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Patricia Campbell
Peregrine Financial Group, Inc. (PFGBEST)
(312) 775-3411

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ranks Among “Top 50 Brokers” of 2008;

Financial strength, customer assets, reputation propel steady rise

Chicago, December 17, 2008 – in 2008 rose in a survey of the nation’s largest Futures Commission Merchants, conducted by Futures Magazine, and published in its December issue. is currently the 30th ranked of the “Top 50 Brokers”, based on U.S. customer equity funds. is currently ranked as the nation’s second largest non-clearing FCM, as it is not a member of any of the exchanges. This has been the company’s strategy from the start. As Chairman and CEO Russell R. Wasendorf, Sr. explained, “Because is an independent FCM, we can and do select the best clearing entities for all of the products we offer. We make arrangements with the market specialists to ensure our clients’ executions are as efficient and accurate as possible.”

“Since being incorporated in 1991, and licensed as an FCM in 1992, our company has been a strong and vocal advocate for personal investors and traders,” Mr. Wasendorf added. “During 2008, our ranking moved up to 30th from 35th largest. Our reputation is built on well-established risk management practices, and our attentive, respectful care of our customers and their accounts, which had defining moments in this year’s challenging environment. Risk management innovations we’d focused on for years helped customers as well as our network of brokers to accurately and swiftly assess positions and portfolios as volatility in the markets skyrocketed. has an extraordinarily diversified suite of trading products, services and technologies including more than 17 electronic platforms, and it is dedicated to multiple asset class capabilities and providing one-click trading, account management and charting all on one screen. These features proved to be imperative in navigating historically turbulent markets.”

Mr. Wasendorf added that the company has long been dedicated to sustainable investing, a concept that helps educated investors enjoy a longer and more satisfying experience in the markets. He said that in addition to education, the company’s sustainable investing emphasis includes low barrier-to-entry opportunities, such as managed futures accounts and managed forex – and combinations – for customers with minimum allocations of less than $25,000 to achieve broad diversification. is one of the largest non-clearing U.S. futures commission merchants, with customers, affiliates and brokerage offices in more than 80 countries. It offers a diverse range of trading and investor products and services for retail investors as well as for commercial and institutional clients. The company is a leader in futures, managed funds and forex, full-service brokerage, trader education, research, and direct online futures trading through its BEST Direct platform, now celebrating its 10th year. Please visit