Business Continuity Plan
Cary Street Partners has developed a Business Continuity Plan detailing how we will respond to events that significantly disrupt our business. Since the timing and impact of disasters and disruptions are 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 – If, after a significant business disruption, you cannot contact us as you usually do, you should call our alternative number 804-340-8100 or check our website at www.carystreetpartners.com for our latest information. Additionally, our website will provide contact information for your account custodian who can assist you with certain critical transactions should we be temporarily unable to do so. We will re-establish telephone service with our clients as soon as possible.
Our Business Continuity Plan – We plan to quickly recover and resume business operations after a significant business disruption. We will 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.
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 case of a disruption affecting our Investment Banking locations, we will transfer our operations to an alternative site when needed and expect to recover and resume business within one to two business days, and you will be notified how to contact us though our customer emergency number 804-340-8100. In case of a disruption affecting our Wealth Management locations, operations can be quickly transferred to our clearing firm, if necessary, and you will be notified how to contact us through our website www.carystreetpartners.com or our customer emergency number, 804-340-8100. 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 804-340-8100.
Cary Street Partners is the trade name used by two separate limited liability companies – Cary Street Partners LLC, Member FINRA / SIPC, and Cary Street Partners Investment Advisory LLC, a registered investment advisor.
Margin Account Disclosure
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THIS INFORMATION PRIOR TO OPENING A MARGIN ACCOUNT.
Cary Street Partners LLC (hereinafter referred to as “CSP”) and Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC 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 CSP. Please consult your Financial Advisor 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 through Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. If you choose to borrow funds from Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, you will open a CSP margin account. The securities purchased are the 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, CSP or Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC can take action, such as issue a margin call and/or sell securities or other assets in any of your accounts held with CSP, 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 CSP, which made the loan(s), to avoid the forced sale of those securities or other securities or assets in your account(s).
CSP 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 our higher “house” requirements, CSP can sell the securities or other assets in any of your accounts held with us to cover the margin deficiency. You also will be responsible for any short fall in the account after such a sale.
CSP can sell your securities or other assets without contacting you. Some investors mistakenly believe that firms such as CSP 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. While we will try to notify you of margin calls, we are not required to do so. However, even if we have notified you and provided a specific date by which you can meet a margin call, we can still take necessary steps to protect our financial interests, including immediately selling the securities without notice to 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. Because the securities are collateral for the margin loan, CSP has the right to decide which security to sell in order to protect our interests.
CSP 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 us 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.
Day Trader Risk Disclosure
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.
Procedures for Opening a New Account
To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens an account.
WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU: When you open an account, we will ask for your name, address, date of birth, and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask to see your driver’s license or other identifying documents.
For additional information regarding background of a licensed financial professional, you may go to http://www.finra.org/Investors/ToolsCalculators/BrokerCheck/.