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Beacon is a Dealer Member with the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).
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Trading in Multiple Marketplaces
With the deployment of alternate marketplaces in Canada, Beacon would like to inform you of conditions that may impact the execution of your order.
Beacon is committed to use all practical efforts to provide “best execution” for our client’s orders that are traded on all marketplaces. Beacon will diligently seek to provide the optimal execution for the client which is reasonably available with market conditions at the time of the order.
In order to achieve Best Execution, Beacon connects to the following marketplaces and ATSs: Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV), TSX Alpha Exchange, Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE), Aequitas NEO Exchange (NEO-N and Neo Lit), Nasdaq CXC Limited Exchange (CXC, and CX2), Omega ATS (Omega and Lynx) and TriAct Canada Marketplace (Match Now).
Marketplace Hours of Operation
The principal market (TSX) operates between 9:30 am ET and 4:00 pm ET (10:30 am AT to 5:00 pm AT), Monday to Friday. The TSX is not open during statutory holidays in Ontario. While staff may be available outside of these hours, Beacon cannot guarantee execution outside the above noted hours.
Order Routing Environment
Any orders received prior to the principal market opening (TSX at 9:30 am ET); will be entered for execution on the principal marketplace to be executed at or after the opening. Orders received prior to market opening will not be routed to an alternate marketplace unless agreed upon by client and trader.
Orders received after the principal market closes (TSX at 4:00 pm ET); will be entered on the principal marketplace prior to opening on the following trading day. Orders received after close of the principal marketplace will not be routed to an alternate marketplace.
During the principal marketplace’s operating hours, any orders received will route to the best market at that time. Best market refers to the market, accessible by Beacon, which can provide Best Execution based on factors such as Price, Speed of Execution, Certainty of Execution and Overall Cost of the transaction.
Orders not filled immediately will be entered into the principal market and remain in that market until the order is filled, cancelled, changed, or expires.
Changes made to any outstanding orders, or portion remaining of outstanding orders, will receive the same order routing conditions as if it were a new order. The changed order will be entered into the best market, and unfilled portion of orders will default to the principal market.
Beacon may pay marketplace fees or receive marketplace rebates when routing client orders in Canada. Fees paid or rebates received are not passed along to Beacon clients.
Beacon uses a Smart Order Router to direct all Canadian equity orders in seeking best execution and order protection. The SOR seeks the best execution across all Exchanges and visible ATS’s.
Orders executed outside of Canada will be executed through an intermediary broker. These orders will be required to be executed in accordance with local rules and regulations applicable to the executing broker and may result in the executing broker applying different criteria to the assessment of execution quality. The executing broker may also have acted as principal or agent and may have derived compensation from the transaction.
Over The Counter Securities
Over the counter (“OTC”) securities, for the purpose of best execution under Rule 3300, refers to securities that are not executed on a marketplace. These would include securities that are fixed income and those of unlisted issuers.
In accordance with IIROC Rule 3300, Beacon will make reasonable efforts to ensure that client trades in OTC securities are executed at prices that are fair and reasonable (including any mark up or mark down) taking into consideration all relevant factors, including the fair market value of the securities at the time of the transaction and of any securities exchanged or traded in connection with the transaction, the expense involved in effecting the transaction, the fact that the Dealer Member is entitled to a profit, and the total dollar amount of the transaction.
There are certain order types which may be handled differently and have implications within an environment where alternate marketplaces exist.
- DAY ORDERS – A day order is an order received that will expire at the end of the day if not executed the same day order is received. All unfilled day orders, or portions of unfilled day orders expire at the close of the principal market.
- GTC (Good Till Cancelled) or Open Order – GTC orders will not expire until a specific date agreed upon. GTC or open orders are entered into the principal market place if not executable on any of the marketplaces at the time of entry. Orders remain on the principal market until filled, expires, or is cancelled.
- Market Orders – Market order is an order to buy or sell a security at the best available prices at the time of entry. These orders are time sensitive and require completion immediately. These orders will expire, if not filled in full, on the marketplace where the last portion of the order remains live, at the close of the marketplace.
- Limit Orders – Limit orders have specific minimum sale price or maximum purchase price. Any limit order received prior to open of the principal market will not be book to alternate marketplaces, but will be booked to the principal market for the open. Limit orders received during the hours of operation of the principal market will be routed to the market where the best price may be obtained. Any unfilled portions of a limit order will be booked to the principal market, where the remaining portion will remain live.
- Special Term Orders – Special Terms Orders (“STO”) are orders with specific terms that are not executable in the regular marketplace. STOs will be entered into the Special Terms Market of the principal marketplace unless they are immediately executable on an alternative marketplace at the time of entry. An STO, which is not filled, will expire on the close of business of the marketplace on which it has been entered.
- Market on Close Orders – A Market on Close (“MOC”) order must trade on the close, at the calculated closing price, of the principal marketplace. Currently the TSX and TSX Venture are the only marketplaces that offer a MOC facility. All MOC orders will therefore be entered into the TSX, as the principal marketplace. Please be advised that this is an anonymous price facility. Therefore, the execution price will only be available after the execution is complete. Limit orders are allowed but may, by the nature of a limit order, negate execution. For further details of this facility, please contact your Registered Representative or Trader.
Beacon has a Best Execution Committee that meets at least annually to review our Best Execution policy. The objective of the annual review is to assess whether there is an opportunity to improve the quality of order execution for our clients and ensure that the routing is effective. Employees who handle trades will also require training on any changes in effect.
Events which may trigger a Committee meeting:
• Changes with respect to new or departing liquidity providers;
• Material changes in liquidity patterns on a marketplace;
• Changes in trading technology;
• Regulatory changes.
The Committee will use available trade data amongst the Canadian marketplaces that are available for trading. Liquidity, fees, rebates and speed and certainty of execution will be factors under consideration.