ORDER AND BEST EXECUTION POLICY
The policy applies to provision of our investment services and to our clients that are classified as Retail and Professional. It will apply to where we execute on your behalf or where we pass orders onto other entities for execution. When passing orders onto other entities for execution we shall take all reasonable measures to select entities that we believe will deliver the best possible result for you using the same criteria we use for executing orders ourselves.
Part 1: The Quality of Execution
When executing orders on your behalf, in relation to financial instruments, we will take all reasonable steps to achieve what is called “best execution” of your order(s). This means that we will have in place a policy and procedures which are designed to obtain the best possible execution result, subject to and taking into account the nature of your orders, the priorities you place upon us in filling those orders and the market in question and which provides, in our view, the best balance across a range of sometimes conflicting factors. When acting as a portfolio manager we will act in accordance with your best interests.
We will take into consideration a range of different factors which include not just price, but which may also include such other factors as the cost of the transaction, the need for timely execution, the liquidity of the market (which may make it difficult to even execute an order), the size of the order and the nature of the financial transaction including whether it is executed on a regulated market or over-the-counter.
We will also take into account your understanding and experience of the market in question, your dealing profile, the nature of the dealing service you require of us and the specific and general instructions given to us by you which may prioritise how we are to fill your orders.
In the absence of express instructions from you, we will exercise our own discretion in determining the factors that we need to take into account for the purpose of providing you with “best execution”.
Our commitment to provide you with “best execution” does not mean that we owe you any fiduciary responsibilities over and above the specific regulatory obligations placed upon us or as may be otherwise contracted between us.
Part 2: Order Execution Policy
While we will take all reasonable steps based on those resources available to us to satisfy ourselves that we have processes in place that can reasonably be expected to lead to the delivery of best execution of your orders, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to provide best execution of every order executed on your behalf.
Our policy, in providing you with best execution, is, so far as possible, to exercise the same standards and operate the same processes across all the different markets and financial instruments on which we execute your orders. However, the diversity in those markets and instruments and the kind of orders that you may place with us mean that different factors will have to be taken into account when we assess the nature of our execution policy in the context of different instruments and different markets. For example, there is no formalised market or settlement infrastructure for over-the-counter transactions. In some markets, price volatility may mean that the timeliness of execution is a priority, whereas, in other markets that have low liquidity, the fact of execution may itself constitute best execution. In other cases, our choice of venue may be limited (even to the fact that there may only be one platform/market upon which we can execute your orders) because of the nature of your order or of your requirements.
In establishing our Execution Policy, we will use a variety of different execution venues that we consider will enable us to obtain the best possible result on a consistent basis when executing orders on behalf of clients. It is therefore possible that client orders may be executed on a venue which is not a Regulated Market or a Multilateral Trading Facility (“MTF”). You should also note that some financial instruments may only be traded on one venue (notably if we execute a trade for units in a fund, the venue will be the fund manager or the fund itself). We will regularly assess the execution venues available so that we can continue to include those which enable us to obtain the best possible result on a consistent basis.
Part 3: Specific Instructions
Where we receive specific instructions from you we shall follow those instructions and to the extent they apply we may not be able to apply our Execution Policy and this may have an effect on whether we can obtain the best possible result for the execution of your order.
Part 4: Monitoring and Review
We will monitor regularly our order execution arrangements, as well as the quality of both our execution and that of third parties to whom we have passed orders. Such review will enable us to
Identify and implement changes to our Execution Policy and execution arrangements as necessary. You should note that it may not always be possible to make an effective comparison of execution performance because reliable data is not always available for some markets. Clients will be advised of any material changes to our policy as necessary.
Part 5: Consent
Regulations require that we must obtain clients’ prior consent to this Execution Policy. We will deem that you have provided such consent where we receive an order for your account and you have entered into a client agreement with us. We must, however, obtain your express consent, prior to executing an order in an instrument admitted to trading on a Regulated Market or an MTF outside of such a Regulated Market or MTF. Your express consent in writing must be sent to us since we will otherwise be prevented from achieving the best possible result where this is achieved by executing your order outside of a Regulated Market or MTF.
Risk Warning Notice
Investors should be aware that past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results and that the price of shares and other investments, and the income derived from them, may fall as well as rise and the amount realised may be less than the original sum invested. Tax treatment depends on your individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future. If in any doubt please seek further independent advice.