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Privacy Policy

 

AMS Privacy Policy

To Our Clients:

SEC Regulation SP requires that brokerage firms inform clients of their policies and practices regarding its handling of client information. Please take a few moments to read how American Municipal Securities, Inc. protects the confidentiality of your client information.


Privacy Policy

In the course of regular business practices, American Municipal Securities, Inc. (AMS) will collect information in order to better serve our customers and to comply with regulatory requirements. This information may include name, address, social security number, assets, income, investment history etc… Customers can be assured that AMS has established the following rules as it pertains to this information:

  • Access to customer information is for business purposes only.
  • Access will be limited to those employees who are needed to assist your broker in 
    providing products and services to you.
  • AMS employees granted access are required to protect it and hold it confidential.

 

In the course of regular business activity, it may become necessary to disclose some or all customer information. In this event, customers can be assured that information was disclosed for one of the following purposes:

  • In response to a subpoena.
  • To comply with an inquiry by a government agency or regulator.
  • To provide customer service or account maintenance to our financial service providers such as mutual fund companies, annuity companies, and transfer agents.

 

For the protection of our customers, unless one of the above mentioned circumstances occurs, it is the policy of AMS not to share customer information with any third parties.

If you prefer that we not disclose nonpublic personal information about you to non-affiliated third parties, you may opt out of those disclosures, that is, you may direct us not to make those disclosures (other than disclosures permitted by law). If you wish to opt out of disclosures to non-affiliated third parties, you may call 1-800-868-6864 and ask for the opt-out department.

Links to Other Web Sites

WWW.AMUNI.COM may include links to other websites.  Any personal information that you submit to outside sites is subject to the privacy policies of those sites.  If you submit personal information to any website, we encourage you to carefully read any and all privacy statements.

Routing Practices

We are exempt from SEC Rule 11ac1-6 reporting. However, individual order information is available upon request. An aggregated report for all of First Clearing can be viewed by clicking here.

Please click  here to view the SEC-Required Report on Routing of Customer Orders 
for the current quarter.

USA Patriot Act

Customer Identification Program Notice

Important Information You Need to Know About Opening A New Account.

To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, federal law requires financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens an account.

This notice answers some questions about our Customer Identification Program.

What types of information will I need to provide?

When you open an account we are required to collect information such as the following from you:

  • Your Name
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Identification number:
    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, alien 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 articles of incorporation, government-issued business license, a partnership agreement, or a trust agreement.

U.S. Department of the Treasury, Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, and New York Stock Exchange rules already require you to provide most of this information. These rules also may require you to provide additional information, such as your net worth, annual income, occupation, employment information, investment experience and objectives, and risk tolerance.

What happens if I don't provide the information requested or my identity can't be verified?

We may not be able to open an account or carry out transactions for you. If we have already opened an account for you, we may have to close it.

We thank you for your patience and hope that you will support the financial industry's efforts to deny terrorists and money launderers access to America's financial system.

Business Continuity Plan

American Municipal Securities Inc. has developed a Business Continuity Plan on how we will respond to events that significantly disrupt our business. Since the timing and impact of disasters and disruptions is unpredictable, we will have to be flexible in responding to actual events as they occur. With that in mind, we are providing you with this information on our business continuity plan.

Contacting Us- During a significant business disruption, American Municipal Securities, Inc. will re-establish telephone service with our clients as soon as possible. Our clients should check our website at http://www.amuni.com for our latest information. As a client of American Municipal Securities, Inc. we recognize you may need access to your account to sell a position or request a check before we re-establish telephone service. During this time, First Clearing 1 , our clearing firm, will assist you with sell/liquidation orders and provide check disbursements if needed. If our firm has declared an emergency and you cannot contact us, please call First Clearing for assistance at 877-496- 3223.

Our Business Continuity Plan - We plan to quickly recover and resume business operations after a significant business disruption and respond by safeguarding our employees and property, making a financial and operational assessment, protecting the firm's books and records, and allowing our customers to transact business. In short, our business continuity plan is designed to permit our firm to resume operations as quickly as possible, given the scope and severity of the significant business disruption.

Our business continuity plan addresses: data backup and recovery; all mission critical systems; financial and operational assessments; alternative communications with customers, employees, and regulators; alternate physical location of employees; critical supplier, contractor, bank and counter-party impact; regulatory reporting; and assuring our customers prompt access to their funds and securities if we are unable to continue our business.

Our clearing firm, First Clearing, backs up our important records in a geographically separate area. While every emergency situation poses unique problems based on external factors, such as time of day and the severity of the disruption, we have been advised by our clearing firm that its objective is to restore its own operations and be able to complete existing transactions and accept new transactions and payments as soon as personnel can reach the alternate site. Your orders and requests for funds and securities could be delayed during this period.

Varying Disruptions - Significant business disruptions can vary in their scope, such as only our firm, a single building housing our firm, the business district where our firm is located, the city where we are located, or the whole region. Within each of these areas, the severity of the disruption can also vary from minimal to severe. In a disruption to only our firm or a building housing our firm, we will transfer our operations to the closest of our unaffected branch office locations and expect to recover within 4 hours. In a disruption affecting our business district, city, or region, we will transfer our operations to a site outside of the affected area, and recover and resume business as soon as personnel can safely reach the alternate site. In either situation, we plan to continue in business, transfer operations to our clearing firm if necessary, and notify you through our web site www.amuni.com or our customer emergency number, 800-868-6864 how to contact us. If the significant business disruption is so severe that it prevents us from remaining in business, we will assure our customer's prompt access to their funds and securities.

For more information - If you have questions about our business continuity planning, you can contact us at info@amuni.com or 800-868-6864.