This notice is provided to you, as a private customer, in compliance with the rules of The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Private customers are afforded greater protections under these rules than other customers, and you should ensure that your broker tells you what these are. This notice cannot disclose all of the risks and other significant aspects of warrants. You should not deal in them unless you understand the nature of the transaction you are entering into and the extent of your exposure to potential loss. You should consider carefully whether warrants are suitable for your in the light of your circumstances and financial position. In deciding whether to trade, you should be aware of the following matters.
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 which is exercisable against someone other than the original issuer of the securities, often called a ‘Covered Warrant’).
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.
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.
Before You begin to trade You should have 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. Please refer to the Charges and Commission sheet detailed in the Terms and Conditions of each account.
On many exchanges, the performance of a transaction by Your firm (or third party with whom he is dealing on your behalf) is ‘guaranteed’ by the exchange or clearing house. However, this guarantee is unlikely in most circumstances to cover You, the customer, and may not protect You if Your firm or another party defaults on its obligations to You under the clearing guarantee applicable to any on-exchange derivatives in which You are dealing. There is no clearing house for traditional options, nor normally for off exchange instruments which are not traded under the rules of a recognised or designated investment exchange.
The Alternative Investment Market (AIM) is 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 companies quoted on AIM carry a greater risk than a company with a full listing.
The ICAP Securities and Derivatives Exchange (ISDX) is authorised as a Prescribed Market under the FSMA 2000. It is not a recognised or designated investment exchange. Companies trading on ISDX are not listed and are not subject to the same level of regulation as those companies trading on the AIM or those companies with a full listing on the London Stock Exchange and there is a much higher level of risk attached to companies trading on ISDX. It may be difficult to obtain reliable information about the current trading position of companies on ISDX and if there is only one market-maker quoting prices, there may be occasion 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 ISDX 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, if you have to sell your shares immediately you may get back much less than you paid for them.
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