Barron’s Awards 4 Stars to Raleigh’s Own Place Trade in "Best Online Brokers" Special Report

Barron’s Magazine awarded Place Trade an overall 4 Star rating and named the firm to its 2012 list of Top Online Trading Firms. Barron's 17th annual ranking of online brokers was featured in the March 12, 2012 issue in a Special Report entitled Barron’s Best Online Brokers – Cut the Cord.

Raleigh, NC, March 15, 2012 --( Sarah M. Place, President and CEO of Place Trade Financial, Inc. (Member FINRA, SIPC),, a global full service brokerage and online trading firm, announced that Barron’s Magazine awarded Place Trade an overall 4 Star rating and named the firm to its 2012 list of Top Online Trading Firms. Barron's 17th annual ranking of online brokers was featured in the March 12, 2012 issue in a Special Report entitled Barron’s Best Online Brokers – Cut the Cord.

Barron's awarded Place Trade with a 4 Star rating and a top ten finish in the overall rankings placing above several of the most recognized firms in the industry. Place Trade was specifically noted for excelling in the following categories: Trading Experience and Technology, Usability, Portfolio Analysis and Reports, Customer Service and Education.

In addition to receiving high marks for being one of the top online trading firms, Barron’s noted that Place Trade “customers can also access the full-service brokerage offerings as well at a surprisingly low price” and that Place Trade offers “a great deal of personalized service.”

“I am honored to have Place Trade included in Barron’s list of top online brokers,” said Place. “The competition in the online trading industry is intense. As a full service financial firm that offers both discount and online trading, we are particularly proud to be included as one of the top ten overall best online trading firms in such a highly respected publication. It has always been our goal to offer the best investment experience for our full service clients and we are working hard to bring the very best trading experience to our online trading clients as well.”

“We are very thankful to all of our clients who continue to place their trust in us,” Place added. “We are also grateful to all of our employees for their important part in achieving this honor and commend them for their continuing role in providing excellent customer service.”

How Barron’s evaluated the firms:
Barron’s evaluated 27 firms, focusing on what they have to offer for wealthy, active traders. These firms were evaluated across eight categories, looking for what can be traded online, how the tools work together across platforms, the design and capabilities of mobile platforms, educational offerings and customer service, and the nuts and bolts of placing and executing a trade. When examining costs, Barron’s considered stock and options commissions as well as platform or maintenance fees, margin debt and charges for transferring an account.

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Barron's ( is America's premier financial magazine since 1921. Through both its financial magazine and website, Barron’s is renowned for its market-moving stories. Barron's provides readers with a comprehensive review of the market's recent activity, coupled with in-depth, sophisticated reports on what's likely to happen in the market in the days and weeks to come. Barron’s provides highly respected analysis and commentary on the markets, with updated information every business day online.

Barron's reaches an influential audience of senior executives, powerful institutional investors, affluent individual investors and leading financial professionals. And is considered to be the most sophisticated magazine in its field, it is read by the most sophisticated investors in America, whether they’re investing their own money or others’. Barron’s helps readers to “See What Others Don’t” in the market, providing them with an accurate understanding of what happened in the markets last week coupled with insights into what’s likely to happen in the markets in the weeks to come. Barron’s arms these self-reliant readers to anticipate market events, not react to them. Here’s a look at Barron’s affluent, influential readers.

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About Place Trade Financial, Inc.:
Place Trade Financial, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC (, is a global full service, discount brokerage firm with online trading. Headquartered in Raleigh, NC; Place Trade is currently celebrating ten years in the Triangle. Place Trade offers trading in over 100 market centers, spanning 19 countries, trading in several major languages and offering state of the art trading platforms for experienced online traders as well as professional traders, independent registered representatives, business and individual investors.

Clients can choose to work with an experienced financial advisor, trade online or enjoy the flexibility of using both services. Place Trade offers a full suite of financial products and services including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, options, 401(k) rollovers, retirement planning, college planning, wealth management, extensive trading tools, unbiased third party research, deep discount commissions, the lowest margin rates and more. Place Trade is a Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) registered firm as well.

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Place Trade is on Facebook at and on Twitter @PlaceTrade

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