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The mission of this Site is to provide information designed to help you to protect your organization against unpredictable and volatile fuel prices. Our aim is to empower you to better control your fuel expense budget by purchasing fuel price protection. To the best of Our knowledge, all the information you will find on this Site is accurate. However, We cannot guarantee that the information or materials that We provide, or Our services, are going to produce specific results.
This website explains how fuel price protection may be obtained by purchasing a financially settled call option. CFTC regulations require any corporation making a purchase of a financially settled call option to have a $1 million net worth or $10 million in total assets otherwise. When Requesting a Free Price Indicator, users of this website are requested to check the box certifying that they meet this CFTC eligibility requirement.
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Limitation of Liability
IN NO EVENT SHALL FUELBANK OR ITS SUPPLIERS OR RESELLERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, ACTUAL, PUNITIVE OR OTHER CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOST PROFITS, LOST OR INTERRUPTED BUSINESS, LOST DATA, LOSS OF USE) ARISING OUT OF OR IN RELATION TO THIS AGREEMENT OR YOUR USE OF OR YOUR INABILITY TO USE THE MATERIALS, SERVICES OR CONTENT ON THIS SITE (OR SITES LINKED TO THE SITE) EVEN IF FUELBANK HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
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Risk Disclosure Statement - Trade Option Transactions
INTL Hanley, LLC, and Fuelbank Inc. (hereinafter collectively termed “INTL Hanley”) believe that Counterparties should be aware of the risks involved in entering over-the-counter trade options (“Trade Options”).
The following is a brief summary of certain considerations that Trade Option buyers should take into account in deciding whether to participate in such transactions. This summary is not meant to be all-inclusive; rather it is intended to highlight certain of the more significant factors and special risks relating to Trade Options.
Before entering into a Trade Option transaction you should understand fully the terms of the transaction and make your own assessment of the risks associated with the transaction into which you propose to enter. Also you should evaluate carefully whether the transaction is appropriate for you in light of your experience, financial objectives and needs, financial resources, and other relevant circumstances. In making these assessments, we strongly recommend that you obtain independent legal and financial advice before entering into any transactions.
You should be aware that Trade Options are transactions under which, depending on fluctuations in value or volatility of the commodity underlying the contract, you could lose money. Specific market movements of the commodities underlying the Trade Option cannot be accurately predicted. In the case of some transactions your potential loss may be unlimited.
INTL Hanley cannot and does not make any representation to you in respect of any gains you may realize by entering into Trade Options. As noted above, Trade Option contracts can result in loss as well as profit.
When you enter into Trade Options with us, you will be entering into a privately negotiated contract with INTL Hanley. The transactions are not executed on an exchange and are not cleared on a central clearing organization. Consequently, any contract with INTL Hanley will be solely an obligation of INTL Hanley (as opposed to an obligation of a clearing house as in the case of an exchange-traded contract) and you will not be afforded the regulatory and financial protections offered by exchange-traded contracts.
Each of you and INTL Hanley is obliged to perform their respective obligations under each transaction in accordance with its terms. The terms of each Trade Option are set out in the Confirmation.
Because each Trade Option is a transaction between you and INTL Hanley, and is not cleared on a central clearing house, you will not be able to transfer your obligations under the transaction to another person without consent. In addition, INTL Hanley is under no obligation to terminate or close out the transaction prior to the expiry date for that transaction. INTL Hanley may, but is not obligated, to quote you a price for an early close out of a contract on request.
2. Option Transactions
The risks inherent in an option transaction will depend on whether you are the purchaser or seller of an option and the style of the option.
Where you have purchased a long Trade Option, you may suffer a total loss of premium (plus transaction costs) if that option expires worthless. This risk reflects the nature of a long Trade Option or an asset that tends to decline in value over time. The price of the underlying commodity must either rise above the strike price for a call option, or fall below the strike price for a put option, as the case may be, by an amount in excess of the sum of the premium and all other costs incurred in entering into and exercising the option for you to realize a profit on the transaction.
Where you sell (write), or are short, an option the risks are greater. Where you have sold or are short Trade Options with a higher face value than options you have bought, the risks can be greater than those associated with forwards or swaps. Where the written option is not covered by a physical position or forward commitment you will be exposed to full price risk on the option commodity.
Any Trade Option which you have sold may be exercised at INTL Hanley’s discretion, thus you cannot be sure of your position resulting from the option until the expiry date. An American-style option may be exercised at any time (i.e. on any business day) during the specified exercise period prior to the expiration. A European-style option may be exercised only on the specified exercise date. An Asian-style option is a variant of the European-style option. Otherwise known as an “average price” option, in an Asian-style option the reference price in relation to the underlying commodity is derived from an agreed upon calculation, which, by way of example, may be based upon an average of an underlying commodity’s market price at predetermined dates occurring during a specified averaging period, with the exercise date occurring at the end of such averaging period.
3. Basis Risk
A Trade Option contract may not be a perfect hedge against a particular type of risk. Even small differences between the terms of the transaction and the underlying commodity position to which the transaction relates may create a basis risk.
4. Other Risks
There are other risks which relate to Trade Option contract transactions that cannot be listed above. For example, there can be serious market disruptions if a major institution fails or political events locally or overseas affect the market. It is not possible to foresee all risks in advance.
5. Arm’s Length Transactions
INTL Hanley may offer specific proprietary Trade Option products to Counterparties.
You need to ensure that you fully understand any risks associated with such instruments, prior to entering into any transactions.
In entering into Trade Option contract transactions you should understand that INTL Hanley is acting solely in the capacity of an arm’s length contractual counterparty to you in connection with the transaction and not in the capacity of your financial adviser or fiduciary. Accordingly, you should not regard any transaction proposal, suggested hedging strategies or other written materials or oral communications from INTL Hanley as investment recommendations or advice or as expressing INTL Hanley’s view as to whether a particular transaction is suitable for you or meets your financial objectives.
6. Limited Transactions
These Trade Options are available only to a producer, processor, or commercial user of, or a merchant handling, the commodity which is the subject of the Trade Option transaction, or the products or byproducts thereof, and where the producer, processor, commercial user or merchant confirms that the Trade Option transaction is solely for purposes related to the Counterparty’s business as such. By executing this agreement, Counterparty warrants that Counterparty is such a producer, processor, commercial user or merchant and reasonably expects to produce or utilize the commodities identified within the attached New Account data sheet in its business.
This agreement is not intended to, and does not, create or give rise to any fiduciary duty on the part of either party to the other.