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Business Continuity Planning
B.C. Ziegler and Company (Ziegler) has developed a Business Continuity Plan. We recognize the importance of preparing for disaster scenarios and the importance of taking the necessary steps to provide for business continuity and contingency planning.
Equity Order Flow Disclosure
B.C. Ziegler and Company ("Ziegler") primarily directs its equity order flow to its clearing broker, Pershing an affiliate of The Bank of New York ("Pershing"), for routing and execution.
Proxy Voting Policies/Procedures
Ziegler has adopted these Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures pursuant Investment Company Act Release IC-25922 ("Disclosure of Proxy Voting Policies and Proxy Voting Records by Registered Management Investment Companies").
Code of Ethics
Our Code of Ethics governs our business decisions and actions acting as a statement of our fundamental beliefs and provides our employees with a framework for decision-making.
Content of B.C. Ziegler and Company's Website
B.C. Ziegler and Company's official Internet website ("Site") is intended to provide Ziegler clients and other investors with general information regarding investing, and other specific financialinformation and data such as stock quotes, research reports, commentary regarding specific securities and information pertaining to Ziegler's client accounts. This Site is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security referenced in this Site. The information provided on this Site is for personal, non-commercial use. Ziegler is not providing specific investment advice to any individual viewing the content of the Site and does not represent that the securities or services described herein are suitable for any specific investor. Investors are advised not to rely on any information contained in this Site in the process of making a fully informed investment decision. Users of the Site should contact a Zieglerfinancial advisorbefore making any investment decisions. Ziegler does not provide tax or legal advice through this Site.
Information contained on this Site, including pricing, valuation, and commentary on specific securities, reflects the authors' analysis and other information available as of the publication date indicated. Ziegler does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of such information and such information is subject to change. Ziegler is under no obligation to update the information to reflect changes after the publication date. Furthermore, quotations, news, opinions, commentaries, recommendations, data, pricing and all other information contained on this Site are believed to be reliable, but Ziegler cannot and does not guarantee its accuracy, timeliness or completeness.
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Nothing on this Site shall be construed to be a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell any security, product or service to any non-U.S. investor, nor shall any such security, product or service be solicited, offered or sold in any jurisdiction where such activity would be contrary to the securities laws or other local laws and regulations, or would subject Ziegler or any of its affiliates to any registration requirement within such jurisdiction.
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Links to Other Web Sites
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Third Party Financial Software and Tax Software
Ziegler cannot guarantee that third party financial software or tax software supplied information and content are accurate, complete, or timely and does not make any warranties regarding the results obtained from such use. All information downloaded through use of third party financial software is for tracking purposes only and should not be relied upon or utilized for tax purposes. The Ziegler account statement is the official record of account transactions, positions, and balances executed and maintained at Ziegler. Ziegler disclaims any liability arising from the use of third party financial software or tax software or the content furnished by any third party financial software producer or tax software producer, including but not limited to, any resulting information obtained from such use, or interpretations of information made as a result of such use.
Ziegler Margin Account Facts
Following is information pertaining to any margin account you maintain at Ziegler.
Securities purchased on margin are Ziegler'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, Ziegler can take action, such as issue a margin call and/or sell securities or other assets in any of your accounts held with Ziegler 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
- Ziegler can force the sale of securities or other assets in your accounts(s)
- Ziegler can sell your securities or other assets without contacting you
- You are not entitled to choose which securities or other assets in your accounts(s) are liquidated or sold to meet a margin call
- Ziegler can increase its "House" maintenance margin requirements at any time and is not required to provide you advance notice
- You are not entitled to an extension of time on a margin call
Day Trading 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 intraday 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, a 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 haled 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 $19.95 and an average of 29 transactions are conducted per day, an investor would need to generate an annual profit of $138,852 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 any need to register as either an “Investment Advisor” under the Investment Advisors Act of 1940 or as a “Broker” or “Dealer” under the Securities Exchange At of 1934. Such activities may also trigger state registration requirements.