CLIENT ACCOUNT PROTECTION

RBC Correspondent Services, a division of RBC Capital Markets Corp. is the clearing firm for your broker dealer and your Financial Advisor.

RBC takes pride in maintaining a financial environment that offers safety for your clients’ account assets. When your account is maintained at RBC, your assets are protected in the following ways:

    • Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC)*;
    • Additional policy purchased from Lloyd’s of London*;
    • Capital and financial strength of RBC.

SIPC PROTECTION


One of the ways RBC protects clients’ assets is through its membership in the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC).

SIPC is a non-profit membership corporation funded by its member securities broker-dealers. There are several levels of protection offered by SIPC. Principally, those levels are as follows:

First, in the event of the failure of a SIPC member and the loss or destruction of client cash or securities, clients receive a distribution of cash and securities equal in value to their pro rata share of all client assets on hand. This is a preferential distribution in which general creditors of the broker-dealer do not share.

Money required to protect clients beyond SIPC’s basic coverage is also available from the property and possessions of a failed firm.

Second, in the event clients’ claims are not fully satisfied by this distribution, SIPC protection (up to its limits) will be available to satisfy the remaining shortfall. SIPC protection currently covers up to $500,000 per account (of which $100,000 may be in cash). All client accounts that are similarly titled are combined for purposes of determining SIPC protection. Accounts with separate legal titles, however, are each protected separately. Thus, for example, a client’s individual account, a joint tenant account with a spouse, and a custodial account for a minor child would each receive separate protection.

Shares of money market funds, such as Tamarack™ Investment Funds, although often thought of by investors as cash, are, in fact, securities. When held by a SIPC member in a client’s securities account, such fund shares are protected in the same manner as any other covered security.

EXCESS SIPC PROTECTION


Another way clients’ assets are protected is through a supplemental policy RBC has purchased from Lloyd’s of London that provides coverage in excess of SIPC. The policy covers additional securities and cash protection up to an aggregate of $400 million limited to a combined return to any SIPC qualified account from a Trustee, SIPC, and the Lloyd’s coverage of $100 million ($1 million of which may be in cash).

The table below illustrates the levels of added coverage provided.

Account Type

SIPC Coverage +

Additional Coverage =

Total Coverage

Securities

$500,000

$99,500,000

$100,000,000

Cash

$100,000

$900,000

$1,000,000

 

PROVIDING FINANCIAL STRENGTH


RBC’s capital provides an extra measure of protection. Prior to SIPC and Excess SIPC coverage being called upon, RBC’s capital would need to be exhausted.

CUSTODY AND SAFEKEEPING YOUR INVESTMENTS


In today’s rapidly changing financial markets, you want the safety provided by a strong partner. RBC provides the protection you need. We view the safety and security of your accounts’ asset as our most important responsibility.

We have additional information on the protection provided by both SIPC and RBC. Should you have any questions, your Financial Advisor will be happy to answer them.

* Neither SIPC protection, nor protection in excess of that provided by SIPC, covers a decline in the value of a customer’s assets due to market loss. For more information, visit  SIPC.org.