Investment Advisory Agreement
You (“you” or “Client”) and Beanstox Inc., a Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) registered investment adviser (“Beanstox” or the “Portfolio Advisor”), agree to enter into this investment advisory agreement (the “Advisory Agreement”), which becomes effective when you electronically agree with the terms of the Advisory Agreement.
If Client is unwilling to be bound by the terms and conditions of this Advisory Agreement, Client will not submit an application to become a Client and open an account. In addition, Beanstox reserves the right to decline any application to open, or to terminate, an account at any time and for any reason, in its sole discretion.
Beanstox provides automated internet-based investment advisory services (the “Program”) available online through mobile applications (the “App”). Additional information regarding the Program is also available via the Beanstox website (the “Website” and, collectively with the App, the “Platform”). The Program provides individual investors with a simple and cost-effective way to invest in United States (the “U.S.”) and international equity and bond markets through Exchange Traded Funds (an “ETF” or “ETFs”). Beanstox does not provide overall financial or tax planning.
Client hereby appoints Beanstox as portfolio adviser of Client’s assets held in each of the accounts (each an “Account”) that the Client opens with Beanstox through the App.
Beanstox provides investment advice via the Program (the “Advice”) specifically based on Client’s investment goals and risk tolerance levels (the “Client Profile”). The Advice derived from the Client Profile is based on Beanstox’ investment methodology and asset allocation strategies. More information about Beanstox’ Advice and methodologies is available on the Platform. Client agrees that if a material change occurs to Client’s goals and risk tolerance, or financial circumstances, Client will promptly notify Beanstox by emailing [email protected]. Beanstox will periodically, no less frequently than annually, send Client a reminder to review the Client Profile for any changes.
The Program is only available to individual investors 18 years and older who are legal residents of the U.S.
Beanstox sets a minimum account size required to open and maintain a Beanstox Account. The minimum amount is set forth on the App. Beanstox reserves the right to set and modify the minimum initial deposit or minimum account size required from time to time. Clients who decide to use the Program should be aware that Beanstox’s relationship with Clients is likely to differ from the traditional financial advisor relationship in several respects:
- Beanstox is a software-based, automated internet-based investment advisory service which means each Client must acknowledge, and agree to, having the ability and willingness to conduct a relationship with Beanstox on an electronic basis. Under the terms of this Advisory Agreement, each Client agrees to receive all Account information and documentation, and any updates or changes to same, through the App and, at times, via electronic communications from Beanstox. Unless specifically noted otherwise by Beanstox, including on the App, all Beanstox financial advisory services and all documentation related to advisory services provided by Beanstox pursuant to this Advisory Agreement entered into electronically between the Client and Beanstox, are managed electronically. Beanstox does make individual customer service representatives available to assist Clients with technical and general customer service support matters.
Investment Strategy and Portfolios
Beanstox develops model portfolios (the “Model Portfolios”) which are designed to address the investment goals and risk tolerance levels set out in the Client Information. In developing and updating the Model Portfolios, Beanstox identifies what it believes to be appropriate (i) asset classes, (ii) securities to represent these asset classes, and (iii) allocations within each asset class for each identified risk level to provide Clients with access to a Client targeted simple and cost-effective Program. Beanstox selects ETFs for each asset class comprising the Model Portfolios, using selection criteria for each Model Portfolio, including the ETF portfolio definition, diversification, trading liquidity, and cost. The asset classes considered for a Model Portfolio include U.S. equities (e.g. large cap, technology, value and growth), international equities, emerging markets equities and fixed income (e.g. treasury and municipal bonds and corporate bonds).
Based on the Client Information, using its proprietary method, Beanstox will propose to Client for review and approval a proposed portfolio (the “Proposed Portfolio”) derived from the various Model Portfolios. You acknowledge that Beanstox identifies the Proposed Portfolio in reliance on the Client Information. You agree that you are responsible for ensuring your Client Information is true, accurate, complete, and current in accordance with applicable law. Beanstox shall not be liable for any recommendation of a Proposed Portfolio based on untrue, inaccurate, incomplete, or out-of-date Client Information. You acknowledge that the Proposed Portfolio recommended by Beanstox as meeting your goals and risk tolerance is based on the Client Information you provide and the investment advisory methodology used in developing the Model Portfolios and recommending the Proposed Portfolio. However, you agree that there is no guarantee, representation, warranty, or covenant that the Proposed Portfolio will perform better over any time period than any other Model Portfolio or any other investment. Generally, Clients with lower risk tolerance will be offered a Proposed Portfolio from the various Model Portfolios with lower risk profiles and lower expected returns and lower expected volatility. Clients with higher risk tolerance will be offered a Proposed Portfolio from the various Model Portfolios with higher risk profiles and higher potential return and higher expected volatility. Clients expressing a set of short, medium, and long-term goals, will be provided a Proposed Portfolio that combines a set of Model Portfolios developed by Beanstox. Beanstox recommendations for a Proposed Portfolio will not be based on any assets or liabilities outside the Portfolios (Beanstox does not take a Client’s other assets into consideration for its assessment of diversification of a Client’s assets).
You can also opt to decline the Proposed Portfolio and select another portfolio offered by Beanstox (a “Selected Portfolio”). By declining the Proposed Portfolio, (i) Clients have determined that the Selected Portfolio is appropriate for their investment goals, risk tolerance and other personal conditions, and (ii) they assume the risk that the Selected Portfolio may perform worse than the Proposed Portfolio and are responsible for such outcome.
In order to begin the investment process, Client must approve the Proposed Portfolio or the Selected Portfolio (the “Approved Portfolio” and collectively with the Model Portfolios and the Proposed Portfolios, the “Portfolios”). The Approved Portfolio establishes the target investment allocations. Beanstox will not accept Client’s legacy investments from another investment account. You are not obligated to approve the Approved Portfolio in its entirety to be your Approved Portfolio. However, except as noted below, Client can approve or refuse a Proposed Portfolio or chose a Selected Portfolio and can only make one modification to an Approved Portfolio. To make other adjustments to a Proposed Portfolio, using the App, Client can revise the Client Information, including responses regarding financial profile and investment goals and risk tolerance. You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for the approval of the Approved Portfolio. Beanstox shall not have authority or discretion to approve any Approved Portfolio for you. You further acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review and carefully consider the information available on the App about the Approved Portfolio, and the constituent ETFs, before approving your Proposed Portfolio or Selected Portfolio.
You acknowledge and agree that:
- the Program is designed for investments in ETFs allocated so that the resulting holdings tend to replicate the Approved Portfolio over time; and
- Beanstox designed the selection and relative weighting of the ETFs in each of the Model Portfolios to pursue specific investment objectives, including diversification.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, you may exclude from your Approved Portfolio any one of the ETFs that otherwise comprise your Approved Portfolio if, after carefully reviewing and analyzing all pertinent information available on the App about your Approved Portfolio, you conclude that you do not want to own any one of the ETFs in the Approved Portfolio. You may request to exclude from or re-include in your Approved Portfolio an ETF at any time by emailing [email protected]. You shall have the ability to exclude only one ETF from your Approved Portfolio at any time. If you exclude an ETF from your Approved Portfolio, the remaining ETFs in your Approved Portfolio will be allocated relative to each other in the same proportions that they are allocated relative to each other in the Approved Portfolio. You may not exclude more than one ETF in Approved Portfolio. You acknowledge that excluding an ETF from your Approved Portfolio may adversely impact its performance. By excluding an ETF, you acknowledge and agree, without limiting any other provision of this Advisory Agreement, that:
- you assume the risk that your resulting Approved Portfolio may perform worse for you over any time period than the original Proposed or Selected Portfolio, or any of the other Model Portfolios on which your original or resulting Proposed or Selected Portfolio is based, or any other investment;
- your resulting Approved Portfolio may not be suitable with respect to your investment goals, risk tolerance, age, financial condition, or other facts or circumstances that apply to you;
- Beanstox shall not be liable for any losses or other damages resulting from your exclusion of any ETF from your resulting Approved Portfolio; and
- there is no guarantee, representation, warranty, or covenant that the resulting Approved Portfolio will perform better over any time period than any other Portfolio or any other investment.
While the Program is designed so that trading in your Account over time causes the holdings to replicate your Approved Portfolio, you agree that there is no guarantee, representation, warranty, or covenant that the holdings in your Account will match the allocations of your Approved Portfolio. You acknowledge that various factors (including the timing and frequency of deposits and withdrawals from your Account, market volatility and disruptions, the timing and frequency of changes to your Approved Portfolio, access interruptions, and hardware or software failures) can impact the extent to which holdings in your Account will replicate your Approved Portfolio at any particular point in time.
Once you approve a Proposed or Selected Portfolio, your Account will be invested in the underlying securities (i.e. ETFs) that are the same as, or are similar to, the allocations of your Approved Portfolio.
The Approved Portfolio will be implemented almost entirely using ETFs. From time to time, some or all of the Account’s portfolio can be in cash under certain circumstances, including when cash distributions or additional deposits are credited to the Account pending investment, or when an Account is liquidated and cash is deposited in the Account. The Approved Portfolio’s allocations will be adjusted periodically using cash inflows from dividends and additional Client funding, and may also be adjusted if the Approved Portfolio’s underlying asset allocations deviate by more than 20% from target allocations. As a result, Beanstox may sell over concentrated ETFs or buy under concentrated ETFs to bring Approved Portfolios in line with the target allocations. Beanstox does so on a best efforts basis and does not take in to account individual tax, market or legal circumstances. Clients must consult with a tax or legal professional for such information. Beanstox utilizes its best efforts to seek to maintain the Client’s Approved Portfolio allocations through market fluctuations, withdrawals, deposits, and other events that may cause deviations.
Proposed Portfolios and Selected Portfolios are derived from the Model Portfolios. Beanstox may enhance or update the Model Portfolios from time to time, therefore impacting Proposed Portfolios and Selected Portfolios and Approved Portfolios. Accordingly,
- you agree that Beanstox may, in its sole discretion, modify from time to time the number of Model Portfolios that it deems appropriate, in its sole discretion, to address the investment goals, time horizons, and risk tolerances associated with categories of clients; and
- you agree that Beanstox may, in its sole discretion, modify from time to time the selection of the ETFs that comprise each of the Model Portfolios and the relative weightings of the ETFs within each of the Model Portfolios.
All information and communications with Client regarding the Portfolios are available on the App.
Trade Execution, Account Maintenance, and Asset Custody
Once an Approved Portfolio is in place, and the Client’s Account is funded, appropriate orders are placed with the broker-dealer selected by Beanstox to execute the related transactions.
Client agrees to delegate to Beanstox the selection of service providers for brokerage and custody services. Beanstox has entered into an agreement with DriveWealth, LLC (the “Carrying Broker”) to provide and/or arrange broker-dealer and custodial services for Beanstox Accounts. As part of the Account opening process, Client will enter into a separate brokerage agreement with the Carrying Broker (the “Brokerage Agreement”) electronically as part of the Beanstox Account opening process. A detailed description of fees of, and services provided and/or arranged by, the Carrying Broker are set out in the Brokerage Agreement.
Client agrees to authorize brokerage orders in the Account (“Orders”) to be directed by Beanstox via the App to the Carrying Broker. Beanstox does not receive payment for order flow related to these trade Orders. The Carrying Broker is ultimately responsible for trade confirmations and Client statements.
Investments will be denominated primarily in U.S. dollars for simplicity and ease of understanding by Clients.
Beanstox will generally aim to initiate all Orders in a timely manner, however Clients should be aware that at times the execution of Orders may be delayed either due to market conditions or to permit bundling of trades in order to achieve scale and cost efficiencies. Under these instances, Beanstox reserves the right to delay trade executions at its discretion.
By entering into the Agreements and participating in the Program, you authorize and instruct Beanstox to use the Carrying Broker to maintain your Account and to handle Orders. You acknowledge and agree that Carrying Broker may combine Orders for purchases or sales in your Account with Orders for purchases or sales of holdings in other accounts in the Program for aggregate transactions for each applicable holding in the Approved Portfolio.
Although Beanstox may transmit your Orders to the Carrying Broker, Beanstox shall have no authority to initiate any other withdrawals or otherwise to transfer any holdings or cash out of your Account other than for fee or expense deductions pursuant to this Advisory Agreement.
Timing of Orders
Client understands that the Carrying Broker generally does not execute Orders for the execution of transactions in the Account outside of regular trading hours and any Orders initiated in response to allocation changes or Client deposits or withdrawals received outside of trading hours generally will not be placed before 10:00 AM on the next business day. The Beanstox App generally continues placing Orders associated with deposit and withdrawal requests but trades are generally executed at or around 10:00 am, once a day, on business days. Client understands and agrees that neither Beanstox nor the Carrying Broker shall be held responsible for any losses or other consequences that result from Beanstox’s or the Carrying Broker’s timing of, or other determinations for, placing or executing Orders.
Beanstox enables cost-effective money transfers by Client via Automatic Clearing House (“ACH”) deposits and withdrawals from the bank accounts selected by Client.
At any time, Client may enter instructions with Beanstox to make cash deposits or withdrawals to or from the Account from or to the Linked Account by taking appropriate action via the App. Client understands and agrees that the deposits and withdrawals to or from the Account will be conducted in cash via ACH transactions. Client understands and agrees that ACH transactions are subject to processing delays which may last up to five business days or longer and cash transferred may not be credited to the Account or the Linked Account, as applicable, or otherwise available to Client during processing. Beanstox and the Carrying Broker, in their sole discretion, may impose a longer waiting period during which cash may not be available for trading or withdrawal. Beanstox and the Carrying Broker may, in their sole discretion, permit the transfer of cash into or out of the Account in other forms or via alternative means. Beanstox and the Carrying Broker reserve the right, in their sole discretion and without advance notice, to refuse certain types of additions of cash to the Account. Client deposits must remain in a Client’s account for a minimum of five (5) business days after the funds clear prior to being able to withdraw. Other restrictions may apply if fraud or other potential anti-money laundering concerns are raised. Beanstox and the Carrying Broker reserve the right to require that Client make requests for withdrawals from the Account in writing. Client may alternatively request transfer of holdings to a different account with Beanstox or to a broker-dealer other than the Carrying Broker by submitting a request to Beanstox and the Carrying Broker in a form determined by the Carrying Broker. Certain holdings held in the Account may not be accepted by another broker-dealer. Beanstox and the Carrying Broker may determine to cancel this Advisory Agreement and the Brokerage Agreement as a result of a request to transfer holdings to another broker-dealer. Client understands that such transfer of holdings may result in additional charges to the Client. Beanstox and the Carrying Broker reserve the right to refuse to transfer holdings to another broker dealer account for any reason. Client understands that the holdings in the Account would have to be liquidated which may entail tax consequences for the Client.
Some of your investments may be made in fractional shares. If your account is closed for any reason and you are permitted to transfer your securities to another firm based on your agreement with the Carrying Broker, the fractional shares held in your account will need to be liquidated. Liquidation of fractional shares may result in additional charges.
The termination of the Carrying Broker relationship may automatically terminate this Advisory Agreement.
Client may enter instructions with Beanstox to withdraw cash up to the current market value of the Account at any time, excluding fees or expenses that are due or will be due as a result of such withdrawal (see “Program Fees” below). It is Client’s responsibility to ensure that instructions are accurate before requesting that Beanstox or the Carrying Broker initiate and execute ACH disbursements. Beanstox or the Carrying Broker may in their discretion attempt to abide by a subsequent request to modify instructions but are not obligated to do so. Client agrees to indemnify and hold Beanstox, the Carrying Broker, and their respective affiliates, harmless from any losses arising out of, or relating to, an attempt to amend or cancel a withdrawal request. Client understands that any erroneous, mismatched, or incomplete identifying information on an incoming ACH transfer may result in such ACH transfer being rejected, lost, posted to an incorrect account, or returned to the originating bank without notice to Client, and Client agrees to indemnify and hold Beanstox, the Carrying Broker, and their respective affiliates harmless from any losses arising out of, or relating to, any erroneous, mismatched, or incomplete identifying information on an incoming ACH transfer.
Clients are strongly encouraged to conduct their own analysis and to consider their own individual circumstances, investment goals, risk tolerance and needs prior to investing in an Approved Portfolio. The fact that a Proposed Portfolio is recommended by Beanstox or a Selected Portfolio is offered by Beanstox cannot be interpreted as a guarantee of future performance. Beanstox cannot assure Clients that they can achieve their investment goals, their investment strategies will prove successful or that Clients will not lose all or part of their investment.
The ETFs comprising Model Portfolios may change from time to time due to market conditions and other reasons, in which case Beanstox may divest Client of some ETFs in the Approved Portfolio and reinvest in the new ETFs which were selected as replacements. Client acknowledges and understands that investing in securities involves risk and the possibility of financial loss that can be caused by various factors, including changes in economic and market conditions. Beanstox does not guarantee that Client will avoid loss in the value of the investments nor guarantee any level of investment income or performance.
You understand and agree that:
- the Portfolios are subject to the investment risks described in this Advisory Agreement and elsewhere in the Program;
- any projected returns associated with any Portfolio may not materialize; and
- any hypothetical back tested returns associated with any Portfolio are based on assumptions and do not reflect actual results of any Account.
Beanstox uses a proprietary algorithm to manage Client Accounts. The algorithm was developed in conjunction with a third-party service provider. The algorithm generates Proposed Portfolios based on the Client Information, and Client Accounts are invested and rebalanced by the algorithm. Selected Portfolios are not based on the Client Information but are invested and rebalanced by the algorithm. The algorithm might rebalance Client Accounts without regard to market conditions or on a more frequent basis or less frequent basis than a Client might expect. The algorithm may not address prolonged changes in market conditions. Under certain circumstances, Beanstox might override the algorithm, including to halt trading or take other temporary defensive measures in stressed market conditions. Changes in the algorithm may have a material impact on Client Accounts.
Rebalancing and Dividend Reinvestments
You authorize Beanstox to conduct from time to time rebalancings of holdings in your Account (each a “Rebalancing”). Client understands and agrees that such transactions may affect the market value of the Account and may also have tax consequences. Rebalancings can be initiated for many reasons, including, without limitations, as a result of cash inflows and withdrawals from Client’s Account, or in the event the Approved Portfolio’s underlying asset allocations deviate by more than 20% from target allocations and cash flows are not sufficient to enable Beanstox to reduce this portfolio drift. Beanstox will use an automated method to calculate the purchases and sales for each Rebalancing based on automated analysis of your Account holdings relative to your Approved Portfolio. The algorithm will cause the holdings in your Account to replicate your Approved Portfolio more closely after settlement of the purchases and sales that comprise the Rebalancing than before settlement of such purchases and sales. You agree that Beanstox may modify at any time the manner in which, or the frequency with which, Beanstox calculates, generates, and places with the Carrying Broker the Orders for Rebalancing. You acknowledge that changes, particularly volatile changes, in the market price of the ETFs in your Approved Portfolio relative to each other may prevent Rebalancings from successfully making your Account holdings more closely approximate your Approved Portfolio. Beanstox utilizes its best efforts to seek to maintain the Client’s Approved Portfolio allocations through market fluctuations, withdrawals, deposits and other events that may cause deviations.
You authorize Beanstox to conduct reinvestments of dividends and interest income (“Reinvestments”) on your behalf. Generally, Reinvestments will be reinvested in ETFs on the next business day following settlement of the Reinvestment. Beanstox’s algorithm will generally design the Orders for Reinvestments to approximate your Approved Portfolio when investing a Reinvestment. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any of the Agreements or elsewhere, you agree that Beanstox shall be under no duty to conduct, and makes no guarantee that it will conduct, any Rebalancing or Reinvestment at any particular time or a purchase or sale for Rebalancing of any ETF shares in any particular amount.
Standard of Care
We will use our good faith judgment and efforts in providing services to you pursuant to this Agreement. Certain inherent risks and potential losses are always present when investing. If losses do occur, we, our affiliates and our respective employees and agents will not be liable for:
- losses or expense arising out of, or attributable to:
- your direction in connection with your Account,
- your omission or misstatement of information, including Client Information, furnished to us, and
- any written materials not prepared by us.
- any act or failure to act by us, our affiliates and our respective employees and agents that does not constitute negligence, misconduct or violation of law. These limitations do not constitute a waiver or limitation of any rights accorded to you under state or federal laws for advisory services rendered under this Agreement.
Investment Advice – Electronic Delivery
You acknowledge and agree that Beanstox will not provide investment advice other than the investment advice described in this Advisory Agreement and will not provide to you investment advice separate from the Program. You agree that Beanstox will provide to you investment advice and deliver the Program solely electronically in accordance with the terms of this Advisory Agreement. You acknowledge that Beanstox will not provide to you investment advice in person, over the phone, or in any other form other than information available through the Program. You acknowledge that you will not be entitled to or able to transact securities in your Account, or hold securities in your Account other than via the Orders placed by Beanstox with respect to the Approved Portfolio allocations of ETFs selected by Beanstox to comprise the Portfolios for the Program.
Service Not Available Outside the United States or to Non-Resident Aliens
The Program is not being offered to, and is generally not available to, anyone residing outside the 50 U.S. states, including U.S. citizens residing or working abroad. Beanstox makes no representation or warranty regarding its compliance with local laws in foreign jurisdictions, or regarding the appropriateness of the Platform’s content and the Program, or its compliance with such local laws. Client agrees to terminate this Advisory Agreement upon a change in residency that would make client ineligible to receive the advisory services provided under the Program. The Program is not offered to non-resident aliens who require a Form W-8 for tax-withholding. Client’s inability to access the Platform in certain foreign countries could result in Client’s inability to access the services provided through the Program, the Account, or to provide information and preferences regarding the Account. Client agrees to indemnify and hold Beanstox, the Carrying Broker, and their respective affiliates harmless from and against any and all losses arising out of, relating to, or incurred as a result of, the unavailability of the Platform from foreign countries.
Method of Communication
Client understands and agrees that the primary method of Beanstox’s communications with Client in connection with the Program will be by posting or updating information on the Platform and, to the extent required by law, sending Client a notice that directs Client to the Platform from which the information can be read and printed. Client understands that Beanstox reserves the right, however, to post Account related communications on the Platform without providing notice to Client, send Account related communications to Client’s postal or e-mail address of record, or to another method of communication provided by Client. Client agrees to check the Platform regularly for information. Client agrees that all Account related communications provided to Client in any of the ways described above will be deemed to have been good and effective delivery to Client when sent or posted by Beanstox or its affiliates, regardless of whether Client actually or timely receives or accesses the Account related communications. While Beanstox’s Model Portfolios are monitored and updated by investment advisory personnel, Beanstox’s Clients will generally not interact directly with such investment advisory personnel.
Power of Attorney
Client appoints Beanstox to manage the Account on a discretionary basis and act as Client’s attorney-in-fact with limited power and authority for Client and on Client’s behalf to buy, sell, and otherwise effect investment transactions in the name of the Account in accordance with the terms of the Advisory Agreement. Beanstox shall manage the Account by issuing Orders to the Carrying Broker to cause the Account to purchase and sell securities pursuant to the terms of the Advisory Agreement.
Client understands that neither Beanstox nor the Carrying Broker guarantee that access to the Platform and Account management via the App will be available all the time. Beanstox and the Carrying Broker reserve the right to suspend access to the Program without prior notice for scheduled or unscheduled system repairs or upgrades. Further, access to the Platform, and the Account, may be limited or unavailable due to, among other things: market volatility, peak demand, systems upgrades, maintenance, any kind of interruption of the services provided by Beanstox’s and the Carrying Broker’s ability to communicate with the Carrying Broker, hardware or software malfunction or failure, internet service failure or unavailability, the actions of any governmental, judicial, or regulatory body, and force majeure. Client agrees that neither Beanstox nor the Carrying Broker will be liable to Client for any losses incurred by Client (including, but not limited to, lost profits, trading losses, and similar damages) resulting from such access limitations or unavailability.
Client understands and agrees that Client is responsible for all losses arising from or related to the Account. Except for negligence or malfeasance or violation of applicable law, Client agrees that Beanstox and the Carrying Broker, and their respective affiliates, officers and employees, shall not be liable hereunder for any action performed or omitted to be performed or for any errors of judgment in managing the Account. Federal and state securities laws impose liabilities under certain circumstances on persons who act in good faith and therefore nothing herein shall in any way constitute a waiver or limitation of any rights which Client may have under federal or state securities laws. In addition, it is possible that Client or Beanstox itself may experience computer equipment failure, loss of internet access, viruses, or other events that may impair access to Beanstox’s software-based financial advisory service. Beanstox and its representatives are not responsible to any Client for losses unless caused by Beanstox breaching its fiduciary duty.
Beanstox provides access to the Program for (i) a monthly subscription tech fee of $5.00/month (the “Tech Fee”) The first monthly fee payment covers additional on-boarding expenses incurred by Beanstox for new clients and is not refundable. The Tech Fee is subject to change upon notice to Clients. Beanstox may apply reduced Tech Fees, including in connection with promotional programs, in its sole discretion.
You agree to pay the Tech Fee in accordance with the Advisory Agreement. You acknowledge that the Tech Fee may change from time to time and updated information on the Tech Fee will be available on the Platform. Depending on numerous factors, including the volume and type of trading in a Client’s Account and the aggregate cost of custodial, trade execution, advisory, and other services that are provided to Clients, the Tech Fee may cost more or less money than if the Client were to purchase such services separately away from Beanstox.
The Tech Fee will be charged monthly in advance commencing on the date of the Account opening and thereafter upon each monthly anniversary of the Account opening. Beanstox will arrange for the automatic debit of applicable fees from the Client’s Linked Account for the Tech fee.
Clients will not be charged additional fees by Beanstox for costs associated with portfolio advisory services, custody, account maintenance and trade execution (except for those fees related to foreign exchange or third-party asset fees). Clients who request non transactional special or additional services may be charged for such services, including, without limitation, a $0.25 processing charge when they withdraw funds from their Account, which will be subtracted from the total withdrawal amount. Client may be charged additional fees for reimbursement of non advisory expenses such as insufficient funds charges.
Although the fees are not negotiable, Beanstox may, at its sole discretion, waive a portion of its fees or offer fees to some Accounts that differ from the standard fee schedules referenced above.
A detailed description of fees can be found on the App and on our website at Beanstox.com.
Referral Fees and Other Compensation
Beanstox expects from time to time to establish referral programs that provide compensation to Clients, marketers and other partners in return for identifying, recommending or referring clients to Beanstox. Clients will not be charged any costs or fees for being referred by another Client, marketer or partner of Beanstox. If you open an Account through Beanstox’s Refer a Friend program, which may be in place from time to time, the Client who referred you will receive compensation from Beanstox, including in the form of reduced or waived Tech Fees. You may be invited to participate in the Refer A Friend program by means including, but not limited to, an existing Beanstox Client providing you a link or as a result of an email Beanstox sends you on behalf of an existing Beanstox Client. If you are in doubt as to whether you were directed to Beanstox via the Refer A Friend program and believe it material to your decision to open an Account, please contact [email protected] before signing up for an Account. Compensation to the referring Beanstox Client through the Refer a Friend program may be the reduction or waiver of Beanstox’s Tech Fees applicable to such referring Client’s Account for a limited period of time or as otherwise determined by Beanstox. Beanstox reserves the right to restrict, revoke, or amend these program offers at any time without notice to the Client. Compensation to marketers or other partners identifying, recommending or referring Clients to Beanstox are negotiated directly with such marketers or other partners.
Authorization of Fee Deduction
PREAUTHORIZATION OF MONTHLY ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER FROM YOUR LINKED ACCOUNT: By clicking “I agree” to enter into this Advisory Agreement, you authorize Beanstox, the Carrying Broker and any of their agents, for the entire period in which your Account is subject to Tech Fees under this Advisory Agreement, to process a recurring ACH debit from your Linked Account. Any ACH debit you preauthorize per the preceding sentence will result in an electronic funds transfer from your Linked Account to Beanstox or the Carrying Broker to pay the Tech Fee. Beanstox, the Carrying Broker, or any of their respective agents, may charge a fee if your ACH debit fails due to insufficient funds in your Linked Account. You further authorize Beanstox to instruct the Carrying Broker to sell, as necessary, securities in your Account and to transfer money out of your Account to pay Beanstox Tech Fees and, if any, other fees and expenses due under this Advisory Agreement. The securities sales you authorize in the preceding sentence include, without limitation, sales to pay: (i) any Tech Fees if your Linked Account is closed or disconnected from your Account; (ii) any Tech Fees if the preauthorized recurring monthly ACH debit you authorized above is rejected in any month due to insufficient funds; and (iii) any fees other than the Tech Fee, including non transactional fees, that may apply to your Account under the Advisory Agreement.
ETF Fees and Expenses
All fees paid to Beanstox for investment advisory services are separate and distinct from, and in addition to, the fees and expenses charged by ETFs to their shareholders. These fees and expenses are described in the prospectus of each ETF. These fees are generally composed of a management fee and other fund expenses. Beanstox does not earn or receive a portion of such fees.
Various features of the Program are offered or processed through service providers, which may be unaffiliated companies, or affiliates of Beanstox. Unless otherwise noted, all authority granted to or limitations of liability of Beanstox shall include its agents and representatives and any service provider, Client authorizes Beanstox and its agents and its affiliates acting on behalf of Beanstox under this Advisory Agreement to perform the services contemplated by this Advisory Agreement.
Beanstox shall not assign its rights or obligations under this Advisory Agreement or the Program without your consent, provided however that you will be deemed to have consented to an assignment if you do not object to such assignment within 60 calendar days of being notified through the Platform or by email of any intent of Beanstox to assign such rights or obligations.
This Agreement and any action related thereto will be governed by the laws of the State of Delaware without regard to its conflict of laws provisions.
YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ALL THE BEANSTOX AGREEMENTS, INCLUDING THIS ADVISORY AGREEMENT, ARE GOVERNED BY THE BINDING ARBITRATION CLAUSE BELOW.
In the event of a dispute relating to these terms and conditions of the Beanstox Agreements, arbitration shall be conducted by and submitted to a single arbitrator (“Arbitrator”) pursuant to current JAMS Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures where appropriate. The Arbitrator’s award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. The Arbitrator shall be authorized to award compensatory damages but shall NOT be authorized to award non-economic damages such as for emotional distress or suffering or punitive or indirect, incidental or consequential damages. Each party is responsible for their attorneys’ costs arising out of the arbitration and shall pay an equal share of the fees and costs of the Arbitrator and JAMS. The Arbitrator shall issue a written statement of the decision describing the factual findings and conclusions on which the award is based, including the calculation of any damages awarded.
Class Action Waiver
You agree that any arbitration or proceeding shall be limited to the dispute between Beanstox and you individually. To the full extent permitted by law, 1) no arbitration or proceeding shall be joined with any other, 2) there is no right or authority for any dispute to be arbitrated or resolved on a class action-basis or to use class action procedures, and (3) there is no right or authority for any dispute to be brought in a purported representative capacity on behalf of the general public or any other persons. You agree that you may bring claims against Beanstox only in your individual capacity and not as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class or representative proceeding.
Participation in Client Transactions and Personal Trading
Beanstox or individuals associated with Beanstox (“Related Persons”) may buy or sell for their personal accounts securities identical to or different than those recommended to Clients. In addition, Related Persons may have an interest or position in certain securities which may also be part of Portfolios. It is the express policy of Beanstox that no person employed by Beanstox may use information obtained during the course of their work to purchase or sell any security prior to any pending transaction(s) being executed for a Client’s account. This policy is intended to prevent employees from benefiting from transactions placed on behalf of Client Accounts. Related Persons are prohibited from trading in their personal account, or recommending trading in, any securities while in possession of material, non public information about such securities or their issuer, and from disclosing such information to any person not entitled to receive it.
Beanstox’s App investment tools are intended for Clients’ use in order for Clients to review their Account and better understand their holdings and investment performance. Generally, Beanstox personnel oversee the implementation of, and modifications to, the algorithm but do not monitor individual Client Accounts. There may be circumstances when certain investment activity and Account settings will trigger individual review of certain Client Accounts.
There may be circumstances when certain investment activity and account settings will trigger individual review of certain Client Accounts.
Clients are directed to update their Client Information on the App whenever information about their goals, financial situation or other information that could bear on how their Account is managed changes in a meaningful way. We would expect that Clients review their Client Information at least annually for this purpose. As part of this update, Clients should review and carefully consider the information available on the App about their Approved Portfolios and their constituents ETFs.
The Advisory Agreement may be canceled at any time, by either party, for any reason, upon notice in accordance with the terms of the Advisory Agreement. Upon termination of the Advisory Agreement, any unpaid fees earned by Beanstox will be due and payable. The last monthly Tech fee paid in advance by the Client will not be prorated upon termination. The Client has the right to terminate the Advisory Agreement without penalty within five business days after entering into the Advisory Agreement; provided, however, that the first monthly fee payment covers additional on-boarding expenses incurred by Beanstox for new clients and is not refundable.
Proxies – Voting Client Securities
Beanstox does not accept authority to vote any share of Client securities. Accordingly, Client is responsible for voting all proxies relating to the securities in your account, as applicable. Currently, investors in ETFs cannot vote on the underlying securities that comprise an ETF. Relevant information regarding the proxy voting items themselves is provided by a DriveWealth third-party vendor.
Beanstox does not purport to provide any tax advice to Client. Client should seek the advice of a third-party qualified tax advisor in connection with the Account to discuss tax-related concerns.
Beanstox shall not have any duty or obligation to advise or take any action on behalf of Client in any legal proceedings, including bankruptcies or class actions, involving securities held in, or formerly held in, the Account.
Services and Terms Subject to Change
CLIENT WILL CAREFULLY READ, UNDERSTAND, AND ACCEPT THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THIS ADVISORY AGREEMENT BEFORE ENTERING AN ELECTRONIC APPROVAL. IF CLIENT HAS ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY OF THE PROVISIONS IN THIS ADVISORY AGREEMENT CLIENT WILL ADDRESS THEM WITH BEANSTOX BEFORE AGREEING TO IT. CLIENT UNDERSTANDS THAT CLICKING OR TYPING CLIENT’S NAME IN THE ELECTRONIC APPROVAL FIELD IS THE LEGAL EQUIVALENT OF MANUALLY SIGNING THIS ADVISORY AGREEMENT AND CLIENT WILL BE LEGALLY BOUND BY ITS TERMS AND CONDITIONS. CLIENT ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT ALL THE BEANSTOX AGREEMENTS, INCLUDING THIS ADVISORY AGREEMENT, ARE GOVERNED BY THE BINDING ARBITRATION CLAUSE SET FORTH IN THIS AGREEMENT. CLIENT UNDERSTANDS THAT THIS ADVISORY AGREEMENT MAY BE AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME BY BEANSTOX, WITH REVISED TERMS POSTED ON THE PLATFORM. CLIENT AGREES TO CHECK THE APP AND WEBSITES FOR UPDATES TO THIS ADVISORY AGREEMENT. CLIENT UNDERSTANDS THAT BY CONTINUING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM AND MAINTAIN AN ACCOUNT WITHOUT OBJECTING TO REVISED TERMS OF THIS ADVISORY AGREEMENT, CLIENT IS ACCEPTING THE TERMS OF THE REVISED ADVISORY AGREEMENT AND WILL BE LEGALLY BOUND BY ITS TERMS AND CONDITIONS.