We're StockBrokers.com's #1 Investor Community...Thanks to You!

bigdog posted on 02/17/11 at 10:37 AM

We're pleased to announce we've been ranked as the #1 Investor Community by the broker-ranking site, StockBrokers.com! (Check out the full TradeKing review by StockBrokers.com here.)

It's always nice to get a shout-out like this, but we're especially gratified to be recognized for our excellent trader community by a site that itself has grown up as a grassroots organization, helping investors and traders connect with the right broker for their individual needs. 

As always, we know the vibrancy of our community has everything to do with the folks who participate in it daily - that's Y-O-U. Thanks for making the Trader Network a constructive, smart, engaging place to grow as an investor or trader!


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Posted by bigdog on 02/17/11 at 10:37 AM


El Dorado posted February 18, 2011 (09:36PM)

Hello BigDog,
Just a thought, maybe you should charge admission for those that don’t have an active account here, why should they be allowed to gain the wisdom of SP, OF, IT, and many others, or research the extensive data of the TK forum while giving their trade fees to another firm?

bigdog posted February 23, 2011 (09:35AM)

It’s a valid point, El Dorado. We decided to stick with an open-forums policy for several reasons, chief of which being that we like our straightforward business model, as an online brokerage firm. We make money via client transactions, points on asset-holding and on margin accounts (not so much in this interest rate environment, but it is part of the model). If you’re curious about our model, take a ride in the way-back-machine to one of my very first blog posts, How do we do it for $4.95? A slightly dated read, but still pretty up-to-date as to how we do business at TK. (Please excuse any weird typographical stuff there - when we ported these posts over from our original blog platform, there were formatting issues in spots.)

We’re big believers in trader education, in transparency, and in the value of connecting real-world traders to learn from each other – and those have become hallmarks of the TradeKing brand. As we see it, if our clients’ boats rise by becoming more informed traders, their success lifts our boat, too. We think free access encourages more valuable Trader Network conversations and, in turn, leads to a better-informed community of clients. 

Also, you'll notice that Trader Network users denoted as "community members" are actually most often in a temporary state and you soon see them with the "brokerage account holder" badge. They usually open an account, start to join in here as they get to know us, then they usually either fund their account and keep contributing, or they move on. We might take a different view - and we welcome your take, by the way - if this group seemed distracting instead of additive to the conversations. So far we've felt that the openness feels right, like it's the "modern way" to run a community like this. 

We believe it's a win-win, as we get fresh perspective in our conversations and the new participants get to know TradeKing better at the same time.

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