Canadian securities regulators require members to ensure “best execution“ for client orders. Under the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Dealer Member Rule 3300, best execution is defined as “obtaining the most advantageous execution terms reasonably available under the circumstances.”
iA Private Wealth Inc. is committed to always acting in the best interests of its clients and ensuring reasonable steps are taken to provide best execution on all client orders.
When determining how an order can achieve the best possible execution in accordance with client instructions, iA Private Wealth considers the following factors:
All client orders are valid from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. EST unless otherwise specified by the client. Orders received prior to 9:30 a.m. EST will be routed and booked to the pre-opening of the principal listed marketplace of the particular security. If specifically instructed by the client, orders may be entered on a marketplace which operates prior to 9:30 a.m. EST.
Orders received after 4:00 p.m. EST will be held until the next business day and will be routed and booked to the pre-opening of the principal listed marketplace of the particular security. If specifically instructed by the client, orders may be entered to the after-hours trading of a marketplace where this feature is available. All unfilled day orders will expire on the market at 4:00 p.m. EST or at the time the after-hours trading session will cease on the respective marketplace.
Special terms orders are those with specific terms which are not executable in the regular marketplace. These orders will only post to the special terms market of the principal listed marketplace, unless they are immediately executable on an alternative marketplace at the time of entry.
iA Private Wealth is a member of all protected and visible marketplaces in Canada and is required to ensure that orders are executed at the best available price on all protected marketplaces. iA Private Wealth is also a member of dark trading facilities and unprotected marketplaces which enables iA Private Wealth to route to these venues in order to help it achieve best execution for client orders.
Transactions executed on non-Canadian marketplaces are handled and routed to an external counterparty. In all circumstances, these orders are required to be executed in accordance with securities rules and regulations in the corresponding jurisdiction. It is possible that the executing broker may rely on different best execution criteria and use their own trading systems and tools, including and not limited to electronic or algorithmic trading systems that iA Private Wealth does not control.
iA Private Wealth uses third party “smart order routing” (SOR) technologies to ensure best available price and most favourable execution are obtained for client orders. The iA Private Wealth SOR typically employs the spray or slice strategy which are designed to prioritize execution time and price discovery respectively. The SOR strategies are managed by iA Private Wealth and are subject to best execution policies and procedures.
iA Private Wealth does not receive payment for order flow from any venue to which the firm routes its client orders in listed securities. iA Private Wealth may pay fees and receive rebates from various marketplaces for passive or active order flow in accordance with the marketplace’s fee schedule. iA Private Wealth will not pass along any fees or rebates associated with order execution directly to clients.
In order to achieve best execution, iA Private Wealth relies on the third-party vendor systems and data and marketplace systems. In the ordinary course of business, all third parties and the systems they provide can be subject to various failures. When these failures occur, iA Private Wealth policies are exposed to compromise and failures are immediately reported to Compliance.
When notified of a technical or systemic problem, the iA Private Wealth trading desk will immediately verify that the systemic problem is not internal to iA Private Wealth. If another market participant is isolated as the source of a potential problem, Compliance will take steps to ascertain if best execution is compromised and client executions are affected. When dealing with a marketplace that is experiencing technical difficulties, iA Private Wealth may rely on self-help in these particular circumstances. If self-help is invoked, the affected marketplace may be removed from the iA Private Wealth SOR system until it has been determined there are reasonable grounds to believe that the identified issues have been resolved.
An order executed on one or more marketplaces may be reported to the client with the following disclosure: "Traded on one or more marketplaces of markets, may be an average price; details available upon request". This disclosure will be made on the client’s trade confirmation.
iA Private Wealth is committed to providing clients’ orders in over-the-counter securities at the most favourable terms available under prevailing market conditions. iA Private Wealth fixed income desk acts as principal and facilitates all client transactions. iA Private Wealth is required to make “reasonable efforts” to provide a fair price for each client order including any markup or markdown, commission and service charges. Markup/markdown charges are the amount added/subtracted from the price of the security. Transactions and prices are reviewed and verified as being “within context of the market”.
The iA Private Wealth trading review committee meets on a minimum, annual, or ad hoc basis when necessary. The purpose of the committee is to ensure the ongoing integrity of iA Private Wealth trading policies, procedures and rules. The marketplace landscape and regulatory environment are re-evaluated in order to ensure iA Private Wealth best execution policy and procedures remain up to date. Trading technology is also reviewed to ensure client orders receive optimal order execution.