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Trading Direct is a division of York Securities Inc. York Securities has developed a Business Continuity Plan on how we will respond to events that significantly disrupt our business. Since the timing and impact of disasters and disruptions is unpredictable, we will have to be flexible in responding to actual events as they occur. With that in mind, we are providing you with this information on our business continuity plan.
Contacting Us: Under normal conditions, we may be reached by telephone at 800-925-8566 / 212-766-0230, email at email@example.com, or via the website at http://www.tradingdirect.com/Contact. If, after a significant business disruption, you cannot access us through any of those means, you may contact our clearing firm, Pershing, LLC or http://www.pershing.com/ for instructions on how to obtain access to funds and securities, enter orders and process other trade-related situations.
Our Business Continuity Plan: We plan to quickly recover and resume business operations after a significant business disruption and respond by safeguarding our employees and property, making a financial and operational assessment, protecting the firm’s books and records, and allowing our customers to transact business. In short, our business continuity plan is designed to permit our firm to resume operations as quickly as possible, given the scope and severity of the significant business disruption.
Our business continuity plan addresses: data backup and recovery; all mission critical systems; financial and operational assessments; alternative communications with customers, employees, and regulators; alternate physical location of employees; critical supplier, contractor, bank and counter-party impact; regulatory reporting; and assuring our customers prompt access to their funds and securities if we are unable to continue our business.
Our clearing firm, Pershing, LLC, backs up our important records in a geographically separate area. While every emergency situation poses unique problems based on external factors, such as time of day and the severity of the disruption, we have been advised by our clearing firm that its objective is to restore its own operations and be able to complete existing transactions and accept new transactions and payments as quickly as possible. Your orders and requests for funds and securities could be delayed during this period.
Pershing's business continuity plan and other disclosures can be viewed at: http://www.pershing.com/business_continuity.html.
Varying Disruptions: Significant business disruptions can vary in their scope, such as only our firm, a single building housing our firm, the business district where our firm is located, the city where we are located, or the whole region. Within each of these areas, the severity of the disruption can also vary from minimal to severe. In a disruption to only our firm or a building housing our firm, we will transfer our operations to a local site when needed and expect to recover and resume business as quickly as possible. In a disruption affecting our business district, city, or region, we will transfer our operations to a site outside of the affected area, and recover and resume business as quickly as possible. In either situation, we plan to continue in business, transfer operations to our clearing firm if necessary, and notify you through our website www.tradingdirect.com, or our number, 800-925-8566 / 212-766-0230 on how to contact us. If the significant business disruption is so severe that it prevents us from remaining in business, we will assure our customer’s prompt access to their funds and securities.
For more information: If you have questions about our business continuity planning, you can contact us at 800-925-8566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a deep discount broker, Trading Direct, a division of York Securities, Inc., does not render advice to security selection, nor give tax or legal advice. Trading Direct offers investment information and research from Independent Third Party Vendors believed to be reliable. This investment information and research is provided for general information only and is not to be construed as an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any investment security by Trading Direct. These independent third party vendors may render any opinions or recommendations they desire. Trading Direct, a division of York Securities Inc. does not make any warranties or guarantees in any way with regard to this research or investment information. TRADING DIRECT, A DIVISION OF YORK SECURITIES INC. GIVES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES (INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE) WITH RESPECT TO THE INFORMATION.
Neither Trading Direct, a division of York Securities Inc., nor any independent provider/transmitter of Information shall be liable in any way, and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Trading Direct and the independent providers/transmitters for (1) any inaccuracy, error, or delay in, or omission of (a) any Information, or (b) the transmission or delivery of Information; (2) any loss or damage arising from or occasioned by (a) any such inaccuracy, error, delay, or omission, (b) non-performance, (c) interruption of Information due either to any negligent act or omission by Trading Direct or providers/transmitters of Information or to any "force majeure" (i.e. flood, extraordinary weather conditions, earthquake, or other acts of God, fire, war, insurrection, riot, labor dispute, accident, action of government, communications, power failure, or equipment or software malfunction) or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of Trading Direct or the Information providers/transmitters.
In order to protect against identity theft and fraudulent activity in my account, I agree to be responsible for the protection of my user name and password. My broker, Trading Direct, a division of York Securities, Inc, will not be held responsible for any liability resulting from identity theft or fraudulent activity in my account.
I understand and acknowledge that:
a. Penny stocks (any equity security in which the bid and ask price of the security is less than $5 a share) are generally considered high-risk investments and should be purchased purely for speculation.
b. The purchase of penny stocks may involve significant risks, including the loss of my entire investment.
c. Penny stocks may trade infrequently.
d. A market and/or a price may be unavailable when I wish to sell penny stocks and I could lose my entire investment.
e. Even minimum commission costs for this transaction may result in a significant adverse effect to the return on my investment.
f. I attest that any order I place that was not solicited directly or indirectly by you and any security selection is solely my decision.
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Electronic Trading Notice
During times of high market volatility and fast moving stock prices, Trading Direct clients could expect and should be aware of possible rapid price changes, execution delays, and potential access problems. As a result of possible rapid price fluctuations, stock quotes may not keep pace with the actual trading price. Therefore, clients may be at risk of receiving an execution price varying from the market price at the time the order was placed. Such delays in order execution may also occur as a result of heavy order volume in the marketplace and market imbalances. These delays can result in losses, late trade reports, and/or an execution price different from the quote displayed at the time of order entry. You must consider the type of order and your investment objectives carefully before placing an order electronically.
Any decision you may make to buy, sell or hold a security, based on your research will be entirely your own and not in any way to be deemed to be endorsed, or influenced by, or attributed to Trading Direct. It is further understood that, without exception, any order based on such research that is placed with Trading Direct for execution is and will be treated as an UNRECOMMENDED, AND UNSOLICITED ORDER, to include all securities.
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Finra Rule 2264. Margin Disclosure Statement:
We are furnishing this document to you to provide some basic facts about purchasing securities on margin, and to alert you to the risks involved with trading securities in a margin account. Before trading stocks in a margin account, you should carefully review the margin agreement provided by your firm. Consult your firm regarding any questions or concerns you may have with your margin accounts.
When you purchase securities, you may pay for the securities in full or you may borrow part of the purchase price from your brokerage firm. If you choose to borrow funds from your firm, you will open a margin account with the firm. The securities purchased are the firm's collateral for the loan to you. If the securities in your account decline in value, so does the value of the collateral supporting your loan, and, as a result, the firm can take action, such as issue a margin call and/or sell securities or other assets in any of your accounts held with the member, in order to maintain the required equity in the account.
It is important that you fully understand the risks involved in trading securities on margin. These risks include the following:
• You can lose more funds than you deposit in the margin account. A decline in the value of securities that are purchased on margin may require you to provide additional funds to the firm that has made the loan to avoid the forced sale of those securities or other securities or assets in your account(s).
• The firm can force the sale of securities or other assets in your account(s). If the equity in your account falls below the maintenance margin requirements, or the firm's higher "house" requirements, the firm can sell the securities or other assets in any of your accounts held at the firm to cover the margin deficiency. You also will be responsible for any short fall in the account after such a sale
• The firm can sell your securities or other assets without contacting you. Some investors mistakenly believe that a firm must contact them for a margin call to be valid, and that the firm cannot liquidate securities or other assets in their accounts to meet the call unless the firm has contacted them first. This is not the case. Most firms will attempt to notify their customers of margin calls, but they are not required to do so. However, even if a firm has contacted a customer and provided a specific date by which the customer can meet a margin call, the firm can still take necessary steps to protect its financial interests, including immediately selling the securities without notice to the customer.
• You are not entitled to choose which securities or other assets in your account(s) are liquidated or sold to meet a margin call. Because the securities are collateral for the margin loan, the firm has the right to decide which security to sell in order to protect its interests.
The firm can increase its "house" maintenance margin requirements at any time and is not required to provide you advance written notice. These changes in firm policy often take effect immediately and may result in the issuance of a maintenance margin call. Your failure to satisfy the call may cause the member to liquidate or sell securities in your account(s).
• You are not entitled to an extension of time on a margin call. While an extension of time to meet margin requirements may be available to customers under certain conditions, a customer does not have a right to the extension.
(b) Members shall, with a frequency of not less than once a calendar year, deliver individually, in paper or electronic form, the disclosure statement described in paragraph (a) or the following bolded disclosures to all non-institutional customers with margin accounts:
Securities purchased on margin are the firm's collateral for the loan to you. If the securities in your account decline in value, so does the value of the collateral supporting your loan, and, as a result, the firm can take action, such as issue a margin call and/or sell securities or other assets in any of your accounts held with the member, in order to maintain the required equity in the account. It is important that you fully understand the risks involved in trading securities on margin. These risks include the following:
- You can lose more funds than you deposit in the margin account.
- The firm can force the sale of securities or other assets in your account(s).
- The firm can sell your securities or other assets without contacting you.
- You are not entitled to choose which securities or other assets in your account(s) are liquidated or sold to meet a margin call.
- The firm can increase its "house" maintenance margin requirements at any time and is not required to provide you advance written notice.
- You are not entitled to an extension of time on a margin call.
The annual disclosure statement required pursuant to this paragraph (b) may be delivered within or as part of other account documentation, and is not required to be provided in a separate document or on a separate page.
(c) In lieu of providing the disclosures specified in paragraphs (a) and (b), a member may provide to the customer and, to the extent required under paragraph (a) post on its Web site, an alternative disclosure statement, provided that the alternative disclosures shall be substantially similar to the disclosures specified in paragraphs (a) and (b).
(d) For purposes of this Rule, the term "non-institutional customer" means a customer that does not qualify as an "institutional account" under Rule 4512(c)
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FINRA Rule 2270. Day-Trading Risk Disclosure Statement:
You should consider the following points before engaging in a day-trading strategy. For purposes of this notice, a "day-trading strategy" means an overall trading strategy characterized by the regular transmission by a customer of intra-day orders to effect both purchase and sale transactions in the same security or securities.
Day trading can be extremely risky. Day trading generally is not appropriate for someone of limited resources and limited investment or trading experience and low risk tolerance. You should be prepared to lose all of the funds that you use for day trading. In particular, you should not fund day-trading activities with retirement savings, student loans, second mortgages, emergency funds, funds set aside for purposes such as education or home ownership, or funds required to meet your living expenses. Further, certain evidence indicates that an investment of less than $50,000 will significantly impair the ability of a day trader to make a profit. Of course, an investment of $50,000 or more will in no way guarantee success.
Be cautious of claims of large profits from day trading. You should be wary of advertisements or other statements that emphasize the potential for large profits in day trading. Day trading can also lead to large and immediate financial losses.
Day trading requires knowledge of securities markets. Day trading requires in-depth knowledge of the securities markets and trading techniques and strategies. In attempting to profit through day trading, you must compete with professional, licensed traders employed by securities firms. You should have appropriate experience before engaging in day trading.
Day trading requires knowledge of a firm's operations. You should be familiar with a securities firm's business practices, including the operation of the firm's order execution systems and procedures. Under certain market conditions, you may find it difficult or impossible to liquidate a position quickly at a reasonable price. This can occur, for example, when the market for a stock suddenly drops, or if trading is halted due to recent news events or unusual trading activity. The more volatile a stock is, the greater the likelihood that problems may be encountered in executing a transaction. In addition to normal market risks, you may experience losses due to system failures.
Day trading will generate substantial commissions, even if the per trade cost is low. Day trading involves aggressive trading, and generally you will pay commissions on each trade. The total daily commissions that you pay on your trades will add to your losses or significantly reduce your earnings. For instance, assuming that a trade costs $16 and an average of 29 transactions are conducted per day, an investor would need to generate an annual profit of $111,360 just to cover commission expenses.
Day trading on margin or short selling may result in losses beyond your initial investment. When you day trade with funds borrowed from a firm or someone else, you can lose more than the funds you originally placed at risk. A decline in the value of the securities that are purchased may require you to provide additional funds to the firm to avoid the forced sale of those securities or other securities in your account. Short selling as part of your day-trading strategy also may lead to extraordinary losses, because you may have to purchase a stock at a very high price in order to cover a short position.
Potential Registration Requirements. Persons providing investment advice for others or managing securities accounts for others may need to register as either an "Investment Adviser" under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 or as a "Broker" or "Dealer" under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such activities may also trigger state registration requirements.
(b) In lieu of providing the disclosure statement specified in paragraph (a), a member that is promoting a day-trading strategy may provide to the customer, individually, in paper or electronic form, prior to opening the account, and post on its Web site, an alternative disclosure statement, provided that: (1) The alternative disclosure statement shall be substantially similar to the disclosure statement specified in paragraph (a); and (2) The alternative disclosure statement shall be filed with FINRA's Advertising Department (Department) for review at least 10 days prior to use (or such shorter period as the Department may allow in particular circumstances) for approval and, if changes are recommended by FINRA, shall be withheld from use until any changes specified by FINRA have been made or, if expressly disapproved, until the alternative disclosure statement has been refiled for, and has received, FINRA approval. The member must provide with each filing the anticipated date of first use.
(c) For purposes of this Rule, the following terms shall have the meanings specified below:
(1) "Day-trading strategy" shall have the meaning provided in Rule 2130(e).
(2) "Non-institutional customer" means a customer that does not qualify as an "institutional account" under Rule 4512(c)
(3) "Promoting a day-trading strategy" shall have the meaning provided in Rule 2130.01.
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Extended-Hours Trading Risk Disclosure
You should consider the following points before engaging in extended-hours trading. "Extended-hours trading" means trading outside of "regular trading hours." "Regular trading hours" generally means the time between 9:30 a.m. (ET) and 4 p.m. (ET).
Risk of Timing of Order Entry—All orders entered and posted during extended-hours trading sessions must be limit orders. You must indicate the price at which you would like your order to be executed. By entering the price, you agree not to buy for more or sell for less than the price you entered, although your order may be executed at a better price. Your order will be executed if it matches an order from another investor or market professional to sell or purchase on the other side of the transaction. In addition, there may be orders entered ahead of your order by investors willing to buy or sell at the same price. Orders entered earlier at the same price level will have a higher priority. This means that if the market is at your requested price level, an order entered prior to your order will be executed first. This may prevent your order from being executed in whole or in part.
Risk of Execution Pricing—For extended-hours trading sessions, quotations will reflect the bid and ask currently available through the utilized quotation service. The quotation service may not reflect all available bids and offers posted by other participating electronic communications networks (ECNs) or exchanges, and may reflect bids and offers that may not be accessible through Pershing or respective trading partners. This quotation montage applies for both pre- and post-market sessions.
Not all systems are linked; therefore, you may pay more or less for your security purchases or receive more or less for your security sales through a participating ECN or exchange than you would for a similar transaction on a different ECN or exchange.
Risk of Communications Delays or Failures—Delays or failures in communications due to a high volume of orders or to other computer or system problems, including Internet disruptions, may cause delays in or prevent the execution of your order. Any communication or computer problems experienced by Pershing, its designated order manager, or participating ECN or exchange, may prevent or delay the order from being executed. Pershing reserves the right to temporarily or permanently close an extended-hours trading session without prior notification in the event of system failures or unforeseen emergencies. Pershing will not be held liable for missed executions in the case of a system failure.
Risk of Lower Liquidity—Liquidity refers to the ability to buy and sell securities. Generally, if there are more orders available in the market, then the security is more liquid. Due to limited trading activity in the extended-hours trading sessions, the liquidity in these sessions may be significantly less than during regular market hours. Lower liquidity may prevent your order from being executed in whole or in part, or from receiving as favorable a price as you might receive during regular trading hours. In addition, lower liquidity means fewer shares of a given security are being traded, which may result in larger spreads between bid and ask prices and volatile swings in stock prices.
Risk of Trading Halts—News stories may have a significant impact on stock prices during extended-hours trading sessions. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Regulatory Authority (FINRA), or a stock exchange may impose a trading halt when significant news has affected a company's stock price. Any SEC-, FINRA-, or exchange-imposed trading halt will be enforced. Pending orders for a security will be held upon imposition of a trading halt for that security and reinitiated upon resumption of trading during that session.
Risk of Duplicate Orders—There is a risk of duplicate orders if you place an order for the same security in both an extended-hours session and the regular trading session, even if that order is a day order. Orders executed during regular trading hours may not be confirmed until after the post-market extended trading session has already begun. Similarly, orders executed in the pre-market session may not be confirmed until after regular trading has begun.
Risk of Partial Executions—Orders placed during extended trading hours are entered through a participating ECN or exchange, which may be linked to other ECNs or exchanges. Because you cannot add qualifiers to an order, such as all or none (AON) or fill or kill (FOK), a round lot order may be filled in part by an odd lot or mixed lot order, leaving stock left over to buy or to sell. There is a risk that the remaining order may not be filled during the extended-hours session. An odd lot may not be represented in the displayed quote. This would occur in instances in which an order has an execution leaving an odd lot. There are no execution guarantees for an odd lot or the odd lot portion of a mixed lot portion of an order.
Risk of Lack of Calculation or Dissemination of Underlying Index Value or Intraday Indicative Value—For certain derivative securities products, an updated underlying index value or intraday indicative value may not be calculated or publicly disseminated in extended trading hours. Since the underlying index value and intraday indicative value are not calculated or widely disseminated during the opening and late trading sessions, an investor who is unable to calculate implied values for certain derivative securities products in those sessions may be at a disadvantage to market professionals.
Risk of Higher Volatility—Volatility refers to the changes in price that securities undergo when trading. Generally, the higher the volatility of a security, the greater its price swings. There may be greater volatility in extended-hours trading than in regular market hours. As a result, your order may only be partially executed, or not at all, or you may receive an inferior price in extended-hours trading than you would during regular market hours.
Risk of News Announcements—Normally, issuers make news announcements that may affect the price of their securities after regular market hours. Similarly, important financial information is frequently announced outside of regular market hours. In extended-hours trading, these announcements may occur during trading and, if combined with lower liquidity and higher volatility, may cause an exaggerated and unsustainable effect on the price of a security.
Risk of Wider Spreads—The spread refers to the difference in price for which you can buy and sell a security. Lower liquidity and higher volatility in extended-hours trading may result in wider than normal spreads for a particular security.
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Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Before trading options read the Characteristics & Risks of Standardized Options booklet. (external link to http://www.theocc.com/).
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Stop Order Disclosures
• Stop prices are not guaranteed execution prices. A "stop order" or "trailing stop order" becomes a "market order" when the "stop price" is reached and firms are required to execute a market order fully and promptly at the current market price. Therefore, the price at which a stop order ultimately is executed may be very different from the investor's "stop price." Accordingly, while a customer may receive a prompt execution of a stop order that becomes a market order during volatile market conditions, the execution may be at a significantly different price from the stop price if the market is moving rapidly.
• Stop or trailing stop orders may be triggered by a short-lived, dramatic price change. Customers should be informed that during periods of volatile market conditions, the price of a stock can move significantly in a short period of time and trigger an execution of a stop order (and the stock may later resume trading at its prior price level). Investors should understand that if their stop order is triggered under these circumstances, they may receive an execution at an undesirable price even though the price of the stock may stabilize during the same trading day.
• Sell stop or trailing stop orders may exacerbate price declines during times of extreme volatility. The activation of sell stop orders may add downward price pressure on a security. If triggered during a precipitous price decline, a sell stop order also is more likely to result in an execution well below the stop price.
• Placing a "limit price" or "limit offset" on a stop or trailing stop order, respectively, may help manage some of these risks. A stop order with a "limit price" (a "stop limit" order) or a trailing stop with a limit offset becomes a "limit order" when the stock reaches the "stop price." A "limit order" is an order to buy or sell a security for an amount no worse than a specific price (i.e., the "limit price").
By using a stop limit order instead of a regular stop order or a trailing stop with a limit offset instead of a regular trailing stop order, a customer will receive additional certainty with respect to the price the customer receives for the stock. However, investors also should be aware that, because brokers cannot sell for a price that is lower (or buy for a price that is higher) than the limit price selected, there is the possibility that the order will not be executed. Investors are encouraged to use limit orders in cases where they prioritize achieving a desired target price more than getting an immediate execution irrespective of price.
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Netxinvestor & Pershing, LLC.
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