thinkorswim, Innovative Online Brokerage Unit of Investools, Establishes Operations in Canada

    Introducing its Award-Winning Trading Platform to Canadian Retail

    CHICAGO and ONTARIO, Canada, Jan. 3 /CNW/ -- thinkorswim, a financial
technology pioneer and industry-leading online brokerage firm, today announced
its expansion into Canada. Canadian traders and investors will be able to open
thinkorswim accounts and trade using thinkorswim's cutting- edge trading
technology and participate in its educational programs. thinkorswim is now
available to residents of Ontario and the company is working toward obtaining
regulatory approval in Canada's other provinces.
    "The growing sophistication of self-directed traders in Canada has
matched that of traders in the U.S.," said Tom Sosnoff, President of
thinkorswim.  "We are very excited to be able to offer our top-ranked trading
platform, research and option training to the Canadian market. The technology
that thinkorswim has developed appeals to all active traders."
    thinkorswim, a unit of Investools Inc. (Nasdaq:   SWIM), is renowned for
pioneering several industry firsts, such as streaming audio and video,
professional analytical tools for the retail trader, and trading classes
taught by veteran market makers. In September 2007, thinkorswim became the
first retail brokerage licensee of CNBC Plus, integrating CNBC's streaming
video content into the thinkorswim trading and research platform.
    "thinkorswim is widely recognized for delivering innovative trading
products using the latest and most efficient technology," said Sosnoff. "We
are now bringing this leading edge platform, which has made us Barron's top-
rated software-based online brokerage, to serve the needs of active investors
in the rapidly expanding Canadian market."
    About thinkorswim Group, Inc.
    thinkorswim Inc., the brokerage arm of Investools Inc. [Nasdaq:   SWIM], is
a leading online brokerage and technology provider focused on offering
services to self-directed options traders and active traders. thinkorswim
offers customers a broad range of products including equity securities, fixed
income, index products, options, futures, other derivatives and foreign
exchange. thinkorswim provides unique front end trading platforms that allow
its customers to trade electronically and provides sophisticated trading tools
and analytics, including tools for implementing complex, multi-leg options
strategies. The products and services offered by Investools Inc. have received
numerous accolades from third parties including thinkorswim's ranking by
Barron's as its top rated software-based online broker and best for options
traders (2006 & 2007), and Prophet's top Barron's ranking for best technical
analysis tools (2006). For more information about thinkorswim, visit or call 1-866-839-1100.

    Media Contact:
    Frances Del Valle

For further information:

For further information: Frances Del Valle, +1-212-717-5499,, for thinkorswim Group, Inc. Web Site:

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