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Best Execution Policy - FCA Firm Reference Number 590890

Order Aggregation & Best Execution Policy

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Introduction

In accordance with regulatory requirements set by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), we are obliged to provide clients with information about the steps we take to obtain the best possible result where we are executing client orders. We may refer to our obligation to obtain the best possible result for clients hereafter, as “best execution”.

Scope

Our Best Execution Policy is applicable to Abshire–Smith Global Ltd (“ABS”) clients, where we have received an order in respect of financial instruments: such as shares; derivatives, or bonds, or which we pass on (i.e. transmit) at our discretion to another broker or dealer (“third party”) for execution.

PART 1: The Quality of Execution

When executing orders on your behalf in relation to financial instruments, we will take all reasonable steps to achieve what is called “best execution” of your order(s). This means that we will have in place a policy and procedures which are designed to obtain the best possible execution result, subject to and taking into account the nature of your orders, the priorities you place upon us in filling those orders and the market in question and which provides, in our view, the best balance across a range of sometimes conflicting factors.

We will take into consideration a range of different factors which include not just price, but which may also include such other factors as the cost of the transaction, the need for timely execution, the liquidity of the market (which may make it difficult to even execute an order), the size of the order and the nature of the financial transaction including whether it is executed on a regulated market or over-the-counter.

We will also take into account your understanding and experience of the market in question, your dealing profile, the nature of the dealing service you require of us and the specific and general instructions given to us by you which may prioritise how we are to fill your orders.

In the absence of express instructions from you, we will exercise our own discretion in determining the factors that we need to take into account for the purpose of providing you with “best execution”.

Our commitment to provide you with “best execution” does not mean that we owe you any fiduciary responsibilities over and above the specific regulatory obligations placed upon us or as may be otherwise contracted between us.

Part two: Order Execution Policy

We have set out below the criteria which determines how we select the different venues on which we may execute your order and have identified those venues (which may include your dealings with us on a principal-to-principal basis) on which we will most regularly seek to execute your orders and which we believe offer the best prospects for affording you best execution. We will also assess, on a regular basis, the quality of execution afforded by those venues on which we execute your orders (and that includes the quality of execution offered by us when you are dealing directly with us on a principal to- principal basis) and whether we need to change our execution arrangements.

In selecting the most appropriate venues for the purpose of executing your orders, we will take into full account the factors relevant to the order, including those set out in Part One above;

  1. what we reasonably assess to be your best interests in terms of executing your orders; and
  2. such other factors as may be appropriate, including the ability of the venue to manage complex orders, the speed of execution, the creditworthiness of the venue and the quality of any related clearing and settlement facilities.


While we will take all reasonable steps based on those resources available to us to satisfy ourselves that we have processes in place that can reasonably be expected to lead to the delivery of best execution of your orders, we cannot guarantee that we will always be able to provide best execution of every order executed on your behalf.

Our policy, in providing you with best execution, is, so far as possible and subject to the processes set out in Part 3, to exercise the same standards and operate the same processes across all the different markets and financial instruments on which we execute your orders. However, the diversity in those markets and instruments and the kind of orders that you may place with us mean that different factors will have to be taken into account when we assess the nature of our execution policy in the context of different instruments and different markets. For example, there is no formalised market or settlement infrastructure for over-the-counter transactions. In some markets, price volatility may mean that the timeliness of execution is a priority, whereas, in other markets that have low liquidity , the fact of execution may itself constitute best execution. In other cases, our choice of venue may be limited (even to the fact that there may only be one platform/market upon which we can execute your orders) because of the nature of your order or of your requirements.

Part Three: Our firms’ processes for delivering best execution

ABS may execute trades through a variety of Banks, Prime Brokers, Hedge Funds, Market Makers or other clearing houses.

Please note that ABS does not trade outside of a regulated market or Multilateral Trading Facility (MTF) or deal in any OTC transaction in the EEA.

ABS does not trade as principal.

Part Four: Order aggregation

ABS may, at our discretion:

  1. Aggregate orders for a client’s account with orders for other clients' accounts and allocate the investments or
  2. If the entire combined order is not executed at the same price, we may average the prices paid or received and charge the client’s account with the average net price. Clients should be aware that aggregation of orders may work to their disadvantage in relation to a particular order. However, aggregation will only be undertaken if it is unlikely to work to the disadvantage of the client.

Order aggregation will seldom occur, because of the nature of our business. When it does occur, orders will be allocated in a fair way, i.e. at a weighted average price. Allocation on partial fills will also be made on a weighted average basis. Client orders will not be aggregated with those of the firm, as the firm does not deal on a proprietary basis.

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