Stifel’s banking and lending services are provided by Stifel Bank, Member FDIC, and Stifel Bank & Trust, Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender, NMLS# 375103 (collectively, “Stifel Banks”). Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Stifel Trust Company, N.A., Member FDIC, and Stifel Trust Company Delaware, N.A., Member FDIC (collectively, “Stifel Trust Companies”). Stifel Banks and Stifel Trust Companies are affiliated with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Member SIPC & NYSE, each a wholly owned subsidiary of Stifel Financial Corp. Unless otherwise specified, references to “Stifel” may mean Stifel Financial Corp. and/or any of its subsidiaries. Unless otherwise specified, products purchased from or held by Stifel, Stifel Banks, and/or Stifel Trust Companies are not deposits or other obligations of Stifel, Stifel Banks, or Stifel Trust Companies, are not guaranteed by Stifel, Stifel Banks, and/or Stifel Trust Companies, and are subject to investment risks, including possible loss of the principal invested. None of Stifel, Stifel Banks, or Stifel Trust Companies provide legal or tax advice.
Residential mortgage lending services for clients of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated are performed exclusively by Stifel Bank and Stifel Bank & Trust (Stifel Banks). The financial advisors of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated do not offer mortgage loans, provide mortgage loan information, or accept residential mortgage loan applications.
Understanding the potential risks of a Stifel Pledged Asset (SPA) Line of Credit
Speak with your Financial Advisor about your risk tolerance level, market fluctuations, and specifically the potential risks associated with a Stifel SPA Line of Credit.
Securities-based lines of credit involve risk and is not appropriate for all borrowers. The SPA Line of Credit is a full recourse, demand loan using the assets in a brokerage account as collateral and can be called at any time. An increase in interest rates will affect the overall cost of borrowing. The return on your securities must be higher than your financing cost in order for you generate a positive return in your securities account. The market value of your securities may decline, which may result in the value of that collateral no longer covering the outstanding loan amount. In either event, the borrower may be required to post additional collateral and/or repay part or all of any outstanding loan, and Stifel Bank & Trust may call the loan and sell or force the sale of the assets in the collateral account, or any other collateral, without contacting the borrower. The borrower can lose more assets than the borrower is required to deposit in the collateral account. The borrower is responsible for satisfying any amount not covered by the collateral.
Stifel Bank & Trust can increase its collateral maintenance requirements at any time. Stifel Bank & Trust may, in its sole and absolute discretion, demand full or partial payment of the SPA Line of Credit at any time, without notice to cover the loan balance and any interest. The borrower is not entitled to an extension of time to meet a collateral maintenance call.
If pledged securities need to be sold, they may be sold without notice, the borrower may not be offered a chance to deposit cash or additional collateral, and the borrower may not be able to pick which securities will be sold, which can interrupt the borrower’s long-term investment strategy. If pledged securities are sold, this could trigger an unfavorable taxable event for the borrower. Neither Stifel Bank & Trust nor our affiliates provide tax or legal advice. Borrower should consult with a tax professional.
The borrower is entitled to draw against their SPA Line of Credit only if loan terms and collateral requirements are met and the draw request is approved by Stifel Bank & Trust.
There may be alternative ways of borrowing funds that are less expensive and involve less risk. Your Financial Advisor may receive compensation for balances on SPA loans. Your Financial Advisor benefits when the borrower uses the available balance on his or her loan to meet liquidity needs in lieu of selling securities or other investments.
Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Stifel Trust Company, N.A. and Stifel Trust Company Delaware, N.A. (Stifel Trust Companies),
wholly owned subsidiaries of Stifel Financial Corp. and affiliates of Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Member SIPC & NYSE. Unless otherwise specified, products purchased from or held by Stifel Trust Companies are not insured by the FDIC or any other government agency, are not deposits or other obligations of Stifel Trust Companies, are not guaranteed by Stifel Trust Companies, and are subject to investment risks, including possible loss of the principal invested. Stifel Trust Companies do not provide legal or tax advice.