Charles Schwab and optionsXpress agree to merger

To Our optionsXpress Customers

I am writing with exciting news. This morning, optionsXpress Holdings, Inc (NasdaqGS:OXPS) and The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW) announced that they have agreed to merge, joining a leader in retail options and futures trading with a pioneer in online brokerage and one of the world's most admired companies. The combination creates a larger, stronger, financial services company bringing innovation in trading technology and award winning customer service to investors and institutions.

optionsXpress will be the "Center of Excellence" for options, futures, and forex trading for the combined organization, complementing and accelerating Schwab's current strategy of building a "best-in-class" experience for active investors. Our partnership with Schwab will bring you direct access to many exciting Schwab products, including Schwab's investing, brokerage and banking services.

We will continue to deliver our powerful, yet easy-to-use options and futures trading technology combined with the customer service you love. All aspects of your relationship with optionsXpress, from customer service telephone numbers and the optionsXpress team, to the web site, remain the same. I will continue to lead optionsXpress, based here in Chicago with the same team that has delivered great service to you over the past ten years and we will make every effort to ensure that your every-day interactions with us go smoothly.

For more information click to read the press release and FAQs. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at, through Live Help, or at (888) 280-8020.

On behalf of the entire optionsXpress team, I want to thank you for making us your broker and we look forward to many more years together. We do not take your loyalty for granted. We have been proud to serve you for the last 10 years and we will continue to deliver the trading experience, innovative technology, and excellent customer service you have grown to expect from us.

Thank you again for your support,

Sincerely yours,

David Fisher

Chief Executive Officer
optionsXpress Holdings, Inc.

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