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2006 Press Releases

December 13, 2006
Winner named in PFG's quarterly CTA Challenge
Winner Receives $250,000 Allocation.

November 20, 2006
New CTA Challenge competition to begin Dec. 1
Winner Receives $250,000 Allocation.

November 20, 2006
PFG futures brokers report that the company’s retail customers have demonstrated preference for electronic in grains as CBOT markets hit new highs in volumes and prices. Dow Jones reports on this story.

October 25, 2006
Russ Wasendorf, Sr., PFG’s Chairman and CEO discussed the impact of the CME/CBOT merger on the continuing transition of floor trading to electronic trading. He added that while there is staying power for the pits that it comes down to economics. Costs are much higher to maintain a trading floor as opposed to an electronic platform. He also noted that merger connects the CBOT products to the more reliable CME Globex engine.

October 17, 2006
PFG President, Neil Aslin, congratulated the leadership of the CME and CBOT on their merger and discussed the positive aspects for the futures industry in a series of interviews with Bloomberg, Dow Jones, FOW and the Financial Times.

October 16, 2006
The CME announced that it was going to repackage its data and increase fees. In response to this move, Russ Wasendorf, Jr., PFG’s COO, said that as long as there is value added in the repackaging, firms would be accepting. He also noted that this indicates a dangerous trend where the exchanges are starting to charge for online market data when they are in turn not incurring an expense to provide the information.

October, 2006
The October issue of e-FOREX features PFG’s partnership with Currenex, with quotes from Russ Wasendorf, Jr., president of PFG Forex.

September 28, 2006
PFG Chief Operating Officer Russ Wasendorf Jr. appeared nationally on PBS-TV Nightly Business Report to share a view on whether the commodities boom is waning. He notes the S&P markets are providing a trend that clients appear to be noticing as they seek quality markets with opportunities of the moment. Click here to see the segment.

September 11, 2006
PFG announces BEST Direct Web: new capabilities for online futures traders

September 6, 2006
PFG senior vice president, John Welsh discusses the impact of BP’s oil discovery in the Keathley Canyon. Initially, there is an increase in supply and decrease in cost, but the U.S. still needs to keep their eye on the ball.

September 5, 2006
PFG Forex partners with Currenex for institutional interbank access

August 21, 2006
Futures and Options World Interview

August 21, 2006
PFG announces new capabilities for online futures traders

August 8, 2006
PFG senior analyst, John Welsh, following oil futures and discussing their recent activity with the Sun-Times believes that enough anxiety exists for this market to move on anything. He also says that $4/gallon for gasoline is becoming more likely since Americans are reluctant to reduce driving. Click here to read the full article.

August 3, 2006
Speaking to Bill Barnhart from the Chicago Tribune, PFG senior vice president, John Welsh is quoted on the fear of another Katrina and the affects on the markets. Right now when the forecasters speak there is added anxiety in the marketplace. To read the full article, click here .

August, 2006
The August issue of Global Investing features a byline by John Welsh who is not exactly bullish about gold.

July 27, 2006
Russ Wasendorf, Sr., PFG's chairman and CEO, discussed the CBOT making grain trading available electronically, enabling customers to trade “side-by-side” with pit traders for the first time. Russ believes there will be a slow shift as individuals have positions they won't until they roll to the next delivery month, such as December contracts in late August.

July 27, 2006
PFG Appoints Lisa Kalamaras as Forex Treasurer

July 21, 2006
Click here to read Russ Wasendorf, Jr. quoted in the Sun-Times where he discusses floor and electronic trading as the CBOT closes in on the metals market share dominated by NY's Comex.

July 18, 2006
PFG Hires Dan McMullin, Senior Trading Analyst

July 17, 2006
PFG expert, John Welsh, highlights CNBC's Power Lunch.

July 13, 2006
New Hires and Promotions at PFG.

July 3, 2006
PFG's chairman and CEO was quoted in F&O Week about the CBOT's decision to prolong their fee waiver for market data for another year. Russ, Sr. points out that while the CBOT was not incurring any extra costs to provide this data to the customers, the FCM who creates the mechanism to deliver this data would incur costs as they would have to create the infrastructure.

June 19, 2006
Russ Wasendorf Jr., PFG's COO, was quoted in F&O Week on the launch of silver options at the CBOT. Russ said while metals were picking up (at the CBOT), it is still up to the CBOT's marketing and education to get the word out about the contract opportunity there.

June 15, 2006
PFG Announces Quarterly CTA Challenge Winner of $250,000 Account Allocation

June 14, 2006
PFG Senior Vice President John Welsh recently appeared on CNBC’s Power Lunch where he discussed the attractiveness of the gold market. In his opinion, the fact that the gold market is moving makes it an appealing contract. Click here to see the complete discussion on CNBC.

June 4, 2006
Click here to watch PFG’s own John Welsh discuss the price of gold on PBS’s Nightly Business Report’s mid-year commodity wrap up.

May 23, 2006
Russ Wasendorf, Sr., PFG’s chairman and CEO, appeared on the PBS program Nightly Business Report discussing the recent activity in metals and energies. Demand is increasing from Asia, India and the U.S., but production has not. Click here to watch the video.

May 22, 2006
Chicago Sun Times reported that the PFG CTA Challenge is designed to identify “up and coming” star managers of futures accounts. Read the story here.

May 19, 2006
In the May 22 issue of Futures and Options Week online, PFG’s CEO notes that customer demand for electronic precious metals contracts has tipped to the Chicago eCBOT market from New York. PFG has about three times the open interest in eCBOT precious metals as it does at Comex. Click here for the full story.

May 18, 2006
PFG Announces New CTA CHALLENGE To Begin June 1

May 15, 2006
Industrial metals are in the news, and PFG Sr. Broker John Welsh notes in the Chicago Tribune that prices are not necessarily topping out, but that a higher range is also likely for copper, zinc.
Click here for the full story

May 12, 2006
Click here to watch CNBC’s Morning Call program that aired on Friday, May 12, where the topic was, “Will Commodities Remain Hot?” The show's hosts Liz Claiman and Mark Haynes asked PFG’s John Welsh whether there is an end in sight to all-time highs in certain sectors. Where is technical resistance? At what price will we see consumer resistance, and how will our lives be impacted? Watch as one of our experts with 20 years of history in watching markets gets into, and out of their price ranges, sheds light and helps answer... how high is too high?

April 20, 2006
PFG Announces Bill Hoerter to Director of Business Development

April 7, 2006
Russ Wasendorf, Jr., COO of PFG, was interviewed by Diane Eastabrook for the PBS program Nightly Business Report on how the rise in commodity prices has increased investor interest in futures markets, thus doubling PFG’s client base over the last year.

March/April 2006
In its spring issue, Futures Industry Magazine focused on the top-ranking FCM’s and the differences between their business models, with PFG among the top firms in customer segregated funds. The issue also noted the appointments of Brenda Cuypers as PFG’s CFO and Herb Kral as the director of managed futures for PFG.

March 13, 2006
Russell Wasendorf, Sr., chairman and CEO of PFG, stated in Futures & Options Week that he believes that the NYSE and Nasdaq will eventually expand their product offering to include futures products. He believes the recent success of the CBOT’s IPO was a good omen for other exchanges going public, including the NYSE’s March 8th public debut.

March 2006
In this month’s FOW Magazine, Russ Wasendorf, Sr. was broadly quoted and his industry thought leadership tapped on a story about highlights of 2005 and challenges and opportunities for the futures world in 2006. He discussed consolidation, the importance of exchanges progressing away from the member-control model into the realm of electronic trading, and congratulated the exchange leadership for stunning efforts at opening those doors while still being able to reward the members for their advancements.

March 16, 2006
In a press conference held earlier today at the Futures Industry Association Conference in Boca Raton, FL, PFG chairman and CEO Russell Wasendorf, Sr. announced the latest developments in the Trading Technologies lawsuit alleging patent infringement against PFG. Both Russ, Sr. and Harris Brumfield, TT’s CEO, agreed that the BEST Direct™ system, established in the 1990’s, predates TT’s patents-in-suit. TT acknowledged that it has never asserted infringement against PFG’s BEST Direct™ system and that this product does not infringe on the patents-in-suit. While a previous version of the BEST Direct Fast system developed by TradeMaven LLC and distributed for a short time by PFG was found to be infringing on the patents-in-suit, the current version of BEST Direct Fast 3.0x has not been accused of patent infringement. PFG will continue to support and offer BEST Direct Fast 3.0x to all existing and new clients. TradeMaven and PFG continue to work together to provide an excellent, innovative entry screen under the brand name of BEST Direct Fast. Read Wednesday’s press release and more on this story in Crain’s online and Reuters via Yahoo.

February 23, 2006
Neil Aslin, PFG’s President, was quoted in the Chicago Tribune about the reasons for the certainty that the Chicago Climate Exchange, created by Richard Sandor, will succeed. PFG is a liquidity provider for this market-based solution to a social issue.

February 2006
MAR/Hedge, one of the managed funds industry’s most respected monthly publications, reported on the PFG CTA Challenges for 2006. The first quarterly competition gets underway on March 1. Herb Kral, director of Managed Futures for PFG, gives the details in the February issue of MAR/Hedge, including mentions of past CTA Challengers and their progress.

January 31, 2006
Coverage of the 4th year of the CTA Challenge sponsored by PFG ran today on Yahoo!,, John Lothian electronic newsletter and national business sites quoting Herb Kral, director of PFG Managed Futures. The CTA Challenge begins on March 1 and there will be a total of four, 3-month competitions launched in 2006.

January 30, 2006
PFG Announces New CTA CHALLENGE To Begin March 1

January 24, 2006
PFG promotes Brenda Cuypers to CFO

January 18, 2006
Russ Wasendorf, Jr., COO of PFG, spoke with Yacenia Salcedo of Futures Magazine on which futures contracts were the most popular with retail clients using electronic platforms’and why. Coming in the March issue of Futures, these comments noted the top 10 contracts by volume traded through PFG’s BEST Direct electronic trading platform, and Wasendorf detailed some of the distinctions in margins and other benefits and challenges inherent in the different contracts.

January 16, 2006
PFG chairman and CEO Russell Wasendorf, Sr. was featured as Crain’s Chicago Business ’Info Junkie’. Each week the publication chooses a different influential Chicagoan to get feedback on how they receive information vital to their professional success. Check out the full article in the January 16th issue of Crain’s Chicago Business.

January 11, 2006
PFG names Herb Kral to enrich Managed Futures Business

January 2006
"Different to be Better — the PFG Way"
Introducing the company’s new campaign to highlight the distinctions that make us BETTER in the eyes of our customers!

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