Legal and Compliance
Ethical Standards of George K. Baum & Company
One of George K. Baum & Company's "Guiding Principles" is "Uncompromising Standards." That principle states, "The pre-eminent reputation and integrity of the firm are paramount in our ability to serve our clients. We will maintain the highest ethical standards, both personally and professionally." These are not just words to George K. Baum & Company and its employees. The Firm expects all of its employees to honor and act in accordance with both this guiding principle and the Firm's written policies and procedures.
George K. Baum & Company's principal securities regulator is the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC ") and its principal securities self-regulators are the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") and the Municipal Securities Rule Making Board ("MSRB"). George K. Baum & Company diligently will take all reasonable and appropriate steps to conduct its business consistent with the highest standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade (FINRA Rule 2010 and MSRB Rule G-17) and in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.
The trust and protection of our customers are of paramount importance to George K. Baum & Company. Effective supervision and compliance are integral parts of achieving the Firm's goals and serving its customers well. Please direct any compliance-related questions or concerns to Dana Bjornson, our Chief Compliance Officer.
Disclosures & Other Information
ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING CUSTOMER NOTICEAnti-Money Laundering Customer Notice
Anti-Money Laundering Customer Notice
Important Information About Procedures for Opening a New Account
To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens an account.
What this means for you: When you open an account with George K. Baum & Company, we will ask you for your name, address, date of birth and other information that will allow us to identify you. We are required to obtain a copy of your valid driver's license or other identifying documents. To comply with the USA Patriot Act of 2001, the Firm may conduct a background check and/or utilize a third party to verify all information including information used to verify a customer's identity.
BUSINESS CONTINUITY PLAN SUMMARYBusiness Continuity Plan Summary
George K. Baum & Company is furnishing this document to you to provide information about our efforts to ensure that you are not significantly affected as a result of an emergency or significant business disruption.
Securities industry regulations require each member firm to create and maintain a business continuity plan reasonably designed to meet its obligations to its clients and other counterparties. In accordance with these requirements, George K. Baum & Company has designed a business continuity plan to address possible scenarios in efforts to minimize the impact to your account.
In keeping with the regulatory requirements, the business continuity plan for George K. Baum & Company is designed to address key areas of concern - including but not limited to the following:
- Data back-up and recovery
- All mission critical systems
- Financial and operational assessments
- Alternate means of communication between GKB and its customers
- Alternate means of communication between GKB and its employees
- Alternate physical locations of employees
- Critical business constituent, bank and counter-party impact
- Regulatory reporting
- Communications with regulators
- George K. Baum & Company will ensure that customers have access to their funds and securities
Since events creating business disruptions may vary in nature and scope, George K. Baum & Company has anticipated scenarios in which the following are affected:
- George K. Baum & Company headquarters location
- A George K. Baum & Company branch location
- A city-wide area
- A regional area
Regardless of the scope of potential disruption, George K. Baum & Company intends to continue to provide service to its clients as soon as possible.
George K. Baum & Company has an alternate operations site identified in its headquarters' geographic area. In the event where the headquarters building or business district is affected, the other building can be used to help restore operations. In the unlikely event of a citywide or regional disruption, George K. Baum & Company has established a recovery site approximately 500 miles from its headquarters that can be used to restore time sensitive functions as soon as key employees are relocated to the facility. Additionally, George K. Baum & Company would intend to take advantage of any available facilities at any of our offices that may be located in other geographical regions. In the event that any such disruption occurs, we have developed alternative service arrangements, systems, locations and contingency plans to ensure that any service is quickly restored.
At a minimum, the George K. Baum & Company business continuity plan is reviewed, updated and tested on an annual basis. Additionally, our primary internal and external application providers periodically conduct testing of their own backup capabilities to ensure that, in the event of an emergency or significant business disruption, they will be able to provide us with the critical information and applications we need to continue or promptly resume our business.
If SIPC determines that we are unable to meet our obligations to our customers or if our liabilities exceed our assets in violation of Securities Exchange Act Rule 15c3-1, SIPC may seek to appoint a trustee to disburse our assets to customers. We will assist SIPC and the trustee by providing our books and records identifying customer accounts subject to SIPC regulation.
Making sure that any type of disruption does not unduly impact our clients is extremely important to us and our business continuity plan is designed to allow us to continue to provide the quality service you have come to expect from George K. Baum & Company.
George K. Baum & Company has become increasingly dependent on devices, services and applications that connect to the internet such as smartphones, email, social media, and cloud computing services. As a result, George K. Baum & Company has created, implemented and maintains a cybersecurity plan that is designed to protect all computing devices, networks, and information. This policy builds upon the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (“NIST”) Cybersecurity Framework which is derived from existing industry standards.
CALLABLE SECURITIES POLICY PURSUANT TO FINRA RULE 4340Callable Securities Policy Pursuant to FINRA Rule 4340
When a security is subject to a partial redemption by the issuer, the issuer notifies GKB via a central industry depository of the number of units for the specific security to be redeemed. Upon receipt of the issuer’s notification, GKB determines the favorability of the redemption based on the current market price versus the call price. When the redemption of the callable security is made on terms that are favorable to the called parties, GKB does not include any firm or employee accounts in the pool of securities eligible to be called until all other customer positions in such securities have been called. When the redemption is made on terms that are unfavorable to the called parties, GKB does not exclude firm or employee accounts from the pool of the securities eligible to be called. Once the favorability of the redemption has been determined, GKB uses a random process designed to allocate called securities on a fair and impartial basis. The lottery process is based on a mathematical formula that determines the accounts that will be selected and the number of securities in the account that will be redeemed.
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The Content of this website contains general information about George K. Baum & Company, our array of products and services, the investment process, and certain specific securities. This website is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any security referenced in this website. The Content provided on this website is intended for your personal, non-commercial use. George K. Baum & Company does not intend to provide investment, tax or legal advice through this website and does not represent that any securities, products or services described herein are suitable for any investor. Investors are advised not to rely on any Content contained in this website in the process of making a fully informed investment decision. Content contained on this website, including but not limited to pricing, valuation, and commentary on specific securities, reflects the authors' analyses as of the respective publication date indicated. The accuracy, completeness or timeliness of such Content cannot be guaranteed and is subject to change. George K. Baum & Company is under no obligation to update the Content to reflect changes after the publication date. Furthermore, news, views, opinions, commentary, recommendations, data, pricing and all other information contained in the Content on this website is believed to be reliable, but George K. Baum & Company cannot and does not guarantee its accuracy, timeliness or completeness.
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INVESTOR EDUCATION MATERIALSINVESTOR EDUCATION MATERIALS
Investor education and protection is one of the top goals of the regulators governing the financial services industry. "Client First" is the premier value found in the George K. Baum & Company Mission Statement. The links below provide valuable information and free resources about investing and the protection of those investments.
INVESTOR - FIXED INCOME RISK DISCLOSURESInvestor – Fixed Income Risk Disclosures
Investing in any security involves risk and exposes the investor to potential losses on their investment. Different investment products and strategies involve different degrees of risk. Fixed income investments have a number of different risks that potential investors should be aware of in order to make an informed assessment as to whether the investment meets their risk profile. The following is a list of potential risks for of investing in fixed income securities.
Call or Prepayment risk. Call risk refers to the potential for an issuer to repay a bond before its maturity date, something that an issuer may do if interest rates decline -- much as a homeowner might refinance a mortgage loan to benefit from lower interest rates. Bond calls are less likely when interest rates are stable or moving higher. Many municipal bonds are "callable," so investors who want to hold a municipal bond to maturity should research the bond's call provisions before making a purchase. Investors in mortgage-backed securities are subject to prepayment risk – as interest rates move higher, prepayments will generally decline as the underlying mortgages become less likely to prepay. This extends the average life of the mortgage pool and increases the expected duration of the bond which may cause a decline in the current market value for the security. Even small changes in rates can have significant implications from a market value perspective. Investors with shorter-term liquidity needs or who do not have the ability to hold the securities to maturity may experience unanticipated losses.
Credit risk. This is the risk that the bond issuer may experience financial problems that make it difficult or impossible to pay interest and principal in full (the failure to pay interest or principal is referred to as "default"). Credit ratings are available for many bonds. Credit ratings seek to estimate the relative credit risk of a bond as compared with other bonds, although a high rating does not reflect a prediction that the bond has no chance of defaulting.
Interest rate or duration risk. Bonds have a fixed face value, known as the "par" value. If bonds are held to maturity, the investor will receive the face value amount back, plus interest that may be set at a fixed or floating rate. The bond's market price will move up as interest rates move down and it will decline as interest rates rise, so that the market value of the bond may be more or less than the par value. U.S. interest rates have been low for some time. If interest rates move higher, investors who hold a low fixed-rate municipal bond and try to sell it before it matures could lose money because of the lower market value of the bond in that environment. Duration is a measurement of a bond's sensitivity to interest rates changes. The higher the duration of a bond (generally the maturity or expected maturity of a bond), the larger the impact on the change in value when interest rates move up or down. Higher duration bonds carry more interest rate risk than lower duration bonds.
For additional information about interest rate risk, the MSRB has highlighted the impact of market interest rate movements on bond prices and yields on their website:
Inflation risk. Inflation is a general upward movement in prices. Inflation reduces purchasing power, which is a risk for investors receiving a fixed rate of interest. It also can lead to higher interest rates and, in turn, lower market value for existing bonds.
Liquidity risk. This refers to the risk that investors won't find an active market for the taxable or municipal bond, potentially preventing them from buying or selling when they want and also preventing them from obtaining a certain price for the bond. Many investors buy taxable and municipal bonds to hold them rather than to trade them, so the market for a particular bond may not be especially liquid and quoted prices for the same bond may differ.
Tax implications. Consider consulting a tax professional to discuss the bond's tax implications, including the possibility that your bond may be subject to the federal alternative minimum tax or eligible for state income tax benefits. There is also a risk that the U.S. tax laws may change in the future, thereby increasing or decreasing the value of municipal bonds.
MARGIN DISCLOSURE STATEMENTMargin Disclosure Statement
George K. Baum & Company is furnishing this information to you to provide some basic facts about purchasing securities on margin, and to alert you to the risks involved with trading securities in a margin account. Before trading stocks in a margin account, you should carefully review the margin agreement. Please contact us regarding any questions or concerns you may have with your margin account(s).
When you purchase securities, you may pay for the securities in full or you may borrow part of the purchase price from the Firm. If you choose to borrow funds from the Firm, you will open a margin account with the Firm. The securities purchased are the Firm's collateral for the loan to you. If the securities in your account decline in value, so does the value of the collateral supporting your loan, and, as a result, the Firm can take action, such as issue a margin call and/or sell securities or other assets in any of your accounts held with the Firm, in order to maintain the required equity in the account. It is important that you fully understand the risks involved in trading securities on margin. These risks include the following:
- You can lose more funds than you deposit in the margin account. A decline in the value of securities that are purchased on margin may require you to provide additional funds to the Firm that has made the loan to avoid the forced sale of those securities or other securities or assets in your account(s). A new issue cannot be used to pay the additional funds.
- The Firm can force the sale of securities or other assets in your account(s). If the equity in your account falls below the maintenance margin requirements, or the Firm's higher "house" requirements, the Firm can sell the securities or other assets in any of your account held at the Firm to cover the margin deficiency. You also will be responsible for any short fall in the account after such a sale.
- The Firm can sell your securities or other assets without contacting you. Some investors mistakenly believe that a firm must contact them for a margin call to be valid, and that a firm cannot liquidate securities or other assets in their accounts to meet the call unless the firm has contacted them first. This is not the case. Most firms will attempt to notify their customers of margin calls, but they are not required to do so. However, even if a firm has contacted a customer and provided a specific date by which the customer can meet a margin call, the firm can still take necessary steps to protect its financial interests, including immediately selling the securities without notice to the customer.
- You are not entitled to choose which securities or other assets in your account(s) are liquidated or sold to meet a margin call. Because the securities are collateral for the margin loan, the Firm has the right to decide which security to sell in order to protect its interests.
- The Firm can increase its "house" maintenance margin requirements at any time and is not required to provide you advance written notice. These changes in firm policy often take effect immediately and may result in the issuance of a maintenance margin call. Your failure to satisfy the call may cause the member to liquidate or sell securities in your account(s).
- You are not entitled to an extension of time on a margin call. While an extension of time to meet margin requirements may be available to customers under certain conditions, a customer does not have a right to the extension.
George K. Baum & Company is dedicated to maintaining customer account and information security. The Firm uses reasonable precautions to maintain the confidentiality of customer account information, or any other non-public, personal information provided by a customer or to a customer via this website, or any communication through email. However, because that information can be accessed through the Internet, there can be no assurance that such information will remain secure. Accordingly, this website does not collect non-public, personal identifying information about individuals except when specifically and knowingly provided by such individuals.
Notice to Customers
George K. Baum & Company respects customer concerns about the privacy of non-public, personal information and gives this notice to customers when they obtain a financial product or service from the Firm for personal, family or household purposes. The provisions of this notice apply both to current and former customers, and include how the Firm collects, uses and protects information about its customers, as well as customer rights to limit the Firm's disclosure of customers' non-public, personal information to others. Keeping customers' non-public, personal information secure is the Firm's highest priority. The Firm restricts access to customers' non-public, personal information to those employees who need such information in order to provide customers with certain products and services. The Firm maintains physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect customers' non-public, personal information. The Firm collects personal information about its customers from the following sources: information received on applications (and other documents), such as a Social Security number, income, date of birth, and investment objectives; information about customer transactions with the Firm, its affiliates and nonaffiliated third parties; and, information the Firm receives about customers from other sources. The Firm may disclose the information collected for everyday business purposes, such as to process transactions, open and maintain customer accounts, respond to court orders and legal investigations, or in response to regulatory inquiries. The Firm's affiliates are the family of operating companies controlled by George K. Baum Holdings, Inc. These include George K. Baum & Company, George K. Baum Capital Advisors, Inc., and Baum Capital Partners Management, LLC. In order to serve customers better, the Firm may share some or all of the non-public, personal information about its customers with its affiliates. The law permits the Firm to share with its affiliates any information about transactions and experiences with its customers. Nonaffiliated third parties are those not part of the family of companies controlled by George K. Baum Holdings, Inc. THE FIRM DOES NOT SHARE, SELL OR MARKET NON-PUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ITS CUSTOMERS TO NONAFFILIATED THIRD PARTIES. The Firm may share the non-public personal information obtained about its customers with third parties who perform services or provide products on behalf of the Firm or its customers. The Firm may also share with or without customer consent, such non-public, personal information about its customers with nonaffiliated third parties as permitted or required by law, including disclosures necessary to process and service customer accounts, to protect against fraud, to protect the security or confidentiality of its records, or to respond to legal processes. Certain information may also be disclosed to consumer reporting agencies with respect to the activity in margin accounts. The Firm does not otherwise disclose any non-public, personal information about its customers to any other nonaffiliated third parties, except as permitted or required by law. Please see George K. Baum & Company's Disclosure Brochure.
SEC RULE 606 REPORTINGSEC Required Reporting
SEC-Required Reporting on Routing of Customer Orders
George K. Baum & Company has prepared this report pursuant to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule requiring all brokerage firms to make publicly available quarterly reports on their order routing practices. The report provides information on the routing of "non-directed orders" -- any order that the customer has not specifically instructed to be routed to a particular venue for execution. For these non-directed orders, George K. Baum & Company has selected the execution venue on behalf of its customers. The report is divided into four sections: one for securities listed on the New York Stock Exchange, one for securities listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market, one for securities listed on the American Stock Exchange or regional exchanges, and one for exchange-listed options. For each section, this report identifies the venues most often selected by George K. Baum & Company, sets forth the percentage of various types of orders routed to the venues, and discusses the material aspects of George K. Baum & Company's relationship with the respective venues.
SIPC PROTECTIONSIPC Protection
Member of SIPC. Securities in your account protected up to $500,000. For details, please see www.sipc.org. Positions reflected on your statement, but not held in your account at George K. Baum & Company are not covered by our SIPC protection.
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL CONDITIONStatement of Financial Condition
In accordance with the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, George K. Baum & Company's Statement of Financial Condition can be obtained below, or a hard copy can be requested by calling 1-800-821-7195, ext. 5260.
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TRADE CONFIRMATION DISCLOSURESTrade Confirmation Disclosures
It is agreed between George K. Baum & Company and the customer:
1. That all transactions are subject to the rules and regulations of the Federal Reserve Board and the rules and customs of the Exchange or Market (and its Clearing House, if any) where executed.
2. That all securities from time to time carried in the customer's open account or deposited to secure the same, may be loaned or pledged by the firm either separately or with other securities of other customers for a sum, not in excess of the aggregate indebtedness of such customers in respect of such securities.
3. That delivery of securities sold and payment for securities bought must be received by us at our office not later than the "Settlement Date", otherwise interest charges and premiums are chargeable. Pending full payment on purchases, we may hypothecate and commingle with other securities so purchased until as soon as practicable after receipt of payment.
4. That this agreement shall inure to the benefit of any successors of this firm which result merely by withdrawals from or additions to existing firm personnel, where the customer does not indicate his nonacquiescence in such agreement.
5. If we acted as your agent, name of person with whom the transaction was made, and time, will be furnished upon written request. If we acted as agent for both buyer and seller, a like commission was charged to each unless otherwise indicated. If we acted as principal, the time of execution of this transaction will be furnished upon written request.
6. That the time of execution will be furnished upon written request.
1. George K. Baum & Company is furnishing this information to you to provide some basic facts about purchasing securities on margin. Securities purchased on margin are George K. Baum & Company's collateral for the loan to you. If the securities in your account decline in value, so does the value of the collateral supporting your loan; and as a result, George K. Baum & Company can take action, such as issue a margin call and/or sell securities or other assets in any of your accounts held with George K. Baum & Company in order to maintain the required equity in the account. It is important that you fully understand the risks involved in trading securities on margin. These risks include the following:
- You can lose more funds than you deposit in the margin account.
- George K. Baum & Company can force the sale of securities or other assets in your account(s).
- George K. Baum & Company can sell your securities or assets without contacting you first.
- You are not entitled to choose which securities or other assets in your account(s) are liquidated or sold to meet a margin call.
- George K. Baum & Company can increase its "house" maintenance margin requirements at any time and is not required to provide you advance written or other notice.
- You are not entitled to an extension of time on a margin call.
2. Call or other features may exist which could affect yield. Information concerning the factors that affect yield (including estimated yield, weighted average life and the prepayment assumptions underlying yield) will be provided upon written request. The actual yield of certain fixed income securities (including but not limited to collateralized mortgage obligations) may vary according to the rate at which the underlying receivables or other financial assets are prepaid.
3. No periodic payments - callable below maturity value without notice by mail to holder unless registered.
4. Mutual Fund Trades may be eligible for breakpoint discounts based on the size of your purchase, current holdings or future purchases. Please provide all relevant information in these regards. The sales charge you paid may differ slightly from the Prospectus disclosed rate due to rounding calculations. Please refer to the Prospectus, Statement for Additional Information or contact your financial advisor for further information.
5. Important Notice to Purchaser: (1) the official statement ("OS") for this municipal security (if required) is available, free of charge, through the "EMMA" portal on the MSRB's website, http://emma.msrb.org/; EMMA can be searched in these regards, for example, by using the CUSIP of this municipal security that is included on the front of this trade confirmation; and (2) a written/printed copy of such OS (if required) will be provided to the purchaser upon request (any request for a written/printed copy of an OS should be directed to the firm's OS request line: toll-free telephone number 800-722-1670).
6. Non-Traditional Exchange Traded Products (ETPs), which include Exchange Traded Funds and Notes, are speculative trading vehicles that are complex and volatile due to the use of leverage and other complicated investment strategies. These products typically do not effectively track the underlying index over an extended period of time due to market volatility and daily or monthly reset periods. As a result, it is important that you monitor these products daily within your account.
7. IRS regulations require that cost basis on certain securities acquired and sold on or after January 1, 2011, be reported on your annual form 1099. The default method for tracking cost basis will be FIFO (first in, first out) unless you specify otherwise in writing before the settlement date of your trade. For other methods available to you and for further information, please read the IRS guidance at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/PDF/2010-25504.PDF
8. George K. Baum & Company is registered with the MSRB, (www.msrb.org), the SEC, (www.sec.gov) and FINRA (www.finra.org). There is a brochure on the MSRB website that describes the protections available under MSRB rules and how to file a complaint with a financial regulatory authority.
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Notify us immediately if this confirmation is not correct.
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