and SFO Magazine Announce 2011 STAR Awards Winners

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Six companies recognized for excellence in value of products, services within the financial industry., the financial social-networking site for active traders and investors, and SFO magazine, the official advocate for personal investing, announced the winners of the 2011 Superior Trading And Resource (STAR) Awards, an awards program that honors companies and individuals in the financial industry for outstanding vendor and author achievement.

The TraderPlanet STAR program, now in its third year, is composed of individual reviews of products and services that provide exemplary performance and value for traders. Vendors compete in their respective categories, which range from books to trading courses to advanced trading software.

The TraderPlanet membership and community visitors registered votes in this year’s consideration of the finalists and chose the winners during a voting process that began Nov. 1, 2011 and concluded Jan. 31, 2012. The winners for the 2011 STAR Awards are:

Trading Software: Market Technologies, VantagePoint Intermarket Analysis Software

Trading Courses: Online Trading Academy, Professional Trader Course

Trading Platform: eToro, OpenBook

Newsletter: Online Trading Academy, Lessons From The Pros Newsletter

Data: Commodity Research Bureau, CRB DataCenter

Book: Toni Hansen, Trading From Main Street, Simple Steps to Trading Discipline

“The companies being recognized this year are among an elite group of vendors who have created high quality products that encourage traders to prosper despite volatile market conditions," said Lane J. Mendelsohn, founder and president of “We congratulate them on their continued innovation. In an industry with overwhelming choices, this program offers traders a great way to find the best of the best.”

Michelle Van Dorn, executive editor for SFO magazine added, “There were an extraordinary number of qualified candidates to consider, and the six finalists chosen demonstrate a true commitment to the individual trader’s success. Congratulations to the winners, and we extend our gratitude to the TraderPlanet community for encouraging this caliber of innovation and excellence.”

Further details and information about the 2011 TraderPlanet STAR Awards may be obtained at

About, an Inc. 500 company headquartered in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area is a social-networking site that 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.'s highly interactive, multimedia platform promotes a free-flowing exchange of ideas through questions, answers and commentary geared toward improving trading strategies and investment performance.

About SFO magazine

SFO (Stocks, Futures and Options (, the official advocate for personal investors, is dedicated to providing individual, retail traders with information, education and analysis that they can use to become more successful and more profitable. SFO publishes a monthly e-magazine, weekly e-newsletter, several weekly columns, a daily column and video interviews from the CME trading floor.

SFO is published by Wasendorf & Associates Inc., which was established more than three decades ago as a resource for trading-related education, information and trading recommendations.


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