Trading terms and conditions
ENIGMA STRATEGY LIMITED - TERMS OF BUSINESS
Enigma Strategy Limited is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), under the Financial Services Act 2000 (“the Act”), FRN 926961. This Agreement sets out the terms and conditions which govern any business which we do with you, and certain matters, which we are required to disclose to you under the FCA Handbook of Rules and Guidance (“the FCA Rules”).
This Agreement supersedes any previous trading terms and conditions agreed between us. Words and expressions used in this Agreement (unless the context otherwise requires) have the same meanings as in the FCA Rules. References in this Agreement to statutes, the FCA Rules and any other rules, regulations or laws shall be to such statutes, FCA Rules, rules, regulations and laws as modified, amended, restated or replaced from time to time. Headings in this Agreement are for convenience only and shall not affect the interpretation of this Agreement.
This client agreement gives details of the services we shall provide to you. It also sets out your and Enigma Strategy’s rights and obligations and should be read carefully.
By signing this agreement, you agree to the terms of this Client Agreement and confirm that you have read and understood the risk warning notice below. This agreement will be in force from the date of your acceptance.
1. About Enigma Strategy Limited
1.1 Enigma Strategy Limited (Enigma Strategy) are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Enigma Strategy Ltd FCA registration number is 926961. Our permitted business is arranging and advising on investments. You can access more information on our permissions via the FCA website www.fca.gov.uk/register
1.2 Enigma Strategy was incorporated in 2019 and is registered in England and Wales, the company number is 12315940.
1.3 Enigma Strategy and its members and agents are independent; we are therefore able to be impartial when arranging investments and shall advise you on whatever course of action we consider to be most suitable. We shall act as your agent in any dealings.
We are not permitted by the FCA to hold client money; we have appointed CUSTODIANS to arrange the safekeeping and administration of client money. The CUSTODIANS have the authority to engage one or more third parties, selected at their discretion to provide clearing, settlement, safe custody, nominee, and associated services to you and to change the third party they have selected without your consent (each where appropriate, collectively referred to as the “Custodian”).
3. Our Services
3.1 Enigma Strategy is authorised by the FCA to advise on, arrange deals in, deal as agent and principal or manage investments in shares, warrants, commodities, units, government or public securities, certificates and debentures and as principal in rights to or interests in investments, and to arrange safeguarding and administration of assets and offer any other services that are regulated activities in any investment types or instruments that we are permitted to deal in or advise on by law or regulation.
3.2 Enigma Strategy is also authorised by the FCA to offer advice and services relation to corporate finance business.
3.3 Enigma Strategy reserves the right to refuse to open account. There may be regulatory constraints on the offer of our services to residents of certain territories outside the UK and you are required to notify us on applying to become a client if you reside outside the UK.
3.4 Enigma Strategy will provide the following services unless otherwise specified in the Agreement;
3.4.1 Effecting transactions upon your instructions in accordance with the Agreement;
3.4.2 Dealing with you as principal or for you as your agent or arranging deals in all kinds of investments
3.4.3 Advising you on the purchase of smaller capitalised companies or penny shares; or on the companies whose shares are tradable on the London Stock Exchange, AIM or other RIEs.
3.5 Where we provide advice or information, we shall use reasonable endeavours to ensure such advice or information is accurate, but you acknowledge that advice and information provided by us may be based upon information obtained from third parties and/or which is incomplete and unverified. We shall not be liable for any costs, claims, liabilities, expenses or losses which you may suffer as a result of relying on any such advice or information unless we have been negligent or acted in bad faith.
3.5.1 We do not always undertake to monitor or review your investments at regular intervals or otherwise and this therefore remains your responsibility. However, we may, at our discretion, periodically contact you by telephone, post, fax or email with details of new investments and/or suggested changes to your holdings that we believe are suitable for you.
3.5.2 We do not offer advice on the tax consequences which might results from investments we recommend or custody for you and will not accept any liability for any such consequences.
3.5.3 Investments in shares traded or to be traded on the above-mentioned exchanges depend on the performance of the company and the fluctuations of the financial markets, which is outside our control. Past performance of the investment is not an indicator of future performance.
3.5.4 Any restrictions on the type of investments you wish to purchase will be made by you either on the account application form or in writing to us at any time.
3.5.6 Your investment objectives are set out in the account application form. Should your investment objectives change at any time, you must inform us immediately. Any change in your investment objectives may result in us ceasing to act for you.
3.6 We are not authorised to and will not act for you on a discretionary basis unless you enter into a further agreement with Enigma Strategy that Enigma Strategy will provide you with a Discretionary Managed Service as in Schedule 1.
3.7 We shall not be obliged to effect any transaction, nor do anything else which we believe would breach any statute law, FCA Rule, Rule or regulation.
4. Arranging Service
4.1 When instructed by you, we will make arrangements for you to buy or sell the investment stipulated by you.
4.2 We may provide arranging services in conjunction with our Advisory Service;
4.3 In arranging your transactions we will at all times be acting on your behalf and will give the CUSTODIAN trading instructions on your account;
4.4 You hereby expressly acknowledge the following:-
4.4.1 You agree to be bound by Enigma Strategy’s Terms of Business;
4.4.2 Where you instruct us to trade on your account you grant authority to Enigma Strategy to give the CUSTODIAN instructions on your account;
4.4.3 That the CUSTODIAN will be responsible for settling trades with you and will send to you directly any deliverable documents, or credit your account with any sale proceeds. Trade confirmations will be emailed to you directly from the CUSTODIAN.
4.4.4 Where we provide arranging services, we will at all times be acting on your behalf as an arranger; and
4.4.5 We will not be responsible for executing your order, which will be passed to CUSTODIAN who will be responsible to provide you with best execution.
4.4.6 We will not be responsible for any errors, omissions or material breaches which are the sole responsibility of the CUSTODIAN(©).
5. Client Classification
5.1 Based on the information you have provided, which is your sole responsibility to ensure is accurate at the time of providing you have been classified according to FCA guidelines as a Retail Client. If other firms regulated by the FCA would normally classify you as a Professional Client we may wish to re-classify you as a Professional Client. We will notify you in writing if we wish to change your client classification.
5.2 If we categorise you as a Professional Client, you will not benefit from the same level of protection afforded by the FCA Rules to Retail Clients. For example, you may not have rights under the Financial Ombudsman Service or Financial Services Compensation Scheme. We will provide you with more information concerning this on request.
5.3 You are responsible for keeping us informed about any change that could affect your client categorisation. You have the right to request a different client categorisation, however, we may choose not to deal with you on such basis.
6.1 Enigma Strategy will be solely responsible for passing any trading instructions on your account to CUSTODIAN for execution and settlement.
6.2 We shall act on instructions given by you or by any person you have nominated as long as you have notified us, in writing, and this person has full capacity to give such instructions. You authorise us to rely and act on these instructions of the nominated person without further enquiry on our part.
6.3 You will be responsible for and bound by all contracts, obligations, costs and expenses entered into or assumed by us on your behalf in consequence of or in connection with orders, instructions or communication received from you or person(s) you may have nominated.
6.4 We can accept instructions from you either in person, by letter, email, fax or telephone.
6.5 These instructions will be acknowledged either in person, by letter, email, fax or telephone.
6.6 It is your responsibility to ensure only you have access to the email address you use for trading with Enigma Strategy and keep it safe.
6.7 We shall keep you or, if you want, the person you nominate informed about transactions arranged for you. We can also send, trade confirmation notes to you or that person by email.
6.7.1 If you have asked for our advice on any investments, we may give that advice to you either in person, by letter, email, fax or telephone. Please note that if we think it is appropriate, we may take advice for you from another person authorised under the Financial Services Act 2012 or an exempted person. (Please ask us to explain these terms if you are unsure of their meaning.) If this happens we shall tell you that we have done so.
6.7.2 Enigma Strategy will remain responsible for the advice taken from another authorised person or an exempted person.
6.8 If Enigma Strategy has introduced you or referred you, with your permission, to another authorised person or an exempt person we will not remain responsible for any advice given.
7.1 You expressly invite us, for the purpose of administering the terms of this Agreement or otherwise marketing financial services and products, to make direct contact with you by letter, email, fax or telephone.
7.2 Any communication by telephone will be between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays. You are required to specify any restrictions at the time your account is opened and you must notify us of any changes by letter, email, fax or telephone.
7.3 Enigma Strategy may contact you on any telephone number, including unlisted numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses and physical addresses provided by you to us.
7.4 All contract notes, advice notes or similar communications will be dispatched or transmitted to you at your physical address/e-mail address shown in our records for this purpose.
7.5 All other notices, letters and other written communications will be sent by you to our address as shown on this agreement and by us to your address as detailed on your Account Application document unless you have notified us in writing. They will be deemed to have been received at the times when in the ordinary course they would have been received.
7.6 Our telephone lines are be recorded for monitoring and training purposes. Such recordings remain the sole property of Enigma Strategy. You accept that Enigma Strategy may rely on these recordings in the event of a dispute.
7.7 Communications will be provided in English unless otherwise stated.
8. Commissions and Charges
8.1 The commissions and fees payable by you for our services under this Agreement, including the basis of their calculation and how frequently they are to be paid and collected, are specified in our Rate Card, Broker LPOA, IMA and/or the Account Application document. Any amendments to the fees and charges specified in our Rate Card and/or our Account Application document will be notified to you in writing.
8.2 You will be responsible for payment of any taxes (including, without limitation, any value-added tax which will be paid in addition to our charges) and any brokerage fees, transfer fees, registration fees, stamp duty and all other charges, costs and expenses payable or incurred or paid by us in connection with our services to you as specified.
8.3 We may share dealing charges with our associated companies or other third parties or receive remuneration from them in respect of transactions carried out on your behalf. Details of any such remuneration or sharing arrangements will be made available to you on request.
8.4 We reserve the right to outsource our onboarding and account opening procedures to regulated third parties with whom we have established agreements.
8.5 In the event of your failure to make any payment due to us when requested we reserve the right to retain any money or securities held for you to satisfy your liability to us.
8.6 Enigma Strategy "the firm" may receive ongoing remunerations on any account that is opened with the underlying broker(s) (Counterparties) through the firm. This commission is agreed with brokers through a commercial business agreement and is between 40% - 50% of the spreads charged. Customers will see no difference in spreads or trading conditions whether opening a trading account directly with the broker or via Enigma Strategy.
9. Your Money
9.1 We are not permitted by the FCA to hold client money; we have appointed CUSTODIANS to arrange the safekeeping and administration of client money.
9.2 The CUSTODIANS have authority to engage one or more third parties, selected at their discretion to provide clearing, settlement, safe custody, nominee and associated services to you and to change the third party they have selected without your consent (each where appropriate, collectively referred to as the “Custodian”).
10. Your Investments
10.1 Enigma Strategy Investments have appointed the CUSTODIANS to arrange the safekeeping and administration of assets purchased by us on your behalf. Refer to clause 9.1 and 9.2 for further details.
10.2 Whenever we execute an order for you, the transaction will be confirmed by a contract note that will be either transmitted or sent to you by the CUSTODIANS, in accordance with the FCA Rules.
10.3 Before executing any instruction to purchase investments, we shall require sufficient funds to cover the purchase.
10.4 Before executing any instruction to sell investments not already held with us we shall require them to be delivered to us prior to the transaction.
10.5 Certificates or other title documents will be sent by us to you, or the person nominated by you, in writing. Any bearer investments will be sent by us to you, or to the person nominated by you. Any certificates, title documents or investments so sent will be at your risk and at your expense. 10.6 We shall report to you in writing with a statement of current values for your investments held with us at six-monthly intervals.
11. Best Execution
11.1 When executing an order on your behalf we will, subject to any instructions that you give us, take all reasonable steps to achieve the best possible result for you in accordance with FCA rules and our order execution policy.
11.2 Should you give us specific instructions, which we accept, as to how you wish your order to be executed, we will follow those instructions. Nevertheless, this may prevent us from achieving the best possible result for the execution of that order.
11.3 We will execute your orders via the CUSTODIAN until further notice.
11.4 We do not accept liability for any loss resulting from the failure or delay on the part of a third party in respect of the execution of your instruction, or for your instructions being executed at a different price than that which could have been obtained if the instruction had been executed at the time anticipated by you.
11.5 We reserve the right to delay the processing of any instruction if, we cannot readily deal in the investment to the value of the instruction on the processing date, or it is not reasonably practicable for us to process the instruction on that date due to circumstances beyond our control.
11.6 We will handle customer orders fairly and in due turn. We may aggregate your order with orders of other persons when we believe it is in the overall best interests of our customers to do so. Such aggregation may on some occasions operate to your disadvantage and on other occasions to your advantage.
12.1 You agree that we have a right to amend these Terms of Business by sending you either a notice of the amendment in writing or a revised Agreement. We will give you at least ten business days’ notice of any change.
13.1 Either of us may terminate this Agreement by written notice at any time. Any termination given by us may take effect immediately or on such a later date as the notice may specify. Any notice of Termination given by you will take effect 90 days after the date on which we receive such notice.
13.2 Termination will not, in any event, affect accrued rights, existing commitments or any contractual provision intended to survive termination and will be without penalty or other additional payment save that you will pay (i) our fees pro-rata to the date of termination; (ii) any additional expenses necessarily incurred by us in terminating this engagement letter; (iii) any losses necessarily realised in settling or concluding outstanding obligations.
13.3 On termination of our appointment we shall promptly account to you for all investments and cash held by us or any nominee company of ours for your account, save that we shall be entitled to retain such commissions and cash as may be required to settle transactions already initiated and to pay any outstanding liabilities.
13.4 If, on termination, any money is or may become due as a result of a commitment entered into on your account (“an outstanding account”) we may at our sole discretion sell such of the investments as we may select in order to realise cash sufficient to cover any outstanding amount (but only to the extent that insufficient cash is otherwise held on your account and available for the purpose) and/or cancel, close out, terminate or reverse any transaction or enter into any other transaction or do anything which has the effect of reducing or eliminating liability under any contracts, positions or commitments undertaken on your account. You will be given at least three business day’s written notice of our intention to exercise this right.
13.5 We are also entitled to terminate this Agreement without notice to you if, within the period of twelve months prior to termination, you have not instructed us to arrange any transaction in investments pursuant to this Agreement.
13.6 Where this Agreement is addressed to more than one person:
13.6.1 Any notice of Termination may be given by or to any one of you. We need not enquire as to the authority of that person.
13.6.2 Your liabilities under or in connection with this Agreement are joint and several.
13.6.3 Our authority under this Agreement is given by you on behalf of your successors in title as well as yourself. Accordingly, on your death, this Agreement will continue in effect until terminated by your personal representatives. We may (but prior to any grant of representation, are not bound to) act on the instructions of your personal representatives.
14. Complaints Procedure
14.1 How you can make a complaint. For more information on our complaints handling procedure, please visit our website at: https://www.enigmastrategy.com/mifid-complaints-procedure
14.2 Complaints that are not resolved with the advisor should be addressed to The Compliance Officer (Roderic Owen-Thomas) at Enigma Strategy Ltd, 35 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, W1J 5BF or emailed to [email protected].
14.3 We will endeavour to resolve your complaint as quickly as possible, but in any event, will acknowledge receipt of your complaint within five business days. Upon resolution of your complaint, we will send you a final response letter, which sets out the nature of that resolution and any applicable remedy. The final response letter will be issued by the end of eight weeks from the first receiving the complaint. Should you not be satisfied with the outcome, you may be eligible to take the complaint further to the Financial Ombudsman Service. A copy of our complaints procedures is available on request.
15. Financial Services Compensation Scheme
15.1 We are covered by the FSCS. You may be entitled to compensation from the scheme if we cannot meet our obligations. This depends on the type of business and the circumstances of the claim. Most types of investment businesses are covered for 100% of the first £85,000. (£170,000 if a joint account)
15.2 Further information about compensation scheme arrangements is available from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme at www.fscs.org.uk.
16. Risk Warnings
You acknowledge that you have read the notice set out below and that you understand the nature of the risks which are inherent in securities trading and that you are prepared to accept these risks.
16.1 General Risk Warning: The past performance of any investment is not necessarily a guide to future performance. The value of investments or income from them may go down as well as up. As stocks and shares are valued from second to second, their bid and offer value fluctuates sometimes widely. The value of shares may rise as well as fall due to, and not just include, the volatility of world markets, interest rates, economic conditions/data and/or changes in the rate of exchange in the currency in which the investments are denominated. You may not necessarily get back the amount you invested.
16.2 Alternative Investment Market: This is a market designed primarily for emerging or smaller companies. The rules of this market are less demanding than those of the official List of the London Stock Exchange and therefore carry a greater risk than a company with a full listing. With AIM shares there is often a big difference between the buying price and the selling price. If they have to be sold immediately, you may get back much less than you paid for them. The price may change quickly and it may go down as well as up.
16.3 Penny Shares. You run an extra risk of losing money when you buy shares in certain smaller companies including “penny shares”. There is a big difference between the buying price and the selling price of these shares. If you have to sell them immediately, you may get back much less than you paid for them. You may have difficulty in selling these shares. The price may change quickly and it may go down as well as up and it may be more difficult to buy and sell shares in the penny share category. You should not invest amounts that you cannot afford to lose.
16.4 NEX Exchange (NEX). The NEX Exchange is authorised as a Prescribed Market and Recognised Investment Exchange under the FSMA 2000. It may be difficult to obtain reliable information about the current trading position of companies on NEX however, and if there is only one market-maker quoting prices, there may be occasions where you may have difficulty in buying or selling shares at a reasonable price or at all. Similarly, the difference between the buying and selling prices can be wide and prices being quoted on NEX may only be indicative prices and not firm two-way prices. Additionally, there may have been little or no trading in the stock since its issue. Consequently, there is a higher level of risk attached to companies trading on NEX and if you have to sell shares in these companies immediately, you may get back much less than you paid for them or be unable to sell them at all.
16.5 Non-readily Realisable Investments. You may have difficulty in selling such investments at a reasonable price. In some circumstances, it may be difficult to sell them at any price. It can be difficult to assess what would be a proper market price for these investments. You should not invest in these unless you have thought carefully about whether you can afford it and whether it is right for you.
16.6 Foreign markets will involve different risks to UK markets. In some cases, the risks will be greater. On request, your broker must provide an explanation of the protections which will operate in any relevant foreign markets, including the extent to which he will accept liability for any default of a foreign broker through whom he deals. The potential for profit or loss from transactions on foreign markets will be affected by fluctuations in foreign exchange rates.
16.7 A warrant is a right to subscribe for shares, debentures, loan stock or government securities, and is exercisable against the original issuer of the securities. Warrants often involve a high degree of gearing, so that a relatively small movement in the price of the underlying security results in a disproportionately large movement in the price of the warrant. The prices of warrants can therefore be volatile. You should not buy a warrant unless you are prepared to sustain a total loss of money you have invested plus any commission or other transaction charges. Some other instruments are also called warrants but are actually options (for example, a right to acquire securities that are exercisable against someone other than the original issuer of the securities, often called a 'Covered).
16.8 Transactions in off-exchange warrants may involve greater risk than dealing in exchange-traded warrants because there is no exchange market through which to liquidate your position, to assess the value of the warrant or 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 is a fair price. Your broker must make it clear to you if you are entering into an off-exchange transaction and advise you of any risks involved.
16.9 Structured Product Risk Warning: Structured Products are complex financial instruments, which entail considerable risks and, accordingly, are only suitable for investors who have the requisite knowledge and experience and understand thoroughly the risks connected with an investment in these Structured Products and are capable of bearing the economic risks. The products are denominated in GBP, USD, CHF and EUR. If the investor’s reference currency differs from the aforementioned, the investor bears the risks between GBP, USD, CHF and EUR and their reference currency.
16.10 Execution Only Risk Warning: We will inform you if you have been classified as an execution-only client. As an execution-only client, you have been informed that investments within the markets chosen are only suitable for experienced investors. Any decisions on investments are purely your own choice and Enigma Strategy will not provide any advice on these investments. We will execute the transactions for you only. You will therefore be responsible for loss with the investments chosen. Please ensure you fully read and understand the risks involved in any decision you make. If you have any doubt whether any investment is suitable for you, you should obtain expert advice.
16.10.1 Markets may be volatile and it may be difficult or impossible to liquidate a position: 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 trading in the underlying market is suspended or restricted.
16.10.2 Non-Guaranteed Stops do not necessarily cap your loss to the intended amount: Placing Non- Guaranteed Stop Order will not necessarily limit your losses to the intended amounts, because market conditions may make it impossible to execute such an Order if the underlying market moves straight through the stipulated price.
16.10.3 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 and written explanation, including appropriate examples, to establish what such charges are likely to mean in specific money terms.
16.11 Futures Risk Warning: Transactions in futures involve the obligation to make, or to take delivery of the underlying asset of the contract at a future date, or in some cases to settle your position with cash. They carry a high degree of risk. The “gearing” or “leverage” often obtainable in futures trading means that a small deposit or down payment can lead to large losses as well as gains. It also means that a relatively small market movement can lead to a proportionately much larger movement in the value of your investment, and this can work against you as well as for you Futures transactions have a contingent liability, and you should be aware of the implications of this, in particular the margining requirements, which are set out in the paragraph “Contingent Liability Transactions”.
16.12 Options Risk Warning: There are many different types of options with different characteristics subject to different conditions: Buying Options: Buying options involves less risk than selling options because, if the price of the underlying asset moves against you, you can simply allow the option to lapse. The maximum loss is limited to the premium, plus any commission or other transaction charges. However, if you buy a call option on a futures contract and you later exercise the option, you will acquire the future. This will expose you to the risks described under “Futures” and “Contingent Liability Transactions”
16.13 Writing Options Risk Warning: If you write an option, the risk involved is considerably greater than buying options. You may be liable for margin to maintain your position and a loss may be sustained well in excess of any premium received. By writing an option, you accept a legal obligation to purchase or sell the underlying asset if the option is exercised against you, however far the market price has moved away from the exercise price. If you already own the underlying asset which you have contracted to sell (known as “Covered Call Options”) the risk is reduced. If you do not own the underlying asset (known as “Uncovered Call Options”) the risk can be unlimited. Only experienced persons should contemplate writing uncovered options, and then only after securing full details of the applicable conditions and potential risk exposure.
16.14 Traditional Options Risk Warning: A particular type of option called a “Traditional Option” is written by certain London Stock Exchange firms under special exchange rules. These may involve greater risk than other options. Two-way prices are not usually quoted and there is no exchange market on which to close out an open position or to effect an equal and opposite transaction to reverse an open position. It may be difficult to assess its value or for the seller of such an option to manage his exposure to risk. Certain options markets operate on a margined basis, under which buyers do not pay the full premium on their option at the time they purchase it. In this situation, you may subsequently be called upon to pay margin on the option up to the level of your premium. If you fail to do so as required, your position may be closed or liquidated in the same way as a futures position.
16.15 Foreign Exchange Risk Warning: Transactions in Foreign Exchange contracts carry a high degree of risk and may not be suitable for all investors. The “gearing” or “leverage” often obtainable in Foreign Exchange trading means that a relatively small market movement can lead to a proportionately much larger movement in the value of your liability. Before deciding to trade foreign exchange, you should carefully consider your investment objectives, level of experience, and risk appetite. The possibility exists that you could sustain a loss of some or all of your initial investment and therefore you should not invest money that you cannot afford to lose. You should be aware of all the risks associated with foreign exchange trading and seek advice from an independent financial advisor if you have any doubts. Contingent Liability Transactions:
16.16 Contingent liability transactions Risk Warning, such as CFDs and other financial products traded on margin will require you to make a series of payments against the purchase price, instead of paying the whole purchase price immediately. If you trade in CFDs or other products traded on margin you may sustain a total loss of the margin you deposit to establish or maintain a position. If the market moves against you, you may be called upon to pay substantial additional monies or margin at short notice to maintain the position. If you fail to do so within the time required, your 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. CFD trades will be carried out for you whenever possible on or under the rules of a recognised or designated investment exchange. However, contingent liability transactions entered into by you that are not traded on or under the rules of a recognised or designated investment exchange (such as foreign exchange transactions) may expose you to substantially greater risks. 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 and 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.
17. Your Personal Data and the Data Protection Act.
17.1 We are licensed under the Data Protection Act 1998. In accordance with legal and regulatory requirements, we will retain your records for a minimum period of six years following the termination of this Agreement.
17.2 By entering this Agreement, you consent to our keeping information about you in written and electronic format in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. You have the right to review this information at any time.
17.3 The information you give us may be disclosed to third parties, such as the CUSTODIAN, our regulators [the Financial Conduct Authority, who have the legal authority to check all our records] our Compliance Consultants [who help us ensure that in your interests we abide by the Financial Services Act 2012 and other regulations] and our auditors.
17.4 We will collect personal data from you when you send your details to us. It is your responsibility to ensure that your personal data is accurate and up to date and to inform us of any changes that need to be made.
17.5 We process personal data collected for the following purposes; providing you with information about our services, notifying you of any new services we offer, understanding your needs, marketing profiles, strategic development and keeping you informed about events, selected products and services which may be of interest to you or providing you with information from carefully selected third parties.
17.6 We have taken steps to ensure that we have taken all appropriate administrative and technical measures to prevent the unauthorised or unlawful use of your personal data and to prevent any accidental loss, destruction or damage to such personal data.
17.7 We will treat all information we hold about you as private and confidential even when you are no longer a client. We will not disclose any information we hold about you to others except to the extent we are required to do so by any applicable regulations, where there is a duty to the public to disclose, where our interests require disclosure, to your Clearing Firm, at your request or with your consent or where at our discretion we consider it necessary.
17.8 You agree that we and our associated companies may hold and process by computer or otherwise any information we hold about you and may use any of that information to administer and operate your account and to provide any service to you.
18. Conflicts of interest
18.1 We have appropriate arrangements in place to identify and manage conflicts, which may arise during the course of our business activities. We also undertake ongoing monitoring of business activities to ensure that the internal controls are adequate. Further information on this policy is available at: https://www.enigmastrategy.com/conflicts-interest.
18.2 In the event of any conflict arising between our own interests and those of any client, or if we may have a material interest in a transaction to be entered into with or for a client, we shall inform you and obtain your consent before we carry out your instructions. If appropriate we shall decline to act.
Enigma Strategy may provide you with research and market commentary. The following terms apply in relation to all research;
19.1 No research will constitute any offer of, or an invitation, by or on behalf of Enigma Strategy to any person to buy or sell any investment.
19.2 We accept no liability or responsibility whatsoever for the accuracy or completeness of any information contained in the research or otherwise given to you. In all cases, you should conduct your own investigation and analysis of such information before taking or omitting to take any action either in relation to investments or markets.
19.3 All estimates, projections, forecasts, expressions of opinion and other subjective judgments contained in research or in advice or information given to you are based on assumptions considered to be reasonable as of the date of the document in which they are contained and must not be construed as a representation that the matters referred to therein will occur.
19.4 Research is only provided on the date stated in the document in which it is contained or, if no such date is stated, as at the date on which it was first made available by us to a third party.
19.5 We make no representations as to the time of receipt by you of information or recommendations and cannot guarantee that you will receive such information at the same time as other clients.
19.6 Any opinion expressed or recommendation given is subject to change without notice.
19.7 All research reports should be considered confidential and should not be passed on or distributed to any other person without the express approval of Enigma Strategy.
20.1 Neither we nor our associates nor our or their officers or employees will be liable for any error of judgment or any loss suffered by you in connection with the Services we provide under this Agreement (and in particular, but without limitation, we will not be liable for any loss which may be sustained in the purchase, holding or sale of any investments or other assets in connection with those services) unless such loss results from either our or their negligence, wilful default or fraud.
20.2 You will indemnify us and our associates and our and their officers and employees against any cost, loss, liability or expense whatsoever which may be suffered or incurred by us and/or them directly or indirectly in connection with, or as a result of, any service performed or action permitted under this Agreement, except to the extent it is caused by our and/or their negligence, wilful default or fraud.
20.3 We will be under no liability for any loss or expense you incur by reason of any delay or change in market conditions before any particular Transaction is affected.
20.4 Nothing in this Agreement will exclude or restrict any obligation or liability which we have or owe to you under the FCA Rules in relation to you, nor any liability which we may incur under the Act or the FCA Rules in respect of a breach of any such obligation, nor will anything in this Agreement require you to indemnify or compensate us to any extent prohibited by the FCA Rules.
20.5 We will not be liable to you for the non-performance of any of our obligations by reason of any cause beyond our control, including any breakdown or failure of transmission or communication or computer facilities, postal or other strikes or delays or any other industrial action or the failure of any relevant exchange, clearing house, broker and/or counterparty for any reason to perform its obligations.
20.6 We will not be liable for any default of any counterparty, bank, custodian, sub-custodian or other entity that holds money, investments or other documents of title on your behalf or with or through whom transactions are conducted on your behalf.
20.7 We give no warranty as to the recommendations and/or advice is given by us under or pursuant to this Agreement or as to the performance or profitability of your assets. We cannot guarantee that the investments recommended will not depreciate in value or that they will not be affected by adverse tax consequences. You and any professional tax advisor that you instruct remain responsible for the management of your affairs for tax purposes. We are under no obligation to advise you on the tax implications of transactions and where we do so you should not rely on such advice but should seek your own professional advice.
20.8 Pella investment strategy trades from a singular master account. Each trade is automatically opened and copied into investor accounts. Execution venues (brokers & custodian(s)) we use to execute our and investors' positions, trade on a central limit order book with no last look. All trading accounts are subject to latency which can lead to slight (positive/negative) price differences in the performance we publish within our Pella term sheet.
21. Additional Terms for Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) Accounts
21.1 Unless these Additional Terms of the Business state that the Terms of Business do not apply, or they contain a different provision, our General Terms of Business will apply to any dealings in investments held in the account. Should the Terms of Business conflict with these Additional Terms of Business, these Terms of Business shall apply.
21.2 Complaints in respect of the account or our services should be addressed to the Compliance Officer as set out in clause 14 of the Terms of Business. If your complaint relates to the administration of a SIPP, you should contact the Operator.
21.3 We provide our Stockbroking Services to enable you as the Member to buy or sell investments through the account. We are not responsible for the maintenance and running of the SIPP, which is the responsibility of the Operator in accordance with the Pension Scheme Rules and the SIPP Regulations.
21.4 For the purposes of the FCA Rules, the Trustee and the Member will be treated as our clients and will be classified as retail clients. The Trustee and the Member will possess the same rights under the Financial Ombudsman Service or the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
21.5 We are not responsible for any loss suffered in the value of the account caused by a fall in the value of Account Investments.
21.6 We are not responsible for any loss caused by a breach of the SIPP Regulations arising from the Member’s instructions to purchase which do not meet the requirements of the SIPP Regulations.
21.7 For Application you must be aged 18 or over.
21.8 You must be eligible to hold a SIPP and you must have earnings in respect of which contributions to a SIPP can be made, in accordance with the SIPP Regulations. In addition, you must have established a SIPP under the terms of which an Account may be operated.
22.9 The Trustee acting on behalf of the Member will act as trustee and legal owner of the Account Investments.
22.10 In order to open an account, the Member and the Trustee and if separate the Administrator must complete an Application Form in full and return by post.
22.11 The account will be subject to the conditions set out in the Terms of Business and to the SIPP Regulations.
22.12 Your account will be opened when your application is accepted by us. We have the right to reject any application without specifying the reason for doing so.
22.13 Cancellation of Your SIPP Account. You have the right to cancel your Account within 14 days after the day on which we accept your application to open the Account. In order to cancel your account both you and the Trustee must send us written notice in accordance with Clause 13 of these Terms of Business. If you cancel, we will, in accordance with written instructions given by the Trustee, pursuant to clause 13 of these Terms of Business: (a) return to the Trustee any payments we have received for the Account; (b) sell any Investments already purchased and pay to the Trustee the net sale proceeds and any other cash we are holding in the Account; and/or (c) arrange for the transfer and/or payment to the Trustee of the Account Investments.
22.14 Our charges that may apply if you cancel your account are set out in our rate card.
22.15 Account Authority. The Trustee agrees to give dealing authority to the Member and instructions in respect of dealing and corporate actions will only be accepted from the Member. In the event of the Member's death, this authority will pass to the Trustee once such documentary evidence of death as we require has been received from the Trustee. The Member is responsible for ensuring that orders and instructions are given to us in accordance with the Pension Scheme Rules.
22.16 We will only accept instructions to transfer funds to and from the Account from the Trustee. Any instructions received to transfer funds will be treated as acceptable by the Member.
22.17 Account Investments will be held in the name of the Nominee on trust on behalf of the Trustee.
22.18 Subject to any powers or rights of the Trustee and/or Administrator or under the Pension Scheme Rules or the SIPP Regulations, the Member has sole responsibility for making investment decisions in respect of the Account and must make any purchases or sales of Investments in accordance with the SIPP Regulations.
22.19 Only Investments permitted under the SIPP Regulations may be held in the Account. However, we may not permit certain investments (which are otherwise permitted Investments under the SIPP Regulations) to be held in the Account.
22.20 Contract notes and statements will be provided to the Member. We may also provide details of transactions and corporate actions to the Trustee if requested. A fee may be charged for this service and details of our current charges are available on request.
22.21 Other communications sent by us relating to the Account will be sent to each of the Member and the Trustee.
22.22 Clause13 of the Terms of Business will apply except that if you wish to close your Account notice must be given to us by both you and the Trustee.
22.23 Once your account is closed, we will as soon as reasonably practicable arrange for the delivery of the Account Investments in accordance with instructions given by the Trustee.
23. Additional Terms for ISA Accounts
This Agreement shall apply to ISA Accounts held by Enigma Strategy. In addition, the following terms shall apply and if there is any conflict between such terms, the following shall take precedence:
(a) To subscribe to an ISA, ("The Account") You must be aged 18 or over and be resident or ordinarily resident for tax purposes in the United Kingdom or be a non-resident Crown employee or spouse.
(b) For these purposes the United Kingdom excludes The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
(c) Application must be made in your name only. You cannot apply for a Joint Account. (d) You shall promptly notify Enigma Strategy in writing of any change of address or in United Kingdom taxation status which may render you ineligible to subscribe further to the Account. You shall inform Enigma Strategy immediately if you cease to be a UK resident for tax purposes, or if being a non-resident you cease to qualify as a Crown employee.
(e) Investments eligible for inclusion in the Self Select ISA are restricted to those deemed Qualifying Investments by Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs ("HMRC") but exclude those investments listed below in 23.1(f).
(f) Investments that are ineligible for the ISA include Unit Trusts, OEIC's, UCITS, Life Assurance, certain Gilts, Cash Mini ISA's and other non-qualifying investments as prescribed by relevant regulations.
(g) Provided that your application is approved by Enigma Strategy, your Account will open upon receipt by Enigma Strategy of a duly completed application together with payment of your initial subscription.
(h) Your Account will cover the current tax year and remain open for subsequent tax years in which the CUSTODIAN receives a subscription from you, subject to any changes in legislation.
(i) Your National Insurance Number and Date of Birth (DOB) must be quoted on your application form.
(j) You may subscribe up to the allowable limit in each tax year, but the limit is subject to legislative change.
(k) Enigma Strategy will notify you if for any reason you fail to satisfy the ISA Regulations and that an Account has, or will, become void. Enigma Strategy will not be responsible or liable for any loss that occurs should termination of an account be required. (l) Investments to your Account must either comprise cash subscriptions, transferred cash or Qualifying Investments in which Enigma Strategy deals. It is your responsibility to determine whether any investments you wish to transfer to your Account meet these criteria.
(m) If a non-qualifying investment is bought by on or behalf of the Account, Enigma Strategy shall be entitled to transfer it (without notice) to Your General Investment Account. Such transfer will be treated as a withdrawal from the Account.
23.2 Appointment (a) Interactive Brokers as the "Plan Manager(s)" for the Self-Select ISA and are authorised by the Inland Revenue as Managers of ISAs under the Individual Savings Account Regulations 1998 (Statutory Instrument 1998 Number 1870). (b) Interactive Brokers (IB) will provide Account management and administration in accordance with the Rules and Regulations (as defined below) and otherwise as set out in this Agreement.
23.3 Beneficial Ownership If you wish to benefit from the tax advantages of an ISA, you must remain the beneficial owner of the investments held in your Account.
23.4 Cash (a) Account money committed for investment in an ISA will be held separately from monies in a General Investment Account. (b) All cheques must be made payable to IB or IX. (c) All cash received in your ISA including subscriptions, monies pending investment, any balance of uninvested cash, cash resulting from the transfer in of an ISA, income payments, dividends, tax repayment or the proceeds of the sale of Qualifying Investments will be held in a designated client account by IB or IX in accordance with the FCA Rules. (d) IB and IX will only retain cash within your ISA for the purpose of applying it on your behalf to purchase your chosen Qualifying Investments. (e) IB and IX reserve the right to transfer any cash held for more than a period of twelve months, and which has not been reinvested, to your General Investment Account. This may be done at the shorter notice on the instruction of the Plan Manager or other lawful
23.5 Transfers (a) You may apply to transfer either the whole of an existing current years ISA to IB, or the whole of your previous years' ISAs, in accordance with the ISA Regulations. Your application to transfer an ISA will need to be made in conjunction with an application to open an ISA through us. (b) If you wish to transfer your ISA out to a new ISA Manager, the transfer of the account must be made in full. We do not allow a partial transfer out. (c) As Enigma Strategy will not be able to execute your orders whilst a transfer of investments is taking place, Enigma Strategy will not be responsible for any loss of income or capital growth during such period. (d) We will transfer your Qualifying Investments to a different ISA plan manager within 30 days of receiving written instructions to that effect, but provided that all fees and charges have been paid in full. (e) You shall be entitled to transfer your full ISA or make withdrawals without restriction. (f) At your request, the Account and all rights and obligations of the parties hereto may be transferred to another account manager by you giving notice in writing to us and by the new plan manager accepting the account. Written confirmation is required by the Plan Managers accepting the Account.
23.6 Investments (a) You authorise the Plan Manager to recover from the HMRC such tax credits on dividends that are reclaimable for the credit of the Account. (b) All investments acquired on your behalf will be subject to Enigma Strategy’s approval. However, if an investment is made by Enigma Strategy, in accordance with your instructions, which is subsequently found to be nonqualifying, HMRC may require the money or investment to be removed from your Account and any losses or profits will be for your Account. (c) Bonus issues of shares or units received can be retained in your plan so long as they are Qualifying Investments. (d) In the event of a takeover offer or redemption of securities held within your Account, Enigma Strategy will elect to receive the proceeds, in cash (if that option is available), into your account, converting non-Sterling proceeds into Sterling where appropriate.
23.7 Custody (a) Dividends, interest payments and cash entitlements received in a currency other than Sterling will be converted to sterling as soon as reasonably practicable. We shall be entitled to charge you any foreign currency costs. The exchange rate used will be the appropriate prevailing commercial rate available from the CUSTODIAN’S bankers. The CUSTODIANS will round down to the nearest pound all converted dividends, interest payments and cash entitlements and shall be entitled to retain any amounts arising out of this rounding process for their own account. (b) Dividends, interest payments and cash entitlements due to you will be paid promptly to your Account. (c) You hereby authorise the CUSTODIANS to arrange on your behalf in respect of CREST and to enter into any arrangement it considers to be necessary to facilitate the clearing of settlement of your transactions through CREST.
23.8 Charges and Expenses (a) You will pay to us the advertised annual fee on our Rate Card / Account Application document for your ISA Account in advance as becomes due each year and at the outset of application for an ISA Account.
(b) Your annual fee will be debited automatically from your Dealing Account. (c) All Account administration charges, but not commission and related bargain charges, will be deducted from the General Investment Account.
(d) We may sell part or all your holdings to cover any outstanding fees, charges or commission on your Account at our discretion.
(e) Should you wish to receive annual reports and accounts, attend company annual or extraordinary general meetings, or exercise voting rights in respect of shares, securities or units which are held directly in the ISA, you should contact us on each occurrence to request this. An administration fee may be levied for these services. (f) Any interest paid on ISAs will be subject to a non-reclaimable flat rate charge imposed by HM Revenue & Customs, which we will collect and send to HM Revenue & Customs. The Self Select ISA does not meet the Governments CAT (charges, access and terms) standards.
23.9 Liability (a) The Plan Manager shall not be responsible for any loss or damage or depreciation in value of the Account or for its failure to produce a return on capital invested whatsoever arising except insofar as the loss, damage or depreciation results directly from the fraud or wilful default or neglect of the Account Manager or by reason of breach of any of the Rules or Applicable Regulations.
(b) You acknowledge that the value of, and income from, any investment in the Market may fall as well as rise and you may not get back the amount originally invested. (c) You also acknowledge that we have not given any advice as to the suitability of this investment service for you. You should consult an Independent Financial Advisor if you have any doubt that this investment service may not be suitable for you.
23.10 Subscriptions, Withdrawals, Terminations and Transfers
(a) Subscriptions may be made at any time to your Account subject to the maximum annual subscription permitted by the Rules and Regulations (as defined below). (b) Transfers to us must be from an ISA registered in your name.
(c) Subject to the HMRC Rules and Regulations, ("Rules and Regulations") the settlement of outstanding investment transaction(s), and any tax liabilities, charges and expenses, you may transfer your ISA or withdraw part or all of the investments in your Account at any time by giving us written instructions. Such transfer or withdrawal will take place as soon as reasonably practicable.
(d) In the event of a withdrawal transfer of your Account any annual charges paid to us will not be repaid to you whether in whole or in part.
(e) You shall be entitled to transfer your full ISA or make withdrawals without restriction.
(f) Without prejudice to any other term of this Agreement you or we may terminate this Agreement without penalty or in the event that the IB or IX cease or intend to cease to be Plan Manager by giving written notice of not less than 30 days to the other party whereupon (and subject to payment for outstanding transactions, accrued fees and expenses and for sums due under the Regulations) we shall forthwith transfer or procure the transfer of the Account's investments to you or at your direction.
(g) We may at our discretion complete any transactions commenced prior to receipt of a notice.
(h) We shall notify you if by reason of failure to comply with the Rules and Regulations the Account has or will become void.
(i) Partial sales of stock or withdrawals will be deemed to be capital for taxation purposes.
(j) In the event you wish to close your ISA, any interest accumulated during that quarter will not be calculated nor applied to the Account before Account closure. (k) We offer no advice in respect of the Qualifying Investments you purchase within your ISA.
(l) Where you subscribe to an ISA component in more than one tax year, each year's subscription will be merged together as one portfolio.
(m) Where a subscription or payment is made by a debit card and we do not receive the funds from the Debit card provider, we may sell investments from your portfolio to meet any costs incurred.
(n) Cancellation and Withdrawal of your ISA application will be permitted within the first 14 days after successfully applying for an ISA with us. If you cancel without making a subscription to your ISA, the Inland Revenue Rules and Regulations permit you to retain an ISA subscription for the current tax year.
(o) If you subscribe by transferring funds or assets into the ISA or transfer an existing ISA into your new ISA with us, you will be deemed by the Inland Revenue to have invested in the ISA for that tax year. If you cancel your ISA and do not transfer it to another provider, you will lose your ISA subscription for that tax year.
(p) We will refund the Annual Management Charge (if applicable) upon cancellation of an ISA within the initial 14 days if no transfer or subscription has been received and will not charge an exit fee.
(q) Termination of an ISA after the initial 14 days will be charged at the applicable rate of charges as described in Commission Rate and Charges set out in the Enigma Strategy Terms of Business and may mean your right to invest into an ISA in that tax year will be lost. (r) The effect of cancelling may have the effect of cancelling the entire ISA agreement and may also (where it is the case) delay you from entering into another ISA agreement until next year.
23.11 Should you die your account will cease to be exempt from tax, and the assets will be held with the CUSTODIAN in conjunction with Enigma Strategy awaiting instruction from your personal representatives, who may direct that the assets be sold or that the assets be registered in the names of the appropriate beneficiaries, subject to any restrictions relating to minimum holdings. We will comply with the reasonable requests of your personal representatives provided that such requests comply with the Rules and Regulations. Prior to any transfer that may result following your death, we shall be entitled to deduct all amounts owing in respect of Transactions, accrued fees and expenses and sums owing under the Rules and Regulations and we shall be allowed to sell investments in the Account to raise any amount owing.
23.12 Records of Your Account: The Plan Manager shall make such returns to HMRC for the purposes of taxation as they are required to do by HMRC, and provide all taxation details to you, as may be required under the Rules and Regulations.
23.13 Assignment Subject to the Rules and Regulations, we may assign this Agreement and/or appoint another company to be the Manager of your Account under this Agreement on giving you one month's notice. The party to who we assign this Agreement and/or the new Manager of your Account must be approved to act as an ISA manager by HMRC.
23.14 General: We reserve the right to refuse any application to subscribe to an ISA or open an Account without giving a reason for so doing.
24. Governing Law
24.1 This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the Laws of England and Wales and the parties irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of English and Wales.
24.2 This Agreement is also subject to the FCA Rules and in the event of a conflict between the terms hereof and the FCA Rules, the FCA Rules shall prevail.
24.3 Each of the parties irrevocably consents to any process in any legal action or proceedings arising out of or in connection with this Agreement being served on them in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement relating to service of communications. Nothing contained in this Agreement shall affect the right to serve process in any other manner permitted by law.
25.1 We confirm that we have procedures in place to comply with money laundering prevention legislation and regulations (as defined in the FCA Rules). These procedures may from time to time require us to elicit further information from you and you agree to provide such information on request.
25.2 You confirm that any information given to use by you is complete, accurate and not misleading in any material respect and that you will supply to us such information concerning you and/or any principal for whom you are acting as is reasonably required by us or any of our associates to comply with applicable regulations or any order or request made by our, or the relevant associate’s regulator.
25.3 You expressly acknowledge that you will not require us to do or refrain from doing anything which would in our opinion infringe any applicable laws, rules, regulations or codes of market conduct (including without limitation the FCA Code of Market Conduct, the rules of the Exchanges on which we transact and the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers) (together, the applicable regulations) and we may at any time without notice do whatever we consider necessary to comply with the applicable regulations.
SCHEDULE 1 – DISCRETIONARY MANAGED SERVICE
These terms shall apply if you have an account that falls within the Enigma Strategy Discretionary Managed Service and should be read in conjunction with the service features and risk warnings as indicated on your Discretionary Managed Portfolio Agreement and the Enigma Strategy standard Terms of Business. Where applicable, these terms shall apply in addition to the standard terms. Where any conflict arises between these terms and the standard terms, these terms shall prevail.
2. Scope of Authority
As the manager of your Discretionary Managed Service account, Enigma Strategy shall have full authority, in our absolute discretion, over your account, subject to your investment aims as disclosed to us on the Discretionary Managed Service Account Application Form. This means that we shall have full discretion on the value of any one investment and the proportion of the portfolio of which any one investment or a particular kind of investment may constitute.
As the manager of your investments, Enigma Strategy does not undertake that you will be fully invested at all times.
As new funds are received these may be invested immediately or over a period of time at Enigma Strategy’s discretion. Both the investment selection and the timing of such investments will be determined by Enigma Strategy as the manager of the portfolio.
Enigma Strategy will endeavour to ensure that the portfolio we construct is suitable for you and remains suitable whilst under management.
Enigma Strategy will generally accept cash dividends. If there is an enhanced dividend of any description, we may, in our discretion, accept the enhanced dividend in the stock form if it will lead to a greater benefit.
4. Corporate Action (Bonus issues, Rights, Calls, Offers and Takeovers) All decisions on these matters will be taken by Enigma Strategy.
SCHEDULE 2 - RISK WARNINGS
IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT DEALING IN ANY SPECIFIC INVESTMENT YOU SHOULD OBTAIN APPROPRIATE ADVICE FROM AN APPROPRIATELY QUALIFIED ADVISOR
1. The risk associated with equity investments (shares in individual companies) is generally accepted to be higher than fixed interest and deposit investments. Equity investments cover a wide range of risks, which can vary depending on the size of the company, its business and products and the market on which the shares are listed or quoted. Within the framework of equity investments, the risk classification that we typically follow is:
(a) Cash deposits - very low risk
(b) FTSE100 Companies - lower risk
(c) FTSE 350 Companies - medium risk
(d) FTSE Small Cap Companies including AIM and the NEX Exchange and non-readily realisable and unlisted investments - high risk 2. The risk categories referred to above are general and not specific to any individual customer, and investments in FTSE100 companies can still result in partial or complete loss of capital. You must consider, in view of your circumstances, the level of risk which you wish to assume and your overall risk strategy. We consider that in general terms a customer with a low-risk investment strategy should not hold more than 10 per cent of their equity portfolio in high-risk investments, with the remainder in lower-risk investments. In general terms, a medium risk investor should not hold more than 20 per cent of their portfolio in high-risk investments, with the remainder in lower and medium-risk investments. A high-risk investment strategy may be 100 per cent invested in high-risk investments alone, or in combination with a smaller percentage of lower and medium-risk investments. Enigma Strategy’s portfolio models detailed in our brochure offer guidance of risk levels based on asset allocations.
(a) All investments are speculative and are liable to fluctuate in value. It should not be assumed that the value of investments will always rise.
(b) Past performance will not necessarily be repeated and is not a guarantee of future success.
(c) You should carefully consider whether investing in stocks and shares is suitable for you the light of your financial resources and needs.
(d) Changes in currency exchange rates may affect the Sterling value of your overseas investments (foreign securities).
(e) Penny Shares. You run extra risks of losing money if you buy shares in smaller companies including "penny shares". There is often a big difference between the buying price and the selling price of these shares. If you have to sell such shares immediately, you may realise much less than you paid for them and you may also have difficulty in selling. The price of penny shares may change quickly, it may go down as well as up and it may be more difficult to sell such shares. You should not invest amounts you cannot afford to lose.
(f) Warrants. Derivative security gives the investor the right to purchase the underlying security (usually equity) from the issuer at a specific price within a certain time frame. Warrants are frequently attached to bonds or preferred stock. In the case of warrants issued with preferred stocks, investors may need to detach and sell the warrant before they can receive dividend payments.
(g) Structured Product risk warning: Structured Products are complex financial instruments, which entail considerable risks and, accordingly, are only suitable for investors who have the requisite knowledge and experience and understand thoroughly the risks connected with an investment in these Structured Products and are capable of bearing the economic risks. The products are denominated in GBP, USD, CHF and EUR. If the investor’s reference currency differs from the aforementioned, the investor bears the risks between GBP, USD, CHF and EUR and their reference currency. (h) Non-readily Realisable Investments. You may have difficulty in selling these investments at a reasonable price. In some circumstances, it may be difficult to sell them at any price. It can also be difficult to assess a proper market price for these investments and you should not invest in them unless you have thought carefully about whether you can afford to make such investments and whether they are appropriate for you.
(i) Geared Investments. Many companies use gearing or borrowing as part of their strategy and may borrow to make investments. The effect of gearing on investment trusts and investment companies may cause the share price to become more volatile than the value of their underlying investments and may result in the share price of shares in these companies being subject to sudden or large falls. It may also mean that you could get nothing back when you try to sell such shares.
(j) AIM. The AIM market is a market designed primarily for emerging or smaller companies. The rules of this market are less demanding than those of the Official List of the London Stock Exchange and therefore the companies quoted on AIM carry a greater risk than a company with a full listing.
(k) Enigma Strategy endeavours at all times to ensure that its research is clear, fair and not misleading, and accurately reflects our opinions at the date of publication. However, we do not hold our research out to be impartial and it should not be viewed as wholly objective since Enigma Strategy may also be acting or seeking to act as a market maker, broker or adviser to (or have taken positions as a principal in) the companies featured in the research notes.
(l) Stabilisation. Enigma Strategy may deal for you in investments that may have been the subject of stabilisation. This is a price supporting process that often takes place in the context of new issues and similar offerings, including rights issues. The effect of stabilisation can be to make the market price of the investment, which is the subject of the issue or offering, higher than it would otherwise be. Stabilisation may also affect the price of investments of the same class, which are already in issue, and of other investments whose price affects the price of the new issue. Stabilisation is undertaken in order to ensure that the issue of investments is introduced to the market in an orderly fashion and that the issue price and/or the price of associated investments is not artificially depressed because of the increase in supply caused by the new issue. The fact that there have been dealings in an investment in which stabilisation may be taking place does not necessarily mean that investors are interested in buying that investment or in buying it at the level at which the dealings have taken place. Stabilisation takes place for a limited period. There are limits on the price at which shares, warrants and depository receipts may be stabilised but the limits do not apply where loan stock or bonds are being stabilised. At the time of dealing, reasonable steps will be taken to enable you to understand the nature of the risks involved.