and SFO Magazine Announce 2009 STAR Awards Winners and SFO Magazine Announce 2009 STAR Awards Winners

Winners Chosen by Members and Visitors

Tampa Bay, FL, February 5, 2010 –, an interactive social-networking site for active traders and investors, and SFO Magazine, the official advocate for personal investing, announced the winners of the 2009 Superior Trading And Resource (STAR) Awards, an awards program designed to honor companies and individuals in the financial industry for outstanding vendor and author achievement.

The TraderPlanet STAR program is comprised of individual reviews of products and services that provide exemplary performance and value for traders, as determined by the TraderPlanet Editorial staff. Vendors and authors compete in their respective categories, which range from books to seminars to advanced trading platforms.

The full TraderPlanet membership considered the finalists and chose the winners during a voting process that began on December 1st, 2009 and concluded January 31, 2010. The Winners for the 2009 STAR Awards are as follows.

Trading Platforms

1st Place: TradeStation, TradeStation Securities, Inc.

2nd Place: eSignal, a division of Interactive Data Corp.

3rd Place: FXCM, Forex Capital Markets


1st Place:  eSignal, a division of Interactive Data Corp.
2nd Place: Barchart/CRB, Commodity Research Bureau

3rd Place
: CSI, Commodity Systems, Inc.

Brokerage Services

1st Place: FXCM, Forex Capital Markets

2nd Place: TradeStation, TradeStation Securities, Inc.

3rd Place: Lind Waldock, a division of MF Global Holdings Ltd.

Trading Software

1st Place: VantagePoint Intermarket Analysis Software, Market Technologies, LLC
2nd Place: Jan Arps’ Traders’ Toolbox,Jan Arps

3rd Place: TraderAssist Strategies, Creative Breakthrough, Inc.

1st Place: Make Money Trading – How to Build a Winning Trading Business, Author: Jean Folger and Lee Leibfarth

2nd Place: Money Making Candlestick Patterns, Author:Steve Palmquist
3rd Place: Trade Like a Pro: 15 High-Profit Trading Strategies, Author: Noble Drakoln


1st Place: Frontline Thoughts Newsletter, John Mauldin

2nd Place:, John Person


Lane Mendelsohn, Founder of, LLC presents the STAR Award for First Place in the Trading Platforms category to John Roberts, Chief Marketing Officer (left) and Sal Sredni, CEO, TradeStation Securities, Inc.


Louis B. Mendelsohn, CEO, Market Technologies, LLC proudly displays his STAR Award for First Place acheivement in the Trading Software category


Julie Craig, Vice President of Marketing for e-Signal, accepts the STAR Award for First Place in the Data category from Lane Mendelsohn, Founder of, LLC

“We are pleased to announce the conclusion of our first annual awards program” said Founder and President Lane J. Mendelsohn. “Our goal in establishing this award is to recognize the best and the brightest in our industry that have developed new strategies, practices, systems and intellectual properties that help our members gain a competitive advantage and stimulate growth within the financial services industry. We're hoping that the annual challenge will continue to inspire the financial community to develop high-caliber products and services for traders.”

Heather Larson-Blakestad, executive editor for SFO magazine: “Working with in the progression of this awards program has been rewarding. The interaction that we’ve enjoyed with the community as the Publisher Sponsor for the STAR Awards has been positive. We will continue to support’s focus to educate traders with the best available resources, as this is a good fit with our core objective of being an advocate for personal investors.”

Further details and information about the 2010 TraderPlanet STAR Awards may be obtained at:


About, a Tampa Bay, FL-based social-networking site, provides individual traders of all skill levels a one-stop destination for financial information and trading tools. is the only financial networking site of its kind that offers its members a full suite of market data feeds, advanced technical tools and extensive analyst commentary across asset classes, while enabling members to give back to the broader world community through gift giving to charitable causes. Designed to level the playing field between institutional and individual investors,'s interactive, multimedia-platform is designed to promote the free-flow exchange of ideas through questions, answers, and comments geared towards improving trading strategies and investment performance.

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