Options Account Agreement
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1) Acknowledgements and Representations
By opening a ShareBuilder Options Account at Capital One ShareBuilder, Inc. ("Capital One ShareBuilder"), you acknowledge and represent that:
b) This Agreement amends, supplements and incorporates by reference the Account Agreement between you and Capital One ShareBuilder. In the event of a direct conflict between this Agreement and the Account Agreement, the terms of this Agreement shall control for matters or services related to this Agreement. For purposes of this Agreement, the term "Customer" or "you" shall also refer to your investment adviser or sub-adviser, acting as your agent (if applicable). Capitalized terms used in this Agreement and not otherwise defined shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Account Agreement.
c) As a self-directed investor you understand that: (i) you alone are responsible for determining the suitability of your investment choices and investment strategies in light of your particular circumstance; (ii) Capital One ShareBuilder assumes no responsibility for such choices or determinations; (iii) all orders are unsolicited, and that the market values of securities can and do fluctuate. Additionally, Capital One ShareBuilder cannot advise you, nor comment concerning the nature, risk or suitability of any security, transaction or investment strategy. Capital One ShareBuilder does not give legal or tax advice. You are of the age of majority as defined by the laws of the state of your home of record in order to enter into this Agreement and be bound thereby.
e) You agree to make appropriate changes to information for any changes in your financial situation, knowledge and investment objectives as you deem these changes material to any options transactions.
f) If you are opening a ShareBuilder Account in response to bank or credit union ("Depositary Institution") sponsored advertising or a web site provided by a Depositary Institution, you hereby specifically acknowledge your understanding that investments through Capital One ShareBuilder are not insured by the FDIC or NCUA; are not a deposit or other obligation of, or guaranteed by, the Depository Institution; and are subject to investment risks, including possible loss of the principal amount invested.
g) You have received, read and understand the information contained in the most recent "Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options."
h) You understand that the purchasing or selling of options may involve a high degree of risk and speculation. You are also aware that on certain days, options trading may cease, which could result in financial loss to you. You are willing and able to undertake the financial risks and hazards of options trading and agree that you will in no way hold Capital One ShareBuilder responsible for any option trading decisions however arrived at by you.
You are aware that when purchasing options, there is the risk that the entire premium paid (purchase price) for the option can be lost if the option is not exercised or otherwise sold. When selling (writing) options, the risk of loss can exceed the amount of premium received. You are also aware that for certain strategies, Capital One ShareBuilder may restrict or limit your ability to enter orders, or your orders may be required to be entered in such a way or in a certain order, in an attempt to reduce customer exposure.
i) You are capable of evaluating and bearing the financial risks attendant to the writing, selling, or purchasing of options. Your capabilities are based on your income, net worth, experience and knowledge of securities investing, and your investment objectives.
j) You fully understand that an active program of purchasing and/or selling options may involve related purchases and sales of the underlying stocks to which the options relate, and that such a program may produce a high level trading activity and commission costs.
k) You understand and agree that, unless otherwise agreed in writing, Capital One ShareBuilder is not, and will not be, obligated under any circumstances to repurchase any option.
l) You have been advised of and agree that all transactions in your ShareBuilder Options Account shall be subject to the constitution, rules, regulations, customs and usages of the exchange or market, and its clearinghouse, if any, where the transactions are executed and to Capital One ShareBuilder's policies. Transactions also shall be subject to the provisions of federal and state securities laws, as amended, and to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Capital One ShareBuilder shall not be liable for any loss caused directly or indirectly by Capital One ShareBuilder's compliance with such rules or regulations, or by government restrictions, exchange or market rulings, suspensions of trading or other conditions beyond Capital One ShareBuilder's control. You acknowledge and agree that Capital One ShareBuilder may, in its sole discretion, determine that there is danger of financial loss to Capital One ShareBuilder or you, request additional margin deposit, purchase or sale of additional stock, or the closing out of an option position. You understand that if you exceed any applicable position or exercise limits, Capital One ShareBuilder is authorized in its sole discretion, and without notification, to take any and all steps Capital One ShareBuilder deems necessary to protect itself (for any reason), including the right to buy and/or sell (including short or short exempt) from your ShareBuilder Options Account, in order to bring your ShareBuilder Options Account into compliance with such position limits. Any and all expenses or losses incurred by Capital One ShareBuilder in this connection will be reimbursed by you
m) You understand that settlement (payment date) for option trades is the business day following the purchase or sale of the option. However, Capital One ShareBuilder may require deposits at the time of purchase or sale.
n) You will deliver underlying securities in good transferable form as is customary for that type of security and the underlying securities shall be made free and clear of any lien, encumbrance, claim, pledge, charge, restriction or impediment to transfer of any nature whatsoever. You warrant at the time of such delivery that you will have good, valid and marketable title or right to sell and transfer all such underlying securities on the terms of this Agreement. Capital One ShareBuilder will close out any positions and you shall be liable for all losses, including commissions, where underlying securities delivered are not in good transferable form or not free and clear of any lien, encumbrance, claim, pledge, charge, restriction or impediment to transfer of any nature whatsoever.
o) You understand that when transactions on your behalf are to be executed in options traded on more than one exchange, Capital One ShareBuilder or its correspondent may use discretion in selecting the market in which to enter your order.
p) It shall be your sole responsibility to exercise, in a proper and timely manner as set forth by the Options Clearing Corporation and Capital One ShareBuilder, any right or privilege or obligation of any put option, call option or other option which Capital One ShareBuilder may purchase, handle or carry for your ShareBuilder Options Account. Capital One ShareBuilder has no obligation or responsibility to exercise any option without specific instructions from you. You will provide Capital One ShareBuilder of a notice of exercise with respect to an option held by you via the ShareBuilder Website. You agree that Capital One ShareBuilder reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to rely upon any notice or instruction given to it orally or in writing under this Agreement which it reasonably believes is given to it by or on your behalf. You understand that the failure on your part to notify Capital One ShareBuilder of your desire to exercise any option may result in the option expiring worthless, even though it may have a monetary value on the expiration date.
In the event that you fail to instruct Capital One ShareBuilder to exercise an option about to expire that is "in-the-money" by .01 or more by 4:00 p.m. (Eastern time) on the business day immediately preceding the expiration date of the option, you understand that Capital One ShareBuilder may exercise such option, but is under no obligation to do so and you hereby agree to waive all claims for damage which you may have at the time or any time thereafter against Capital One ShareBuilder arising out of the fact that the option was or was not exercised. Capital One ShareBuilder reserves the right to require your account to have available funds to support the cost of any exercise prior to allowing you to exercise an option, or may reduce the number of options exercised based on the available funds in your account. Should Capital One ShareBuilder exercise such an option and liquidate the underlying securities for your account and at your sole risk you shall be charged two commissions: one for the exercise of the option, another for the purchase or sale of the securities underlying the option. You agree to pay the full aggregate price for the underlying securities covered by the options contract and understand that, generally, you will be charged at least one commission in connection with the exercising of any option.
q) In options transactions, acting alone or in concert with other, you agree not to exceed position or exercise limits imposed by an exchange or other market with respect to options trading. You also understand that Capital One ShareBuilder may be required to report your position to regulatory authorities in a class of options having the same underlying security.
r) You understand that exercise assignment notices for option contracts are allocated among client short positions, whether covered or uncovered, on a First-In-First-Out ("FIFO") basis from among all client short options positions established as of the day of assignment those contracts which are subject to exercise. The writer of an American-style option is subject to being assigned an exercise at any time after the writer has written the option until the option expires. By contrast, the writer of a European-style option is subject to exercise assignment only during the exercise period. A more detailed description of Capital One ShareBuilder's FIFO allocation procedures is available upon request.
s) Capital One ShareBuilder shall not be liable in connection with the execution, handling, selling, purchasing, exercising or endorsing of put or calls for your, except for gross negligence or willful misconduct on Capital One ShareBuilder's part.
2) Services and Fees
Capital One ShareBuilder will act as your broker for the purpose of buying and selling securities on your instructions. You are solely responsible for the trades entered, and will not hold Capital One ShareBuilder or any of its employees liable for those investment decisions. Capital One ShareBuilder reserves the right to refuse any account and to decline or change any order at its sole discretion. You agree to pay the applicable commissions, fees (including any extraordinary surcharges passed to Capital One ShareBuilder by certain exchanges), and taxes that may apply at the time services are rendered to your ShareBuilder Options Account. For a schedule of standard fees relating to your ShareBuilder Options Account, you should refer to the Fee Schedule link at the bottom of each page or the "Customer Service" area on the ShareBuilder.com web site. Capital One ShareBuilder reserves the right to pass on to you all fees imposed by an agent for any corporate action. Capital One ShareBuilder further reserves the right to change its fees anytime by posting a modified fee schedule on the ShareBuilder web site.
A request to cancel a Real-time Trade is only a request and, as such, cancellation of any given trade is not guaranteed. Capital One ShareBuilder processes requests to cancel orders on a best efforts basis and you agree not to hold Capital One ShareBuilder liable if it is unable to cancel an order. Your order will only be cancelled if your cancellation request is received in the marketplace and matched up with the existing order before the order is executed. Market orders are subject to immediate execution and, as a general rule, cannot be cancelled during market hours. If an order cannot be cancelled you agree to be bound to the results of the original order.