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In order to comply with the USA Patriot Act, we are required to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each customer who opens a new account with us. When you open a new account with us, we will ask for copies of identifying documents, such as articles of incorporation.
Benchmark, a member of the Securities Investor Protection (“SIPC”), provides account protection for the net equity of a customer’s funds and securities positions. SIPC provides $500,000 of primary net equity protection, including $250,000 for claims for cash (“SIPC Coverage”). Visit www.sipc.org for more information about SIPC coverage. Account protection applies when a SIPC member firm fails financials and is unable to meet its obligation to its securities customers, but does not apply to losses from the rise or fall in the market value of investments or to SIPC ineligible assets such as futures, foreign exchange transactions, or any investment contracts that are not registered as securities.
Benchmark collects nonpublic, and in some instances, personal information about our customers from account applications and other forms that are provided or submitted by you. Benchmark will not disclose any nonpublic personal information about its customers or former customers to anyone, except as permitted or required by law. We will verify any identification information provided by you through various sources, as required by regulation.
What types of information will I need to provide?
When you open an account, Benchmark is required to collect information such as the following from you:
Date of birth
U.S. Citizen: taxpayer identification number (social security number or employer identification number)
Non-U.S. Citizen: taxpayer identification number, passport number, and country of issuance, client identification card number, or government-issued identification showing nationality, residence, and a photograph of you.
You may also need to show your driver’s license or other identifying documents.
A corporation, partnership, trust or other legal entity may need to provide other information, such as its principal place of business, local office, employer identification number, certified article of incorporation, government-issued business license, a partnership agreement, or a trust agreement.
We restrict access to nonpublic personal information about customers to those employees and agents who require the information to service your account. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal standards to guard your nonpublic personal information.
All electronic communications transmitted through Benchmark’s computer network are archived in accordance with regulatory requirements and are subject to review and retrieval and may be disclosed to parties other than the intended recipient. Email should not be used to transmit orders for securities or for any time-sensitive matters.
Benchmark, in accordance with SEC Rule 17a-3(a)(18)(ii), is furnishing this statement to provide you with a name, telephone number and address, if you ever need to report or notify us of a possible complaint. If, for any reason, you feel you have a complaint, please contact our Chief Compliance Officer immediately by telephone at (212) 312-6700 or by mail at:
The Benchmark Company, LLC
Attn: Chief Compliance Officer
150 East 58th Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10155