The following Terms & Conditions shall replace any prior or existing agreement between the parties, or previously issued terms & conditions, and shall apply to any existing arrangements currently operating between the parties. By executing an Account Application and/or undertaking any transaction with TorFX Pty Ltd ABN 27 103 142 829 AFSL 246838 (“TorFX”) you hereby agree to be bound by the following Terms & Conditions (as amended from time to time).
The Client wishes to transact with TorFX in foreign exchange contracts in accordance with the Client’s instructions from time to time, and in accordance with the terms and conditions contained herein.
2. DEFINITIONS AND INTERPRETATION
- In these Terms & Conditions unless a different intention is expressed, the following terms (as subsequently modified by amended legislation or regulation) shall mean:
“account” means the account of the Client dealing in the Foreign Exchange Contracts issued by TorFX, which is established in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Terms & Conditions.
“Advance Payment” means a part payment of the final amount due on settlement in such sum as TorFX deems necessary to cover its Settlement Risk.
“agent” means a legal entity undertaking a transaction or function on behalf of another legal entity but in its own name;
"Terms & Conditions" means this Account Application, these terms & conditions and any other documents annexed or incorporated by reference;
“Authorised Person” means a person authorised to bind the Client under these Terms & Conditions;
"Business Day" means a day on which trading banks in Sydney, Australia are open for business;
“Close Out” means cancelling the transaction and selling back the currency we have bought for you when you entered into the transaction;
“Contract” means any contract whether verbal or written, for the purchase or sale of a Foreign Exchange Contract, entered into by the Client;
“Exchange Rate” means the price of one currency in terms of another currency;
“Foreign Exchange Contract” is a transaction that involves a contract for the exchange of one currency for another at an agreed Exchange Rate;
“Settlement Date” means the date on which the funds that are being exchanged must be received by us;
“Trust” means where the Client is a trust, the trust identified in the Client Details Form;
- “Trust Deed” means where the Client is a trust, the trust deed governing the Trust as varied, substituted, supplemented or resettled from time to time.
- The singular includes the plural and vice versa.
- If there is any conflict between the terms of these Terms & Conditions and the relevant operating rules, the operating rules shall prevail.
- Any reference in these Terms & Conditions to any law, statute, regulation or enactment shall include references to any statutory modification or re-enactment thereof or to any regulation or order made under such law, statute or enactment (or under such modification or re-enactment).
3. CLIENT REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES
The Client represents and warrants to TorFX that:
- these Terms & Conditions constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of the Client;
- the Client will not enter into a Foreign Exchange Contract as or by way of a wager and that all orders to be placed and all trading to be conducted under these Terms & Conditions are lawful;
- in executing and giving effect to these Terms & Conditions, the Client does not and will not infringe any provision of any other document or agreement to which the Client is a party, nor any law or judgment/order binding upon it;
- where the Client is more than one person, that all decisions made, and instructions issued, pursuant to these Terms & Conditions, are made on a fully informed and agreed basis by all the parties to the account;
- all information supplied to TorFX by the Client is, or at the time it is supplied will be, accurate in all material respects and the Client will not omit or withhold any information which would make such information inaccurate in any material respect;
- the Client shall, where so required, provide to TorFX a valid and binding guarantee and indemnity in favour of TorFX as a precondition of entering into these Terms & Conditions;
- the Client will provide to TorFX on request such information regarding its financial and business affairs and/or identity, as TorFX may reasonably require;
- in executing these Terms & Conditions, the Client will appoint TorFX as its agent for the purpose of dealing in Foreign Exchange Contracts in accordance with the terms of these Terms & Conditions;
- the Client and TorFX are bound by the applicable financial services laws and regulations (as modified from time to time);
- the Client will take all reasonable steps to obtain and communicate to TorFX all information, and shall deliver or cause to be delivered to TorFX all documents with respect to dealings in the Foreign Exchange Contracts which are requested by any person having the right to request such documents and information. The Client authorises TorFX to pass on/deliver all such information and documents to any such person.
- the Client is not insolvent, and if the Client is a corporate client, no resolution has been passed and no petition has been presented or order made for the Client’s winding up or liquidation or the appointment of a receiver or a receiver and manager or an administrator of other insolvency official to the Client or any of its assets;
- TorFX relies on representations and warranties made by the Client. These representations and warranties and those contained elsewhere in these Terms & Conditions, survive the entering into of these Terms & Conditions and are repeated in respect of each Foreign Exchange Contract.
4. CAPACITY TO ENTER INTO THESE TERMS & CONDITIONS
The Client represents and warrants to TorFX that:
- the Client is duly organised and validly existing (or, if an individual, is of legal age and is under no legal disability or incapacity) and has full power and authority to enter into, and has taken all necessary steps to enable it lawfully to enter into, these Terms & Conditions and the transactions contemplated by it, and perform its obligations it;
- the person executing these Terms & Conditions has full power and authority to execute the Agreement on behalf of the Client, and bind the entity (whether individual, company, partnership or otherwise);
- the Client has been properly categorised as a retail or wholesale client pursuant to the Corporations Act 2001 (Cwth), and accurately advised TorFX of its status as such;
- where the Client is a Trustee (including the trustee of a superannuation fund)
- the Trust has been duly constituted, is valid and complies with all applicable laws;
- the Trust Deed has been executed and stamped, in accordance with the laws of the relevant State or Territory of Australia;
- the Client is the only Trustee of the Trust;
- the property of the Trust has not been resettled, set aside or transferred to any other trust or settlement and the Trust Deed has not been terminated and the date or any event for the vesting of the Trust’s property has not occurred;
- the Trust Deed specifically empowers and authorises dealings in Foreign Exchange Contracts, and such dealings are within the authorised ambit of the Trust’s investment strategy,
- all obligations under, and transactions contemplated by, these Terms & Conditions constitute binding obligations and are lawfully enforceable against the Trust and its property in accordance with their terms;
- it has an unrestricted right to be fully indemnified or exonerated out of the Trust’s property in respect of any losses or liabilities incurred by it in its dealings with TorFX, and the Trust’s property is sufficient to satisfy that right of indemnity or exoneration;
- it has complied with its obligations in connection with the Trust;
- there is no conflict of interest on the Client’s part in entering into these Terms & Conditions and performing its obligations under it or the transactions contemplated by it; and
- if the Client is a superannuation fund, it complies with all requirements outlined in the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act (1993).
- where the Client is an investment manager or a Responsible Entity, the investment management agreement or constitution specifically empowers and authorises dealings in the Foreign Exchange Contracts, by the Client and on behalf of their underlying clients; and
- such dealings are within the authorised ambit of the/each underlying client’s investment strategy;
- it will enter into transactions pursuant to the applicable investment management agreement as investment manager or Responsible Entity and not otherwise;
- it will only deal in Foreign Exchange Contracts when the funds or other assets under its control are sufficient to meet the obligations which arise in connection with such dealing;
- in the event of termination of the Client’s appointment as investment manager or Responsible Entity of the Client, it is authorised to arrange for closing out of all contracts entered into on behalf of the Client prior to the date of such termination as soon as possible; and
- repeats each of these representations and warranties in relation to both itself and its underlying clients.
5. ACCOUNT ESTABLISHMENT
- TorFX agrees to establish an account in the name of the Client, who is the person named as the holder of the account.
- Where the Client is more than one person, the account shall be established in their names as joint tenants unless they specifically advise otherwise (in which case it shall be established in their names as joint tenants). In any case, the parties to such joint account shall each be jointly (together) and severally (individually) liable.
- No one except the Client has an interest in the Client’s account with TorFX opened for the purposes of these Terms & Conditions.
6. SEGREGATED ACCOUNTS
The Client agrees and acknowledges that:
- All money and property deposited by the Client with TorFX, or received by TorFX on behalf of the Client, shall be deposited to the Client’s account and will initially be paid into a client segregated bank account established and maintained by TorFX and invested in accordance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements;
- Such segregation of the Client’s money and property does not protect the Client’s money and property from the risk of loss;
- Whilst the Client’s money and property is segregated from TorFX’s money and property, it may be co-mingled with the money and property of other TorFX clients, and utilised as free and clear collateral by TorFX from time to time in respect of open positions. Such monies and property shall accordingly be treated as the legal and beneficial property of TorFX, subject to an obligation by TorFX to transfer equivalent back to Client in accordance with their transaction rights under these Terms and Conditions;
- TorFX shall be entitled to retain any interest earned on such segregated money or property held or invested by TorFX;
- If the Client does not provide TorFX with a tax file number or details of exemption, TorFX shall be legally obliged to deduct tax from interest payments at the highest marginal rate plus medicare levy;
- TorFX may use the funds in the client segregated account to manage TorFX’s dealings with its counterparties with respect to client positions. The Client acknowledges that this serves as sufficient written authorisation for TorFX to withdraw without notice to, or further authorisation from, the Client any money or property deposited into the segregated account to be used by TorFX for this purpose. The Client has no interest in or claim over TorFX’s contracts (if any) with any other person or in the accounts into which TorFX lodges or pays the funds which were withdrawn from the segregated accounts. The Client acknowledges that the balance of the Client’s account may not be protected if there is a default in the dealings with counterparties or in the overall segregated account balance; and
7. RISK DISCLOSURES
7.1 The Client represents and warrants to TorFX that:
- they have received, read and understood the Financial Services Guide and Product Disclosure Statement;
- the Client acknowledges, recognises and understands that trading in Foreign Exchange Contracts may involve a degree of risk and loss, depending on the nature and purpose of the Contracts transacted, and is appropriate only for persons who can assume risk of such loss;
- the Client has read these Terms & Conditions and understands that, UNLESS SPECIFICALLY AGREED WITH TorFX AND UNLESS A STATEMENT OF ADVICE HAS BEEN PROVIDED, TorFX has only provided general advice, and the Client has considered its objectives and financial situation and has obtained appropriate independent advice prior to entering into these Terms & Conditions, and has formed the opinion that dealing in the Foreign Exchange Contracts is suitable for the Client’s needs and purposes;
- the Client has taken such independent legal and financial advice as the Client considers necessary prior to executing these Terms & Conditions; and
- the Client is willing and able, financially and otherwise, to assume the risk of trading in Foreign Exchange Contracts.
7.2 The Client acknowledges that neither TorFX nor any associated entity guarantees the performance of any given Foreign Exchange Contract or account nor that any Foreign Exchange Contract or account will achieve a particular rate.
8. CLIENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
- Dealings in Foreign Exchange Contracts create an obligation to settle such transactions by the Settlement Date in cleared funds;
- All dealings executed on behalf of the Client pursuant to these Terms & Conditions shall be at the absolute discretion of TorFX. In particular, TorFX shall be entitled to take any action it considers necessary in its absolute discretion to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulatory decisions;
- TorFX acts as principal in respect of the Foreign Exchange Contracts traded by TorFX with the Client;
- The Client has been made specifically aware that in certain markets, TorFX may act as a market maker and when so acting under normal market circumstances quote the Client bid and ask prices. TorFX will only disclose that it is acting as a market maker in response to a written request from the Client to make such disclosure. The Client accepts that in such markets, TorFX may hold positions that are contrary to the position of Clients resulting in potential conflicts of interest;
- Subject to applicable legal/regulatory requirements, the Client consents where TorFX either knowingly or unknowingly takes the opposite side to the Client in relation to any of the Foreign Exchange Contracts;
- Subject to applicable legal/regulatory requirements, the Client agrees and acknowledges that TorFX’s directors, employees and associates may and can deal on their own account;
- TorFX reserves the right, at its sole discretion and without explanation, to refuse to deal on behalf of the Client in relation to any Foreign Exchange Contract (other than closing out existing open positions held in TorFX’s account on behalf of the Client) or to limit the number of Contracts entered for the Client. TorFX will inform the Client of any refusal before or as soon as practicable after such refusal;
- There are risks associated with utilising an Internet-based deal execution trading system which include, but are not limited to, the failure of hardware, software, and Internet connection. Since TorFX does not control signal power, its reception or routing via Internet, configuration of your equipment or reliability of its connection, TorFX will not be responsible for communication failures, distortions or delays when trading via the Internet;
- Transaction confirmations provided to Clients, unless otherwise objected to within 24 hours after communication to the Client, shall be deemed proof of the accuracy of such contents and their execution in accordance with these Terms & Conditions;
- A notice issued by an authorised officer or agent of TorFX stating the amount of money due and payable by the Client shall be taken as final evidence thereof in the absence of manifest error;
- All determinations and calculations made by TorFX under these Terms & Conditions will be binding on the Client in the absence of manifest error;
- TorFX is entitled, in its reasonable opinion, to determine that an emergency of an exceptional market condition exists. In such cases TorFX may increase its Advance Payment requirements, close any or all of the Client’s open Contracts, to the extent that the condition makes it impossible or impracticable for TorFX to comply with the Contract in question.
- Anything TorFX is permitted to do in accordance with these Terms & Conditions may be done in its absolute discretion, and any opinion or view required to be formed by TorFX may be formed in its absolute discretion; and
9. TorFX REPRESENTATIONS & SERVICES
- TorFX seeks to act honestly, exercise due care and diligence and act in the Client’s best interests at all times. TorFX will give priority to Client interests and undertakes that it will not misuse Client information. TorFX will use reasonable endeavours to execute or arrange the execution of the Client’s instructions.
- Unless otherwise expressly agreed, TorFX will provide services on an execution only basis in accordance with the Client’s instructions, and will not provide advice to the Client regarding the merits of a transaction. The Client is hereby prohibited from treating any remark made by a TorFX representative regarding the market, transaction or forecast as advice.
- Any transaction or market information or research provided by TorFX to the Client is provided as general information only, and does not constitute and cannot be relied upon as a recommendation to trade. TorFX makes no representation, warranty or guarantee, and accepts no liability for, the accuracy or completeness of any such information, and the Client relies on such at its sole risk.
10. ON-LINE TRADING FACILITY
- The Client acknowledges that it has read, understood and agreed to the terms and conditions associated with dealing via our on-line trading facility as set out in these Terms & Conditions.
- TorFX may amend any of the terms of these Terms & Conditions and by continuing to deal with TorFX or to access or use the on-line trading facility, the Client agrees to any amendments.
- TorFX shall permit the Client electronically to monitor the activity and positions in its account by providing an on-line trading facility. The on-line trading facility may be a proprietary service offered by TorFX or a third party system.
- The Client agrees to use the on-line trading facility software solely for its internal business or investment purposes.
- The Client agrees that it shall not distribute the platform to any third party.
- The on-line trading facility provided by TorFX may be used to transmit, receive and confirm the execution of orders. Regardless of any on-line confirmation received upon placement of an instruction via the on-line trading facility, such transaction is not confirmed by TorFX until TorFX provides confirmation.
- TorFX consents to the Client’s access and use in reliance upon the Client having adopted procedures to prevent unauthorised access to and use of the on-line trading facility , in any event, the Client agrees to any financial liability for trades executed through the on-line trading facility .
- The Client may send and receive email messages and otherwise use the on-line trading facility as permitted in accordance with these Terms & Conditions, our policies and any applicable laws.
- TorFX reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to institute or change any policies at any time relating to the use of the on-line trading facility.
- The on-line trading facility is provided on an “as–is” basis and TorFX makes no express or implied representations or warranties to the Client regarding its operation or usability.
- TorFX makes no representations or warranties regarding any services provided by any third party.
- The on-line trading facility may be available in several versions, which may be differentiated in various aspects including, but not limited to the level of security applied, products and services available etc. TorFX shall not be liable to the Client for any loss, expense, cost or liability suffered or incurred by the Client due to the Client using a version different from the standard version with all available updates installed.
- TorFX may offer real-time tradeable prices to the Client. Due to delayed transmission between the Client and TorFX the price offered may have changed before an order from the Client is received by TorFX. If automatic order execution is offered to the Client, TorFX shall be entitled to change the price on which the Client’s order is executed to the market value at the time which the order from the Client was received.
- TorFX does not warrant that access to or use of the on-line trading facility will be uninterrupted or error-free, or that the service will meet any particular criteria with respect to its performance or quality. TorFX expressly disclaims all implied warranties, including without limitation warranties of merchantability, title, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security or accuracy.
- Under no circumstances, including negligence, will TorFX, its employees and/or service providers be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages including, without limitation, business interruption or loss of profits, that may result from the use of or inability to use the on-line trading facility. Where liability cannot be excluded, TorFX’s liability shall be limited to an amount equal to the amount of fees paid to TorFX by the Client for use of the on-line trading facility.
- The Client agrees not to hold TorFX and any of its service providers (for whom it acts as agent in this regard) liable for any form of damage arising as a result of the unavailability of the on-line trading facility.
The Client agrees that the use of the on-line trading facility is at the Client’s risk and the Client assumes full responsibility for any losses resulting from the use of or materials obtained via the on-line trading facility.
- TorFX, its directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, affiliates, third party vendors, information providers, and other suppliers providing information or data services do not warrant that the on-line trading facility will be uninterrupted or error free nor do we or they make any warranty as to the timeliness, sequence, accuracy, completeness, reliability or content of any information, service or transaction provided through the use of the on-line trading facility or the results obtained from its use.
- TorFX and its service providers will not accept any form of liability including any loss or damage to the Client or to any other person for:
- any inaccuracies, errors or delays or omissions of any data, information or message or transmission or delivery of any such data, information or message;
- interruptions in data, information or message transmission, due to any negligent act or omission, including any “force majeure” event or any other cause, whether or not within TorFX’s control;
- Force majeure events include amongst other things, floods, extraordinary weather conditions, earthquakes, acts of God, fire, war, riot, labour disputes, accidents, actions of any government, communications or power failure, equipment or software malfunction.
- The use and storage of any information provided or made available to the Client through the use of the on-line trading facility is for the use of the Client and is the Client’s sole risk and responsibility.
- The Client is responsible for providing and maintaining the communications equipment and telephone or alternative services required for accessing and using the on-line trading facility, and for all communications service fees and charges incurred by the Client in accessing the on-line trading facility.
- TorFX may at any time at its sole discretion terminate or restrict any Client’s access to the on-line trading facility at any time. Should TorFX terminate these Terms & Conditions or access to the trading platform the Client will be liable for all fees charges and obligations incurred under these Terms & Conditions prior to termination.
- The Client acknowledges that from time to time, and for any reason, the on-line trading facility may not be operational or otherwise available for the Client’s use due to servicing, hardware malfunction, software defect, service or transmission interruption or other cause.
- The Client’s failure to observe any of the undertakings or representations may result in civil or criminal liability, as well as termination of the use of the on-line trading facility.
- The Client acknowledges that the Client has alternative arrangements in place at all times, for the transmission and execution of orders, if for any reason, circumstances prevent the transmission and execution of all, or any portion of, the Client’s orders through the on-line trading facility. In the event the on-line trading facility not being operational, the Client agrees to contact TorFX to make alternative order entry arrangements. Such arrangements may be in the form of telephone, or as otherwise agreed.
- The Client may not under any circumstance use the on-line trading facility to do any of the following:
- publish, post, distribute or disseminate defamatory, infringing, obscene or other unlawful or offensive material or information;
- intercept or attempt to intercept any email correspondence;
- use the on-line trading facility in any manner that may adversely affect its availability or its resources to other users;
- send correspondence electronically or otherwise to other users for any purpose other than personal communication; or
- act, or fail to act in a manner which may result in the violation of any laws or regulations.
11. AUTHORISATIONS AND INSTRUCTIONS
- The Client hereby authorises TorFX to trade in the Foreign Exchange Contracts pursuant to their instructions, or otherwise in accordance with TorFX’ rights elsewhere under these Terms & Conditions.
- The Client may communicate their instructions to TorFX via the on-line trading facility, by email or by telephone. Faxed orders will not be accepted unless pursuant to a prior agreed arrangement between TorFX and Client.
- In consideration of TorFX agreeing to accept telephone, email or faxed instructions from the Client, Client acknowledges that TorFX is not obliged to accept/implement such instructions, and will not be liable to the Client or any other party should such instructions be unauthorised, forged or fraudulently given.
- The Client may authorise any other person (the Authorised Signatory) to give instructions on its behalf and TorFX is entitled to act upon instructions which are or appear to be from the Client or any Authorised Signatory thereof. It is the Client’s sole responsibility to notify TorFX in writing immediately if there is any change to the Authorised Signatory list provided.
- The Client shall be responsible for all orders, and for the accuracy of information, sent via the internet using the Client’s name, password or any other personal identification means implemented to identify the Client.
- TorFX may, in its sole discretion and without explanation, refuse to act upon any instruction.
- If the Client is more than one person, TorFX may act upon instructions received from any one person who is, or appears to TorFX to be, such a person, whether or not such person is an Authorised Person.
- The Client may authorise any other person (Authorised Person) to give instructions (via the agreed methods) on its behalf and TorFX is entitled to act upon instructions which are or appear to be from the Client or any Authorised Person. It is the Client’s responsibility to notify TorFX in writing immediately if there is any change to the Authorised Person list provided pursuant to these Terms & Conditions;
- Persons may only be appointed as Authorised Persons where they are an employee or director of a corporate Client, they are a family member appointed to act in the temporary absence of an individual Client, or where they are or act for an Australian Financial Services Licensee with respect to the relevant activities.
- TorFX is under no obligation to accept any instruction that is not made by an Authorised Person or to enquire as to the identity of any person providing the instruction if it reasonably believes the person is an Authorised Person.
- Should TorFX receive any instruction that it reasonably assumes was from an Authorised Person, TorFX will not be liable for any properly performed action or omission by TorFX in reliance on that instruction.
- TorFX shall not be liable for any act or omission by TorFX in reliance on any instruction given or action taken by any person acting or purporting to act on behalf of the Client who is not listed as an Authorised Person.
- The Client is obliged to keep all passwords secret and ensure that third parties do not obtain access to the Client’s trading facilities;
- Mere transmission of an instruction by the Client shall not constitute a binding contract with TorFX until confirmed by TorFX via the trade confirmation;
- The Client has appointed TorFX as its agent for the purposes set out in these Terms & Conditions and conferred upon TorFX authority to do, or omit to do, all things reasonably necessary to perform its functions and all things reasonably incidental to the performance of its functions;
- The Client shall promptly provide any instructions to TorFX, which TorFX may require. If the Client does not provide such instructions promptly TorFX may, in its absolute discretion, take such steps at the Client’s cost, as TorFX considers necessary or desirable for its own protection or the protection of the Client. This provision also applies in situations when TorFX is unable to contact with the Client; and
- In general, TorFX shall act according to instructions as soon as practically possible and shall, as far as trading instructions are concerned, act within a time frame reasonable seen in the context of the nature of the instruction. However, if after instructions are received, TorFX believes that it is not reasonable practicable to act upon such instructions within a reasonable time, TorFX may defer acting upon those instructions until it is, in TorFX’s reasonable opinion, practicable to do so or notify the Client that TorFX is refusing to act upon such instructions.
11.2 Authorisations and Instructions provided via the on-line trading facility
- TorFX will not be deemed to have any order or communication electronically transmitted by the Client until TorFX has actual knowledge of any such order or communication. The mere transmission of an instruction by the Client shall not constitute a binding contract between TorFX and the Client. The terms of any order or communication electronically transmitted to the Client may be subject to change or correction. Regardless of the fact that the on-line trading facility might confirm that a contract is executed immediately when the Client transmits instructions via the on-line trading facility, the confirmation forwarded by TorFX or made available on the on-line trading facility constitutes TorFX’s confirmation of a contract. Any instruction sent electronically shall only be deemed to have been received and shall only then constitute a valid instruction and/or binding contract between TorFX and the Client when such instruction has been recorded as executed by TorFX and confirmed by TorFX to the Client including through a trade confirmation and/or account statement.
- The Client acknowledges and warrants that it has received a password granting it access to the on-line trading facility; is the sole owner of the password provided; and accepts full responsibility for any transaction that may occur on an account opened, held or accessed through the use of the password provided to the Client by TorFX, even if such use may be unauthorised or wrongful. The Client agrees to accept full responsibility for the use of the on-line trading facility, for any orders transmitted through the on-line trading facility and for all communications and the accuracy of all information sent via the on-line trading facility using the Client’s name, password or any other personal identification means implemented to identify the Client.
- The Client warrants and agrees that any person who is in possession of any password is authorised by the Client, and the Client acknowledges that they will be responsible for any actions on their account associated with the use of its password.
- The Client agrees to notify TorFX immediately should the Client become aware of any unauthorised use, loss or theft of the Client’s, username, password or account numbers; or inaccurate information with respect to the content of statements including, cash balances, open positions or transaction history.
12. ENTERING INTO A FOREIGN EXCHANGE CONTRACT
- The Client may request on any given Business Day, via telephone or otherwise, TorFX to quote a price at which TorFX may be prepared to enter into a Foreign Exchange Contract. The Client acknowledges that a price quotation pursuant to this request does not constitute an offer to enter into a new or close an existing Foreign Exchange Contract.
- Upon receiving the quote from TorFX, the Client may via telephone or otherwise offer to enter into a Foreign Exchange Contract with TorFX at the price quoted by TorFX.
- TorFX is in no way obliged to accept the Client’s offer to enter into a Foreign Exchange Contract transaction and, without limitation, is not obliged to accept the Client’s offer to enter into a Foreign Exchange Contract, if the Client has exceeded or would exceed a predetermined limit imposed on the Client under these Terms & Conditions; or until TorFX has received from the Client the Advance Payment, in the form of cleared funds. TorFX will promptly advise the Client should TorFX decide not to accept a Client’s offer to enter into a Foreign Exchange Contract.
- The Advance Payment where required to enter into a Foreign Exchange Contract, if not already received from the Client, will be payable to TorFX upon acceptance by TorFX of the Client’s offer to enter into the Foreign Exchange Contract.
- Should TorFX accept the Client’s offer to enter into a Foreign Exchange Contract, TorFX will issue to the Client an electronic confirmation shortly after the Foreign Exchange Contract has been entered into. This confirmation will be in the form of a deal confirmation. Failure by TorFX to issue a deal confirmation will not prejudice or affect the relevant Foreign Exchange Contract. TorFX will not bear any liability whatsoever resulting from the failure to issue a deal confirmation.
- The Client agrees to examine the terms of each deal confirmation immediately upon receipt and the Client agrees that the contents of the deal confirmation, in the absence of manifest error, will be conclusive evidence of the executed deal, unless within 24 hours of issue of a deal confirmation the Client notifies TorFX of any disputed detail in the deal confirmation received by the Client. Upon receipt of written notice within the 24hour period of the disputed detail, TorFX will investigate the dispute and with the co-operation of the Client, will endeavour to resolve the dispute in good faith. Notwithstanding any such dispute, the Client will continue to satisfy any obligation to pay Advance Payments made by TorFX in respect of the transaction as if the deal confirmation was correct and its details were not the subject of dispute.
- In its absolute discretion, TorFX reserves the right to limit the value of Foreign Exchange Contracts the Client may have outstanding under these Terms & Conditions. Should the Client wish to enter into any further Foreign Exchange Contracts, the Client must seek and obtain approval from TorFX, which Stray may grant or refuse in its absolute discretion.
13. ADVANCE PAYMENTS
The Client agrees and acknowledges that:
- TorFX may advise the Client of the need to provide an initial or additional Advance Payment by way of the payment of money, in such amount as determined by TorFX in its sole discretion, feels is necessary to protect itself from the personal obligation incurred by dealing in the Foreign Exchange Contracts on behalf of the Client. Prior to entering into a Foreign Exchange Contract, TorFX may require the Client to deposit cleared funds. The amount required by TorFX and the time at which it is required will be at the absolute discretion of TorFX. TorFX is not obliged to permit any offset of any moneys so required by TorFX;
- TorFX reserves the right whenever it deems appropriate to raise or lower the Advance Payment or deposit requirements, which may apply to existing positions as well as to new positions. The Client will comply with and meet all such calls in accordance with the Agreement by depositing in cleared funds the sum requested within the time specified by TorFX. TorFX may determine the amount and time in its absolute discretion. Should TorFX require additional funds from the Client to cover market movements, the Client must pay the amount called by TorFX immediately upon being given notice by TorFX. In all respects, time shall be of the essence for all payment obligations of the Client;
- Should TorFX request an Advance Payment, the Client acknowledges and agrees that TorFX may refuse any request by the Client to enter into any further Foreign Exchange Contracts until TorFX has confirmed the receipt of the amount in the form of cleared funds;
- Any exercise by TorFX of any power or right under this clause shall be binding on the Client;
- Where the Client trades via the trading platform, it is the client’s sole responsibility to monitor and manage their open positions and exposures, and ensure Advance Payments are met as required;
- Where the Client has not checked the trading platform for Advance Payment notifications, and so has not met them in a timely manner, all relevant positions will be closed out by TorFX, without further reference to the Client;
- The Client is responsible to pay any deficit owing to TorFX after closure, and if the Client defaults or refuses such payment, TorFX may apply the proceeds of any assets held by TorFX against that deficit;
- Should the Client fail to meet an Advance Payment request, TorFX may without prejudice to any other rights or powers under these Terms & Conditions, and in its absolute discretion, close out, without notice, any or all of the Client’s Foreign Exchange Contracts or refuse any request by the Client to enter into any further contracts;
- No credit shall be extended directly or indirectly to the Client by TorFX, unless otherwise agreed in writing;
14. COMMISSIONS FEES AND EXPENSES
- The Client agrees to pay:
- All legal costs incurred by the Client associated with entering into these Terms & Conditions and all taxes and expenses incurred by the Client in connection with these Terms & Conditions;
- Any fees upon the execution of any requested Foreign Exchange Contract as are disclosed and agreed prior between TorFX and the Client, as well as an amount equal to any other fee charged or levied on TorFX, or other expense incurred by TorFX, arising from any action taken pursuant to these Terms & Conditions;
- Any stamp duty, duties and taxes (including GST) payable on or pursuant to these Terms & Conditions;
- All amounts incurred by TorFX as a result of the Client’s default under the terms of these Terms & Conditions, including without limitation, all reasonable legal costs on a solicitor/client basis;
- Interest, in respect of any unpaid amount due under these Terms & Conditions, at a rate of three per cent per annum above LIBOR (at a minimum of 10% per annum). Such interest shall accrue and be calculated daily from the date payment was due until the date the Client pays in full and shall be compounded monthly; and
- The Client authorises TorFX to appropriate, transfer, credit, apply or pay monies that may be received by TorFX or held by TorFX on the Client’s behalf in payment of any amounts which may be outstanding by the Client to TorFX in a transaction effected on the Client’s behalf.
- Where amounts are payable by one party to the other, netting principles shall apply to enable the party owing the larger amount to pay the excess only to the other party. Amounts may be converted into the same currency in accordance with these Terms & Conditions.
- TorFX may in its absolute discretion reduce or waive the minimum deposit amount, the minimum account balance or interest rates on debit balances, fees (including royalties or fees for third party services) or transaction charges, for individual clients or for classes of clients, for any length of time, with or without conditions, without notice.
- The Client acknowledges that should they enter into a Foreign Exchange Contract with TorFX, the Client must pay all transaction charges, fees, Advance Payments, settlements, interest and any other amounts due under these Terms & Conditions on demand by TorFX in cleared funds or otherwise as required in accordance with the terms of these Terms & Conditions.
- Should the Client be given access through the electronic platform or otherwise to prices or information provided by any exchange or service to which a royalty or other fee must be paid for the use of such prices or information, TorFX shall have the right to effect the payment of any such royalty or other fee by debiting the Client’s account on a monthly basis.
- Payments by the Client to TorFX in accordance with these Terms & Conditions must be made without any offset, counter claim or condition and without any deduction or withholding for any tax or any other reason unless the deduction or withholding is required by applicable law. Should the Client be required to make any form of deduction in respect of tax from any payment to be made or if TorFX is required to pay any tax in respect of any payment made in relation to these Terms & Conditions at the Client’s request the Client agrees to keep TorFX indemnified against that tax and agrees to pay to TorFX any additional amounts required to ensure TorFX receives the full net amount that is equal to the amount TorFX would have received had a deduction, withholding or payment of tax not been made.
- The Client acknowledges and agrees that where one of the following events occurs, TorFX may take any such action provided in Clause 15(c) below:
- the Client fails to meet a call for a deposit or Advance Payment request or make any other payment when due under these Terms & Conditions;
- the Client is not contactable by TorFX (and has not made alternative arrangements) within the time specified by TorFX in order for TorFX to obtain instructions (where required);
- the Client dies or becomes of unsound mind, or the partnership is dissolved or ceases to exist for any reason;
- the Client suspends payment of its debts, makes any composition with its creditors, has a receiver appointed over some or all of its assets, takes or has any proceedings taken against it in bankruptcy or takes or allows any steps to be taken for its winding up (except for a solvent amalgamation or reconstruction approved in advance in writing by TorFX) or anything similar to any of these events happens to the Client anywhere in the world;
- the Client fails in any respect fully and promptly to comply with any obligations to TorFX under these Terms & Conditions or otherwise or if any of the representations or information supplied by the Client are or become inaccurate or misleading in any material respect;
- any guarantee, indemnity or security for the Client’s obligations is withdrawn or becomes defective, insufficient or unenforceable in whole or in part;
- these Terms & Conditions has been terminated;
- it becomes or may become unlawful for TorFX to maintain or give effect to all or any of the obligations under these Terms & Conditions or otherwise to carry on its business or if TorFX or the Client is requested not to perform or to close out a transaction (or any part thereof) by any governmental or regulatory authority whether or not that request is legally binding; or
- TorFX considers it necessary to do so for its own protection.
- If the Client becomes aware of the occurrence of any event referred to in clause 15(a) above, it shall notify TorFX immediately.
- If any event referred to in Clause 15(a) above takes place, TorFX shall at its absolute discretion be entitled, but not obliged, to, and at the expense of the Client:
- terminate the Agreement immediately;
- close out any or all of the Client’s contracts;
- cancel any outstanding orders in order to close the Client’s account;
- charge the Client with all of the costs, expenses and losses incurred by TorFX as a result of entering into, or closing out transactions pursuant to these Terms & Conditions; and
- take any such action a reasonably prudent person would take in the circumstances to protect the personal obligation incurred when dealing on behalf of the Client.
- The Client will indemnify and keep indemnified TorFX and its employees, contractors or agents from and against any cost, expense, claim, action, suit, loss, damage or other amounts whatsoever arising out of any default, whether by act or omission, of the Client under these Terms & Conditions or anything lawfully done by TorFX in accordance with these Terms & Conditions or by reason of TorFX complying with any direction, request or requirement of any regulatory authority.
- TorFX shall not be responsible or liable in any way for any delay or error in the transmission or execution of any dealing by it under these Terms & Conditions caused by the Client or any other third party, including but not limited to any systems or operational failure or action, bank delay, postal delay, failure or delay of any fax or electronic transmission or delay caused by accident, emergency or act of god.
- No warranty is provided by TorFX in relation to information or advice sourced from third parties, and all information or advice provided by TorFX to the Client is for the private use of the Client and is not to be communicated to any third party without the prior written consent of TorFX.
- TorFX makes no representation or warranty as to the results of dealing in the Foreign Exchange Contracts, and shall not be liable for any damage or loss suffered or incurred by the Client arising out of or in connection with any advice, forecast, or opinion to the Client in relation to price movements or positions or to the likely profitability of any transaction.
- These indemnities shall survive any termination of the Client relationship.
17. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
- The Client declares it has read, understood and accepted all of the terms and conditions outlined in these Terms & Conditions. The Client agrees that when entering into a Foreign Exchange Contract with TorFX the Client is relying on its own judgment and, to the extent permitted by law, in the absence of negligence, fraud or dishonesty by TorFX or any of its employees, agents and representatives in relation to TorFX’s activities as the holder of an AFSL, TorFX shall bear no responsibility or liability of any kind whatsoever with respect to any advice or recommendation given or views expressed to the Client, whether or not the advice, recommendation, or views expressed was as a result of a request by the Client, nor will TorFX be liable in any respect of any losses incurred by the Client resulting from dealing in any product or products offered by TorFX.
- TorFX will bear no liability whatsoever in respect of any private dealings, contracts, transactions or relationships between the Client and any of TorFX’s employees or agents.
- TorFX shall bear no liability whatsoever in respect of any impact on the Client caused directly or indirectly by the issuance of any instructions by the Client to TorFX.
- In the absence of negligence, fraud, dishonesty or misconduct by TorFX or any of its employees, agents and representatives and to the full extent of the law, TorFX bears no responsibility or liability for any Client’s losses or damages whatsoever incurred as a result of any delay in transmitting or a failure to transmit funds caused by reasons outside the control of TorFX or as a result of TorFX’s failure to execute orders in a timely manner or administer these Terms & Conditions in the manner contemplated by these Terms & Conditions for reasons beyond its control and, without limiting the indemnity in clause 16, the Client indemnifies and agrees to keep TorFX and its employees, agents and representatives (for whom TorFX acts as agent) indemnified and against all sums of money, actions, proceedings, suits, claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses and other amounts whatsoever arising in respect of any such loss or damage. Reasons outside TorFX’s control may include but are not limited to, exchange control or other government restrictions, exchange or market rulings, suspension of trading, power failure, telecommunication failure, strikes or war.
- All such available exemptions and limitations of liability shall apply in respect of TorFX’s employees, officers, agents and representatives.
18. DISPUTE RESOLUTION
If a dispute arises between TorFX and the Client relating to any transaction (a “Disputed Transaction"), TorFX may close out or take any other action it considers appropriate in relation to the Disputed Transaction without previously notifying and/or without having received instruction from the Client. TorFX will try to notify the Client (verbally or in writing) what action it has taken, as soon afterwards as it practically can, but if it does not, the validity of its action shall not be affected.
- These Terms & Conditions can be terminated at any time by either party giving 5 Business Days written notice to the other party.
- Unless otherwise agreed in writing between the parties upon termination of these Terms & Conditions TorFX will close out all of the Client’s Foreign Exchange Contracts, at TorFX’s discretion.
- Should any event occur which has the effect of making or declaring it unlawful or impracticable for TorFX to offer Foreign Exchange Contracts to the Client in accordance with the terms outlined in these Terms & Conditions, TorFX may immediately terminate these Terms & Conditions by providing the Client with written notice.
- Termination of the Agreement shall not release either party from any existing obligations or from any liabilities for any antecedent breach of any of the terms of these Terms & Conditions and will not relieve the Client of any obligations the Client may owe to TorFX in accordance with these Terms & Conditions prior to its termination.
- Rights under these Terms & Conditions can only be waived in writing, such waiver not to affect the waiving party’s rights or entitlements in respect of subsequent breaches of the Agreement. Failure to compel performance shall not be construed as a waiver.
- TorFX may amend these Terms & Conditions by giving the Client thirty days written notice of any amendments.
- In the event that any of the provisions contained in these Terms & Conditions are found to be invalid or unenforceable, such provisions shall be deemed deleted, and the validity and enforceability of the remaining provisions shall continue unimpaired.
- If a party fails to exercise or delays in exercising any right under these Terms & Conditions, by doing so it does not waive such right. The rights provided in these Terms & Conditions do not exclude other rights provided by law.
- The Client may not assign or otherwise transfer its rights or obligations under these Terms & Conditions or any transaction, without the express written consent of TorFX.
- The parties agree to the electronic recording by either party of telephone or internet conversations between the parties with or without an automatic tone warning device, and the use of such recordings as evidence by either party in any dispute or anticipated dispute between the parties or relating to dealings between the parties. Clients shall be permitted access to such tapes within a reasonable period after the date of the relevant telephone conversation, and shall be liable to TorFX for all reasonable costs in retrieving and providing such tape.
- The Client acknowledges and agrees that TorFX is permitted to carry out an electronic database search and search credit reference agencies in order to verify the Client’s identity and credit standing. If such searches are carried out, TorFX may keep records of the contents and results of such searches in accordance with all current and applicable laws.
- TorFX reserves the right to collect such information as is necessary from the Client to meet its obligations under applicable Anti Money Laundering laws and regulations. TorFX may pass on information collected from the Client and relating to transactions as required by applicable anti money laundering laws and regulations and is under no obligation to inform the Client it has done so. TorFX may undertake all such anti money laundering checks in relation to the Client (including restricted lists, blocked persons and countries lists) as deemed necessary or appropriate by TorFX, and reserves the right to take any action with regard thereto with no liability whatsoever therefore.
- TorFX reserves the right to provide all such information regarding the Client in relation to its obligations to, or requests (whether legally binding or not) by a relevant regulatory body.
- In order to provide the Client with these services, TorFX needs to collect personal information about the Client and obtain the Client’s agreement in relation to the handling of such personal information. If the Client does not provide the requested information or agree to the information handling practices detailed in these Terms & Conditions, TorFX may be unable to provide the services outlined in these Terms & Conditions to the Client.
- The Client shall ensure that all information provided to TorFX is accurate and up-to-date at all times. Any changes must be advised to TorFX as soon as practicable.
- TorFX have systems and processes in place to address privacy requirements, and can provide the Client with a Privacy Statement should the Client require further information about TorFX’s information handling practices.
- The Client authorises TorFX to collect, use, store or otherwise process any personal information which enables TorFX to provide and/or improve its services. This may, on occasion, require the disclosure of personal information to our related entities, agents and service providers, and to organisations located in countries which do not have comparable laws to protect the Client’s information.
All communications relating to these Terms & Conditions shall be in writing and delivered by hand or sent by post or telex, facsimile, or, electronic mail to the party concerned at the relevant address. Any such communication shall take effect if delivered, upon delivery; if posted, two business days after it is posted to the party’s last known address; if sent by facsimile, or electronic mail, at the time of transmission (and receipt of confirmation); by telex, upon receipt of the answer back. Where the Client is more than one person, any notice or other communication provided by TorFX to one such person shall be deemed to have been provided to all such persons.
23. GOVERNING LAW
These Terms & Conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Queensland, and the parties submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts and tribunals in that State.
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