Welcomes CME Group as Newest Corporate Member

Wesley Chapel, FL, April 20, 2009 –
, a newly launched social networking site for active traders and investors, today announced that Chicago-based CME Group, the world’s largest and most diverse derivatives exchange, has joined as “Explorer” corporate member.

As a “Explorer” member, CME Group will provide educational and market-specific information for the website. offers a range of corporate membership options for companies such as CME Group who have products and services they wish to provide to the community. Corporate members are awarded badges of honor in the form of seals that represent the roles they serve within the trader population.

The TraderPlanet .com corporate membership structure consists of three categories: Explorer, Adventurer and Conqueror, which is the highest designation. In any of these categories, contributions may include market commentaries, educational videos, audio podcasts, tutorials and a daily trading blog.

“We are pleased to welcome the CME Group, which holds the distinction of offering the widest range of benchmark products available across all major asset classes, to our unique and diverse community,” said Lane J. Mendelsohn, founder of “Their valuable insights into the complexities of today’s derivatives markets will certainly be invaluable as we prepare to broaden the scope of the services and educational tools we offer our members.

Mr. Mendelsohn added: “This is a win-win situation for both of us. CME Group will benefit from being part of our community because it puts them in direct contact with both retail and professional traders, thereby enabling them to tailor their product offerings and to ensure that the end user’s goals are met.”


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 fully 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.

About CME Group

CME Group is the world’s largest and most diverse derivatives exchange. Building on the heritage of CME, CBOT and NYMEX, CME Group serves the risk management needs of customers around the globe. As an international marketplace, CME Group brings buyers and sellers together on the CME Globex electronic trading platform and on trading floors in Chicago and New York. By acting as the buyer to every seller and the seller to every buyer, CME Clearing virtually eliminates counterparty credit risk. CME Clearing also offers its financial safeguards package to help mitigate systemic risk, providing the security and confidence market participants need to operate, invest and grow. CME Group offers the widest range of benchmark products available across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, and alternative investment products such as weather and real estate. CME Group is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol “CME.”