SOURCE: The Clark Financial Group, LLC

January 12, 2007 00:01 ET

The Clark Financial Group Selects brokersXpress, LLC Powered by optionsXpress® as New Online Trading Platform

OVERLAND PARK, KS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 12, 2007 --The Clark Financial Group, LLC (CFG), a discount investment brokerage firm headquartered in the Kansas City area, is pleased to announce that it has signed on as a registered branch office for brokersXpress, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of optionsXpress Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: OXPS). This relationship will provide CFG clients access to the award-winning online trading platform from optionsXpress, Inc. rated as the "best online broker" by Barron's for the last four years. *

The move, prompted by a desire to provide technologically advanced trading tools and information to its clients, will give CFG's clients access to tools for evaluating and executing stock and option trades, including real-time streaming quotes, charts, and financial news; stock and fund screeners; free Morningstar reports and virtual trading. Additionally, clients will be offered a wide array of investor education tools covering topics from investing 101 to advanced trading concepts and strategies, all of which are user friendly and web-based, eliminating the need for additional software. Every CFG client will receive free, unlimited use of all the available tools regardless of account size or activity level.

The Clark Financial Group provides full service support to all of its clients at no additional cost above that of its online trading services. "Whether you're just looking for the convenience of online trading, or hands-on professional investment management, CFG can fill your needs," said Chuck Clark, Registered Principal at The Clark Financial Group. "We want to provide our clients with the best of both worlds so they don't have to choose between discount rates and full service support."

For more information about The Clark Financial Group, LLC, including their commission rates, visit or call (800) 797-1979.

*"Best Online Broker" and "4-1/2 Stars" by Barron's, 3/6/06, 3/7/05, 3/8/04, 3/10/03, based on: Trade Execution; Trade Tech; Usability; Offerings; Research; Portfolio Reports; Access/Help; Costs. Barron's is a registered trademark of Dow Jones & Company © 2006.

This communication is strictly intended for individuals residing in the states of Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. No offers may be made to or accepted from a resident of any other state.

All securities products and services are offered through brokersXpress, LLC, member NASD/SIPC, and a Registered Investment Advisor. Online trading has inherent risks due to system response and access times that vary due to market conditions, system performance and other factors. Options involve substantial risk and are not suitable for all investors. Individuals should not enter into option transactions until they have read and understood the risk disclosure explained in "Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options" (PDF), published by the Options Clearing Corporation and available by calling 1-888-678-4667 or from Charles Clark, 7300 W 110th St Suite 700, Overland Park, KS 66210, (800) 797-1979. Privacy policy is available upon request. All rights reserved. © 2006 brokersXpress, LLC. Corporate address: 39 South LaSalle Street, Suite 220, Chicago, IL 60603; phone (888) 280-7030.

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