Beautifully engraved Certificate from Etrade
. This historic document was printed by the Banknote Corporation of America and has an
ornate block border with an vignette of the company's name/log and an sphere underprint. This item has the printed signatures of the company's officers.
On July 11, 1983, a doctor in Michigan placed the first online trade using E*TRADE technology. What began with a single click over 16 years ago has now taken the world by storm. Today, E*TRADE customers can be found in all 50 states and 119 countries from Aruba to Zambia. And we’re committed to further redefining the way the world does business.
Founded as a service bureau in 1982 by Bill Porter, a physicist and inventor with more than a dozen patents to his credit, the early E*TRADE provided online quote and trading services to Fidelity, Charles Schwab, and Quick & Reilly. This led Bill to wonder why, as an individual investor, he had to pay a broker hundreds of dollars for stock transactions. With incredible foresight, he saw the solution at hand: Someday, everyone would own computers and invest through them with unprecedented efficiency and control.
It would take years for the world to catch up with Bill’s vision. In 1992, E*TRADE Securities, Inc., one of the original all-electronic brokerages, was born and began to offer online investing services through America Online and CompuServe. Then, with the launch of www.etrade.com in 1996, demand for E*TRADE’s services exploded. A revolution was born.
In 1996, Bill handed the reins over to Christos Cotsakos, a decorated Vietnam War veteran whose courage earned him a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor. Christos came to E*TRADE with over 20 years of senior management experience at Federal Express and A.C. Neilsen, where he served as president, co-chief executive officer, and director.
Under Christos's leadership, E*TRADE shifted into high gear. E*TRADE is now a global leader in online personal financial services with branded Web sites around the world. In March 2000, the company introduced E*TRADE Bank, the nation's largest pure-play Internet bank. And through its digital financial media initiatives, E*TRADE continues to be a leader in providing "anytime, anywhere, any device" access to financial information and transaction capabilities.
In addition to many other accolades, the company continues to get rave reviews for innovation and technology. In March 2000, E*TRADE earned the #1 overall ranking in Gomez Advisors' Internet Broker ScorecardTM for the sixth time in eight quarters. And the company was named #1 U.S. online investing site by the Lafferty Information & Research Group in its Q299 Lafferty Internet Ratings Web-based financial services report (9/99). Christos has been recognized as an industry mover and shaker by Forbes and Fortune, and was honored by Communications Week as the recipient of its prestigious Visionary Award.
E*TRADE's leadership team is comprised of seasoned industry veterans from the fields of technology, operations, finance, and marketing. Because of our reputation, E*TRADE is able to recruit and select the best and the brightest. And our focus is clear: using technology to set the standard for innovation, service, and value for investors seeking more control over their investments.
Our rich suite of products and services can be customized to reflect a customer's unique needs and interests, including portfolio tracking, free real-time quotes, market news, and research available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Customers can access their E*TRADE accounts virtually any time anywhere around the world.
E*TRADE went public in August 1996 and completed a follow-on offering one year later. The Company's common stock trades on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol EGRP. Options trade on the Chicago Board Options Exchange and the American Stock Exchange under the option root symbol QGR. E*TRADE's headquarters are in Menlo Park, California.
Historical information is from the E*Trade website.