Pertains to ALL accounts up to and including NASDAQ Level II accounts
Please read the statement below. Warn anyone you know who invests thru Merril Lynch in ANY form at all (mutual funds, securities, stock, all forms of investing)
SEC Rule 606 Reports – Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated
Disclosure Information: Material Aspects of Relationships with Venues to Which Customer Orders are Routed Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“MLPF&S”) is a broker-dealer that executes customer orders as agent and/or principal and receives remuneration for performing these execution services. MLPF&S acts as a registered market maker in numerous Nasdaq securities and may execute customer orders in such securities on a principal basis. MLPF&S also may principally commit capital to facilitate customer transactions or serve as the contra-side to customer orders executed internally through one of the alternative trading systems operated by MLPF&S.
Investors should understand that MLPF&S stands to realize 100% of any profits or losses generated when MLPF&S trades as agent and/or principal in respect of customer orders.
Aside from holdings that MLPF&S may acquire from time-to-time as part of its ordinary market making, block positioning, client facilitation and related hedging activities, MLPF&S (or an affiliate under common control) may acquire equity stakes in market centers as part of a strategic investment. In this regard, MLPF&S or an affiliate owns a minority equity investment stake in the following market centers and therefore stands to participate as a shareholder/investor in the profits that each market center realizes in part from the execution of securities transactions, including transactions that may involve orders for the accounts of MLPF&S customers: (i) BATS Exchange, (ii) BIDS ATS, (iii) NYSE Amex, (iv) Chicago Stock Exchange, (v) Direct Edge Holdings (EDGA Exchange, EDGX Exchange and ISE Stock Exchange), (vi) eBX/LeveL ATS, (vii) NYSE Arca, (viii) NYSE Amex, (ix) CBOE C2, (x) Nasdaq Options Market, (xi) Nasdaq OMX Phlx.
Additionally, MLPF&S is affiliated with Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp. (“ML Pro”), which acts as a market maker on certain options exchanges, including the CBOE, CBOE C2, ISE, BATS Exchange, NYSE Arca, NYSE Amex, Nasdaq Options Market and Nasdaq OMX PHLX. Accordingly, MLPF&S may stand to indirectly share in the profits or losses that ML Pro generates by transacting as options market maker, including transactions that may involve orders for the accounts of MLPF&S customers.
MLPF&S routes customer and proprietary orders to national securities exchanges, alternative trading systems, electronic communications networks, and broker-dealers. Based on their fee schedules, certain market centers offer credits for orders that provide liquidity to their books and assess fees for orders that take liquidity from their books. In some cases, the credits offered by a market center to MLPF&S over a period of time may exceed the charges assessed. MLPF&S participates in the options order flow programs sponsored by the NYSE Amex Options, CBOE, ISE, NYSE Arca and PHLX. These exchange-sponsored programs offer payments for listed option orders that are directed to such options markets.
I’m now researching the UK business documents and will post that info in a separate post. Link to the UK data on their website is here:
Comment in Global Wealth Management documents :
Where this communication is sent by a branch of Merrill Lynch International Bank Limited, please note that mutual fund materials are only directed at persons to whom, and are distributed only to persons to whom, unregulated collective investment schemes may be promoted in accordance with the rules of the UK Financial Services Authority, including in particular Rule 3.11 of the Conduct of Business sourcebook (“relevant persons”). Such investments are available only to, and any invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe, purchase or otherwise acquire such investments will be engaged in only with, relevant persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on these materials. Merrill Lynch does not operate as a banking entity in all jurisdictions.
while its detailing that only the person whom it was sent to is whom can act on the offer- it reveals that the Financial Services Authority in UK allows Unregulated Collective Investment Schemes!
The Financial Services Authority is in charge of Regulating financial services – so why would it permit unregulated activities to be promoted to anyone?
I feel like no one cares. Like I’m wasting my time.
If you want me to keep going than please say so.
My whole goal is to try protect people from getting scammed by the whole change in the FOREX market from real to simulated. While 9 thousand people have visited my blog- most come to try put advertising in the comment sections.
I’ve had maybe 25 real comments. Is that all the real readers I’ve had?
If this blog has helped you- please let me know, Gathering the information takes a lot of time and is pointless if no one is making use of it.
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It drives me crazy that people sign these agreements without understanding what they are agreeing to! If you did understand- there’s no way you would sign!
BY SIGNING – YOU HAVE AGREED TO ALLOW THEM TO RIP YOU OFF USING MULTIPLE METHODS TO DO IT AND HAVE ALSO AGREED THAT YOU WONT TAKE ACTION AGAINST THEM FOR DOING IT.
FOREX.COM is GAIN CAPITAL
The following are just some of what you are agreeing to-First- they make sure you know they are working against you and that you cannot trust them. They detail how they will move the market against you and then have you agree with them doing this to you.
copied from the secondary risk statementon feb 20,2014 http://www.forex.com/pdf/secondary.pdf
I have read, and understand the Risk Disclosure
- You are ONLY trading against your broker.
- Your broker can choose to not cover their own exposure- causing the market to swing against you because they will profit more that way.
- They control the prices you see+ they are the only other person trading with you therefore- they create the appearance of a market swing- to take your money away from you.
- They are allowed to manipulate you by providing bad reccommendations.
They are not obligated to use prices that match what you might find on another site -keeping in mind- everyone makes there own prices and there is no actual market- your still just trading against your broker. Not other customers- meaning “high volume” and “volatility” don’t exist. They create the appearance of that environment at will.
Customer’s Account will be under the control of FOREX.com FOREX.com may change Margin requirements at any time, without prior notice to Customer, and may call for additional Margin (“Margin Call”) at (x) any time Customer’s Margin Balance falls below FOREX.com ’s Minimum Margin Requirement as applied to that Account;and (y) any timeFOREX.com, in its sole discretion, believes that it is prudent to do so.FOREX.com may at any time liquidate Customer’s Account in accordance with Paragraph 9.FOREX.com may withdraw funds from the Customer’s account without notice: (x) to ensure that Posted Margin equals or exceeds Required Margin; and (y) to satisfy any payment obligation to FOREX.com, including commissions,fees and charges in respect of Customer’s Account.
- They control your account
- They can change your margin requirement for no reason at all and
- They don’t have to tell you before they change it. Furthermore
- They can liquidate your account if it doesnt meet the new limit
- and do it without prior notice
You want to know how these companies take peoples money? You sign an agreement that says they can! Who in there right mind would agree to have them get to move your margin limit without warning or notification? Then get to liquidate your account based on the new requirement- without ever notifying you! And they get to do this at their sole discretion- that means they are not required to have any form of valid reason. They can do it just because they feel like it. They have the freedom to decide what the margin will be at their sole discretion as well- there are no standards they have to follow. They can double your margin requirement, or triple it- well… they will move it exactly enough to make sure you dont have enough in your account to cover it- at the same time swinging the market against your outstanding orders- thereby not only taking all your money- but making it so you then owe them money for the losses that happened when they liquidated.
I dont have time to keep writing this all out- just read each paragraph carefully-The words that alert you to foul play are as follows
“at it’s sole discretion” = “just cuz they feel like it” no reason required!
“without prior notice” = They can do it without warning you
“without notice”= they don’t have to tell you they did something- like change the agreement- and continuing to trade = agreeing to the changes they made- but how are you supposed to know changes were made? exactly!