Spot Trading LLC Selects CUSIP Global Services for Options Tracking, Mapping and Cross-Referencing

NEW YORK, May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- CUSIP Global Services (CGS), a leading provider of unique security and entity identifiers and descriptive data that enable efficient global trading, today announced that Spot Trading LLC, a technology-focused proprietary trading firm, has selected the CGS Options Service for tracking options contracts and to assist with internal symbology cross-referencing.

"Having an official CUSIP for each option contract and the underlying security brings precision and efficiency to our trading operations," said Jordan Zounis, Partner and Director of Research with Spot Trading LLC. "The standardized, 9-character CUSIP also easily maps to the symbols from the Options Price Reporting Authority (OPRA) and Options Clearing Corporation (OCC)."

The CGS Options Service provides CUSIP identifiers and descriptive data for over 500,000 US and Canadian listed equity, ETF, and Index options.  To distinguish them from other CUSIPs, the third position is reserved for a C or P, indicating a call or put option.  CGS' Options Service includes data elements such as strike price, contract size, and the CUSIP Issuer Description, and is delivered via internet FTP.

"We're excited to partner with a technologically progressive firm like Spot Trading," said Matthew Bastian, Director of CGS Market, Business and Product Development.  "Their integration of the Options Service reflects their commitment to maintaining the most comprehensive, accurate and universally interoperable security master database possible.  This level of options data tracking, mapping and cross-referencing is only attainable through a standards practitioner like CGS."

For more information on the CGS Options Service, contact CGS at 212-438-4500.

About CUSIP Global Services
The financial services industry relies on our unrivaled experience in uniquely identifying instruments and entities to support efficient global capital markets.

Our extensive focus on standardization over the past 45 years has helped us earn the reputation for being the trusted originator of quality identifiers and descriptive data, ensuring that essential front- and back-office functions run smoothly.

CGS is managed on behalf of the American Bankers Association (ABA) by S&P Capital IQ, with a Board of Trustees that represents the voices of leading financial institutions.  For more information, visit www.cusip.com.

About Spot Trading
Spot Trading LLC is a Chicago-based proprietary trading firm built on applied technology. The firm relies on the latest in innovation, technology and Research & Development to trade across multiple asset classes in the financial markets. Founded in 1999, Spot has grown to be a leading liquidity provider and market-maker for U.S. exchange-listed derivatives.  Spot deploys a highly integrated model, where traders, quantitative analysts, equity analysts and technologists work closely together to capitalize on pricing opportunities in the market.  Spot has developed an institutionalized and scalable trading platform that promotes collaboration, manages firm-wide risk and uses proprietary technology to enable high performance and a trading edge.  For more information, visit www.spottradingllc.com.

About The American Bankers Association
The American Bankers Association represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation's $14 trillion banking industry and its two million employees. Learn more at www.aba.com.

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