Mobile App iTouGu Drives China Finance Online's Member Acquisition

Jul 09, 2015, 17:32 ET from China Finance Online Co. Limited

BEIJING, July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- China Finance Online Co. Limited ("China Finance Online", or the "Company", "we", "us" or "our") (NASDAQ GS: JRJC), a leading web-based financial services company that provides Chinese retail investors with online access to securities and commodities trading, wealth management products, investment advisory services, as well as financial database and analytics services to institutional customers, announced that since the company launched the updated version 2.0 of mobile application iTouGu in early May, the app downloads and membership registrations have experienced strong growth. In May and June, there were over 100,000 unique member registrations.

The one-stop mobile platform of iTouGu, in Chinese means "love investment and advisory", currently features three main services, 1) the stock brokerage marketplace, Securities Masters; 2) the wealth management marketplace; and 3) stock investment mentoring marketplace.

Since August 2014, the company's real-time web-based trading program, Securities Masters, has successfully and seamlessly integrated with approximately 30 out of total 120 brokerage firms in China. Customers now open accounts, trade stocks and track their holdings with different brokerage firms, all under one log-in and through their mobile devices. During the same period, the company also signed with approximately 70 wealth management firms to offer a broad range of products in mutual funds, fixed income funds and money market funds. In May 2015, the company launched stock investment mentoring marketplace. Since then, there are over 700 portfolio managers opened their stores and began actively mentoring retail investors. With a monthly fee, retail investors now can not only receive stock picking advices nearly 24/7, but review their mentors' current portfolio and live trading records as well.  

Mr. Zhiwei Zhao, Chairman and CEO of the Company, commented, "we strongly believe that the fragmented service provider market eventually needs a complete eco-system to better meet retail investors' needs. We were a bit late on mobile but will let our results speak volume as we took time to study the competitive landscape and develop an open marketplace differentiating us from our peers. Our goal for iTouGu is to reach one million members within 12 months. And we already have mechanism in place to monetize our services when we reach that milestone."

About China Finance Online

China Finance Online Co. Limited is a leading web-based financial services company that provides Chinese retail investors with online access to securities and commodities trading services, wealth management products, securities investment advisory services. The Company's two prominent flagship portal sites, and, are ranked among the top financial websites in China. In addition to the web-based securities trading platform, the Company offers basic financial software, information services and securities investment advisory services to retail investors in China. Through its subsidiary, Shenzhen Genius Information Technology Co. Ltd., the Company provides financial database and analytics to institutional customers including domestic financial, research, academic and regulatory institutions. China Finance Online also provides brokerage services in Hong Kong.

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