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This notice is provided to you in compliance with the rules of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). If you are a Private customer you are afforded greater protection under these rules than other customers, and you should ensure that your broker tells you what these are. This notice does not disclose all of the risks and other significant aspects of derivatives products such as futures, options, and contracts for differences. You should not deal in derivatives unless you understand the nature of the contract you are entering into and the extent of your exposure to risk. You should also be satisfied that the contract is suitable for you in the light of your circumstances and financial position. Certain strategies, such as "spread" position or a "straddle", may be as risky as a simple "long" of "short" position.
Whilst derivative instruments can be utilized for the management of investment risk, some investments are unsuitable for many investors. Different instruments involve different levels of exposure to risk, and in deciding whether to trade in such instruments you should be aware of the following points.
Off exchange transactions
It may not always be apparent whether or not a particular derivative is effected on exchange or is an off exchange derivative transaction. Your broker must make it clear to you if you are entering into an off exchange derivative transaction.
While some off-exchange markets are highly liquid, transactions in off- exchange or "non transferable" derivatives may involve greater risk than investing in on-exchange derivatives because there is no exchange market on which to close out an open position, It may be impossible to liquidate an existing position, to assess the value of the exposure to risk. Bid and offer prices need not be quoted, and even where they are, they will be established by dealers in these instruments and consequently it may be difficult to establish what a fair price is.
Contingent liability transactions
The contingent liability represents the possibility of an obligation to pay certain sums dependent on future events. IE you may sustain a total loss of the margin you deposit to establish or maintain a position. Your open positions are revalued continuously during each business day, and any profit or loss is immediately reflected in your account and a loss may result in you being called upon to pay substantial additional margin on short notice to maintain your open positions. If you do not maintain sufficient margin on your account at all times and/or provide such additional funds within the time required, your open positions may be closed at a loss and you will be liable for any resulting deficit.
Contingent liability transactions which are margined require you to make a series of payments against the purchase price, instead of paying the whole purchase price immediately.
If you trade in futures, contracts for differences or sell options you may sustain a total loss of the margin you deposit with your broker to establish or maintain a position. If the market moves against you, You may be called upon to pay substantial additional margin at short notice to maintain the position. If you fail to do so within the time required, you position may be liquidated at a loss and you will be liable for any resulting deficit.
Even if a transaction is not margined, it may still carry an obligation to make further payments in certain circumstances over and above any amount paid when you entered the contract.
Except in specific circumstances under FCA rules, your broker may only carry out margined or other contingent liability transactions with or for you if they are traded on or under the rules of a recognized or designated investment exchange. Contingent liability transactions, which are not traded on or under the rules of a recognized or designated investment exchange, may expose you to substantially greater risks.
If you deposit collateral as security with you broker, the way in which it will be treated will vary according to the type of transaction and where it is traded. There could be significant differences in the treatment of your collateral depending on whether you are trading on a recognized or designated investment exchange, with the rules of that exchange (and associated clearing house) applying, or trading off exchange. Deposited collateral may lose its identity as your property once dealings on your behalf are undertaken. Even if your dealings should ultimately prove profitable, you may not get back the same assets which you deposited and may have to accept payment in cash. You should ascertain from your broker how your collateral will be dealt with.
Before you begin to trade, you should obtain details of all commissions and other charges for which you will be liable. If any charges are not expressed in money terms (but, for example, as a percentage of contract value), you should obtain a clear written explanation, including appropriate examples, to establish what such charges are likely to mean in specific money terms. In the case of futures, when commission is charged as a percentage, it will normally be as a percentage of the total contract value, and not simply as a percentage of your initial payment.
Suspensions of trading
Under certain trading conditions it may be difficult or impossible to liquidate a position. This may occur, for example, at times of rapid price movement if the price rises or falls in one trading session to such an extent that under the rules of the relevant exchange trade in is suspended or restricted. Placing a stop-loss order will not necessarily limit your losses to the intended amounts, because market conditions may make it impossible to execute such an order at the stipulated price.
Clearing house protections
On many exchanges, the performance of a transaction by your broker (or the third party with whom he is dealing on your behalf) is "guaranteed" by the exchange or its clearing house. However, this guarantee is unlikely in most circumstances to cover you, the customer, and may not protect you if your broker or another party defaults on its obligations to you. On request, your broker must explain protection to you under the clearing guarantee applicable to any on-exchange derivatives in which you are dealing. There is no clearing house for traditional options, nor normally for off-exchange instruments which are not traded under the rules of a recognized or designated investment exchange.
Your broker's insolvency or default, or that of any other brokers involved with your transaction, may lead to positions being liquidated or closed out without your consent. In certain circumstances, you may not get back the actual assets which you lodged as collateral and you may have to accept any available payment in cash. On request, your broker must provide an explanation of the extent to which he will accept liability for any for any insolvency of, or default by, other brokers involved with your transactions.
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