Evaluation and Segregation of Assets
Pershing protects client assets through rigorous internal control measures. An annual audit by a major independent audit firm and the audit team at our parent company, BNY Mellon, helps to monitor controls that are in place. In addition, an Annual Service Organizations report (as required) by a major independent audit firm provides additional evaluation of the design and operating effectiveness of Pershing’s internal controls related to account transfers, billing, clearance and settlement, confirmations and cash management functions, corporate actions, foreign exchange and prime brokerage controls, interest, margin monitoring, order and trade processing, physical custody, pricing and statements.
Clients’ fully paid-for assets are segregated from our own, with quarterly vault inspections conducted. We maintain enough liquid assets, net of any liabilities, to protect clients’ fully paid-for assets in the unlikely event of Pershing’s failure and liquidation.
Pershing is a broker-dealer registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and certain foreign jurisdictions. Pershing is also a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, every major United States securities exchange and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board.
Pershing is a member of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). As a result, securities in client accounts are protected up to $500,000 (including a maximum of $250,000 for claims for uninvested cash awaiting reinvestment). For details, please see www.sipc.org.