The policies below include:
1. Order Execution Policy (formerly Best Execution Policy)
2. Management of conflicts of interest
3. Complaints policy
4. Client money notice
5. Stewardship Code
1. ORDER EXECUTION POLICY (formerly Best Execution Policy)
The EU Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (‘MiFID’) and corresponding rules of the Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’) require that investment firms establish an Order Execution Policy and take all sufficient steps to obtain the best possible results for their Clients when executing a Client Order.
This policy outlines all of the sufficient steps taken by Rowan Dartington (‘RD’ or ‘we’ or ‘us’) to ensure that ‘best execution’ is achieved – that is obtaining the best possible results for you when undertaking transactions on your behalf.
We will take steps to achieve the best execution of client orders, subject to different factors which are dependent on the financial instrument and the type of market on which the order is executed.
Our Clients are classified as Retail Clients unless they opt-up to either Professional or Eligible Counterparty status, but regardless of classification we will treat all Clients the same for the purposes of achieving best execution, or getting the best possible result for you when carrying out trades. We always aim to achieve best execution on a consistent basis as outlined in this Order Execution Policy.
 The definitions of Professional and Eligible Counterparties can be found in the FCA Handbook
When dealing for you we will consider the following:-
- Your characteristics (including your regulatory Client categorisation as mentioned above)
- The characteristics of the financial instrument concerned and of your order
- Where such orders can be carried out (i.e. the ‘execution venues’).
In assessing the most appropriate route to carry out your order we will consider the following criteria which we have ranked in order of importance:
*FX – A stand-alone foreign exchange transaction
**OTC – Any security which needs to be traded bilaterally with a counterparty, but not conducted over an exchange.
|Best Execution Criteria||Rank|
Exposure to different financial assets can be achieved directly, by purchasing the actual securities, or indirectly, by purchasing a collective investment of these securities. The venue and method chosen will be dependent upon which of the routes is chosen.
When dealing in a financial instrument on your behalf, we will exercise our discretion in assessing the criteria that we need to take into account to achieve best execution. The relative importance of these criteria will be judged on an order-by-order basis, in line with our commercial experience and with reference to market conditions. In executing orders for Clients, in the absence of any specific instructions, we generally give precedence to the factors that allow us to deliver the best possible results in terms of value (total cost) to the Client.
If you are a Retail Client, the best possible result will normally be determined in terms of the total consideration, being the price of the instrument and the costs of the transaction. However, there may be circumstances in which this is not the primary consideration. Where the instrument is illiquid or the size of the order unusual relative to the normal, then other factors may take precedence, although we will also have to use our judgement in assessing whether particular trading strategies may move the market (incur implicit costs). Alternatively, we may have to execute the order over the course of a number of days in order to complete it. Likewise, the characteristics of an order may require us to transmit an order to a counterparty to execute on our behalf, rather than dealing direct with that counterparty (for example, orders in securities traded on overseas markets).
For each instrument we execute on behalf of Clients, it is our policy on an ongoing basis to consider the variety of trading venues or sources of liquidity available from time to time. This enables us to obtain on a consistent basis the best possible result for the execution of transactions. In satisfying this policy, we may consider the use of one or more of the following venue types:
- Regulated Markets (e.g. London Stock Exchange or overseas equivalent)
- Multilateral Trading Facilities (e.g. Non-Exchange Financial Trading Venues)
- Systematic Internalisers (e.g. Market Makers)
- Third party investment firms and/or affiliates acting as Market Maker or other liquidity providers
- Non-EU entities performing similar functions
We regularly assess the execution venues available and may add or delete venues in accordance with our obligation to provide you with the best possible execution result on a consistent basis. An up to date list of significant execution venues is attached in Appendix 1. Where we believe that best execution can be achieved on behalf of the Client outside of Regulated Markets or Multilateral Trading Facilities, it is our policy to do so. By agreeing to the Order Execution Policy and our terms and conditions, you are giving your express consent to this requirement.
In certain financial instruments there may only be one execution venue. In executing a trade in such circumstances we will presume that we have provided the best possible result in this respect for these types of instruments.
Rowan Dartington is committed to prompt and fair treatment of all Clients’ orders. Having assessed the relevant criteria and any specific instructions provided by you, we will select the most appropriate venue(s) from those available and execute your order accordingly.
Where you give us specific instructions regarding the execution of an order, or part of an order, we are obliged to execute the order in accordance with those instructions, even though this may prevent us from applying the principles stated in this policy.
Typically we will deal ‘at best’, using prices at the prevailing price in the market. However, if you give us an investment instruction at a specified price limit and for a specified size (a ‘limit order’), then it may not always be possible to execute that order under the prevailing market conditions. If we receive clear instructions from you as to how to execute your order, we will not pay regard to any of the execution factors we would usually consider. We would be required to make your order public (i.e. show the order to the market) unless you agree that we need not do so. We believe it is in your best interests if we exercise our discretion as to whether or not we make your order public. By agreeing to the Order Execution Policy you agree to us not making your orders public, unless we consider it is your best interests for us to do so.
We may combine (or ‘aggregate’) an order for our Clients with orders of other Clients. We would only aggregate a client order if it was unlikely to work to the overall disadvantage of the Client. However, the effect of aggregation may on some occasions work to the Clients’ disadvantage and may on occasions result in our Clients obtaining a less favourable price than if their order was executed separately.
If an order has been aggregated, but not been allocated in full, then generally the distribution of assets will be allocated on a proportionate basis. In these circumstances, it may be more costly to the Client as we have to fulfil the order over several transactions, each subject to our minimum charges.
Review and Monitoring
We will review our execution arrangements and venues on at least an annual basis or whenever a material change occurs that affects our ability to obtain the best possible result for our Client orders. We will inform you of any material changes to our execution arrangements or our Execution Policy. We will also periodically monitor the quality of our execution against the factors detailed in this Policy to identify and, where appropriate, enhance our arrangements.
RD will actively monitor compliance with the Order Execution Policy and annually review the Order Execution Policy against the FCA’s rules and guidance annually, and ad-hoc, driven by regulatory requirements/changes.
RD operates on the basis that all Retail Clients would be legitimately relying on the firm to deliver best execution for all transactions, regardless of how they arise.
By signing or agreeing to the declaration in the account opening form, you (or your authorised intermediary) consent to our Order Execution Policy including those sections that require your prior express consent.
Please note that if you do not provide your consent to our Order Execution Policy you may be limiting our ability to execute your orders on the most advantageous terms for you. Accordingly, if you do not consent to this Order Execution Policy we will be unable to open an account for you.
From 2018, Rowan Dartington will publish execution quality information on its top 5 execution venues and brokers.
Execution Venues and Counterparties
|Instrument||Main Venues Used||
(N.B. these lists are not exhaustive)
|UK Stocks and Shares/Warrants||London Stock Exchange, ISDX/PLUS and approved member firms of these venues. We may also use Multilateral Trading Facilities and Dark Pools.||Winterfloods, Peel Hunt, Knight Securities, Investec Bank, Numis Securities, Cenkos, Canaccord, Shore Capital, Singer Capital, Thomas Grant.|
|Foreign Stocks, Warrants and Depositary Receipts||Regulated exchanges||Knight Securities, Winterfloods, Peel Hunt, Cannacord, Nomura, ICAP, Kaupthing, C Hoare & Co , Liberum Capital.|
|Investment Trusts||London Stock Exchange||Cantor Fitzgerald, Panmure Gordon, Winterfloods, Collins Stewart, Cenkos, Cannacord Adams, Invesco, Investec, Numis Securities.|
|Fixed Interest/Bonds (non-UK Government and Corporate)||Major liquidity providers and brokers||Winterfloods GILTS, Bridport, BNP Paribas, Barclays, Investec, Morgan Stanley, Peel Hunt, Rabobank, UBS, Societe Generale, Numis Securities.|
|Unit Trusts/Exchange Traded Fund’s (ETF’s)||Managers of the funds, Cofunds or regulated markets for exchange traded funds.|
|UK Treasury Bonds||London Stock Exchange||Winterflood GILTS, Cantor Fitzgerald|