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For Immediate Release
January 16, 2008

For more information contact:
Larry Dyekman (312) 781-1372,
Karen Wuertz (312) 781-1335,

NFA permanently bars Commodity Pool Operator and its principal; levies fine of $200,000

January 16, Chicago - National Futures Association (NFA) has permanently barred Cornerstone Capital Management LLC (Cornerstone) and its principal, Joseph Thomas Profit, Jr. (Profit), from NFA membership. Cornerstone and Profit must also pay a fine of $200,000. Cornerstone is a Commodity Pool Operator and Commodity Trading Advisor. The Decision, issued by an NFA Hearing Panel, is based on a Complaint filed in June 2007.

The Panel found that Cornerstone provided false and misleading information to NFA. In addition, the Panel found that Cornerstone failed to provide evidence that it had achieved advertised rates of return when customers actually lost money trading through their program. Finally, the Panel found that Cornerstone and Profit failed to adequately supervise the activities of their firm.

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