|Traded as||NASDAQ: ETFC
S&P 500 Component
|Founded||Palo Alto, California (1982)|
|Headquarters||Time-Life Building, New York City, United States|
|Rodger Lawson (Executive Chairman)
Karl Roessner (CEO)
|Revenue||US$1.941 billion (2016)|
|US$0.552 billion (2016)|
|Total assets||US$48.999 billion (2016)|
|Total equity||US$6.272 billion (2016)|
Number of employees
E-Trade Financial Corporation (stylized as E*TRADE) is a financial services company headquartered in New York City. It is an online discount stock brokerage firm for self-directed investors. Investors can buy and sell such securities as stocks, bonds, options, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds via electronic trading platforms or by phone. E-Trade Financial also provides banking services to retail investors, such as sweep deposits and savings products.
In 2016, the company processed 164,134 daily average revenue trades.
In 2016, 59% of net revenue was from interest income, 23% of net revenue was from and commissions for order execution, 14% was from fees for order flow and management services, and 4% was from other sources.
The company has 30 branches.
In 1982, William A. Porter and Bernard A. Newcomb founded TradePlus in Palo Alto, California with $15,000 in capital. In 1991 Porter and Newcomb founded a new company, E-Trade Securities, Inc., with several hundred thousand dollars of startup capital from TradePlus. E*Trade offered its trading services via America Online and Compuserve. In 1994 its revenues neared $11 million, up from $850,000 in 1992.
By June 30, 1996, the company had 73,000 customers and processed 8,000 trades per day, with quarterly revenue of $15 million.
In 2003, Toronto-Dominion Bank held talks to merge its TD Waterhouse discount brokerage with E*Trade, but the two sides could not come to an agreement over control of the merged entity. TD Waterhouse wound up merging with Ameritrade to form TD Ameritrade. After the merger, E*Trade continued talks to merge with TD Ameritrade but the two sides could not agree on price and governance rights.
In August 2005, E*Trade Financial acquired Harrisdirect, formerly a discount brokerage service of Bank of Montreal. Two months later, E*Trade acquired Brown & Company (aka BrownCo), formerly a discount brokerage service of JPMorgan Chase & Co., for $1.6 billion in cash.
Subprime portfolio divestiture in 2007
On November 29, 2007, E-Trade announced a transaction in which Citadel LLC invested $2.5 billion in cash in exchange for the company's securitized subprime mortgages, 12.5% senior unsecured notes, and 84,687,686 shares of common stock (equal to 19.99% of the then currently outstanding shares). The transaction removed the assets with the greatest market risk from E-Trade's consolidated balance sheet—the $3 billion asset-backed securities (ABS) portfolio, including its ABS collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) and second lien securities. This resulted in a net $2.2 billion reduction in assets on the company's balance sheet. Citadel received a seat on E-Trade Financial's Board of Directors and Mitch Caplan resigned as E-Trade's CEO. Although E-Trade's management admitted that the deal was costly for the company, it removed the risk associated with the subprime investments and resulted in an infusion of $2.5 billion in cash.
Post subprime reorganization
In November 2007, E*Trade revoked the brand name license from SBI E*Trade Securities in Japan.
In March 2008, E*Trade named Donald Layton, formerly JPMorgan Chase vice chairman, as its new CEO. Layton had joined E*Trade's board of directors in November 2007, at the same time as the Citadel deal.
On March 22, 2010, Steven Freiberg, former co-CEO of Citigroup's global consumer group and former head of the bank's credit card unit, was named as E*Trade's new CEO while Druskin continued in his role as board chairman. The company also announced it would seek shareholder approval for a 1-for-10 reverse stock split.
On September 12, 2016, E*Trade acquired the parent company of OptionsHouse for $725 million and Karl A. Roessner was appointed CEO.
"E*Trade Baby" Advertising Campaign
E*Trade Baby was an integrated advertising campaign that appeared in online, television, print, and social media.
The first E*Trade baby was Gregory Michael Miller, taken in March 2001.
In January 2008, E*Trade debuted advertisements during the Super Bowl featuring a talking baby in front of a web cam discussing investing and finance in an adult voice.
The "insufferable brat" returned the following year for Super Bowl XLVII, along with a Facebook page, updates on Twitter, and videos on YouTube. It is a 30-second "Talking Baby" advertisement. The E*Trade Baby demonstrates a "Save It" initiative that focuses on just how much money is at stake in hidden 401(k) account fees and offers a better approach: "come to E*TRADE, and Save It".
The E*Trade baby was voiced by comedian Pete Holmes.
In 2011, the baby was featured in an advertisement called “Enzo the Tailor,” in which the baby was fitted for a custom-made suit and talked about how his tailor could retire in Tuscany.
In 2013, the company had over 64 million total views and over 26,000 subscribers on YouTube, more than 108,000 Facebook Baby and Corporate pages fans, and more than 17,000 Twitter followers.
- Ajaxo Inc. v. E*Trade Financial Corp.
- Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. v. Manning, a 2016 Supreme Court case involving naked short selling claims against E-Trade and Merrill Lynch, and others.
- Comparison of online brokerages
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