Broker Check

Clearing Partners

First Clearing

Our commitment to providing quality service includes a business relationship with First Clearing1, one of the nation’s leading brokerage clearing institutions. This relationship brings the benefit of a firm with deep roots in the full-service brokerage business and the strength of being affiliated with one of the largest financial services companies in America.

RBC Clearing & Custody (RBC)

RBC is a division of RBC Capital Markets, LLC, member NYSE/FINRA/SIPC. RBC Capital Markets, LLC, is a member of the NYSE, AMEX, CHX, CBOE and PSE and has execution capabilities on all principal exchanges. RBC Capital Markets, LLC is owned by Royal Bank of Canada, which trades under the symbol RY on the New York Stock Exchange.

Cutter & Company has a contractual agreement with RBC Clearing & Custody (RBC) to serve as one of our clearing firms. Each client of our firm is notified of the relationship via a disclosure letter. The disclosure letter details the responsibilities that our firm (the introducing broker-dealer) and RBC (the clearing firm) have to the client. Although client assets are held by RBC Capital Markets, LLC, neither RBC Capital Markets, LLC, nor RBC has responsibility for the financial condition or performance of our firm or our Financial Advisors.

Account Protection

First Clearing*/RBC

Clients who maintain securities accounts with us are protected by the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). Securities and cash in client accounts held at First Clearing¹ and RBC Capital Markets have other sources of protection in addition to, and separate and distinct from, the SIPC coverage of Cutter & Company, Inc.

SIPC protects clients against the custodial risk of a member brokerage firm becoming insolvent by replacing missing securities and cash up to a maximum of $500,000, which includes up to $250,000 for claims for cash. (SIPC coverage is not the same as, nor is it a substitute for FDIC deposit insurance.) For more information on SIPC coverage, please see the explanatory brochure available at WWW.SIPC.ORG.

In addition to also being SIPC members, First Clearing maintains a program of additional protection provided through London Underwriters, led by Lloyd’s of London Syndicates (“Lloyd’s”) For clients who have received the full SIPC payout limit, First Clearing’s policy with Lloyd’s provides additional coverage above the SIPC limits for any missing securities and cash in client brokerage accounts up to a clearing-firm aggregate limit of $1 billion (including up to $1.9 million for cash per client).

SIPC and the additional protection from Lloyd’s do not protect against losses from the failure of a security, nor do they insure the quality of investments or protect against losses from fluctuating market value. All coverage is subject to the specific policy terms and conditions. First Clearing’s SIPC and additional coverages only apply in the event of First Clearing’s insolvency, and do not apply in the event of Cutter & Company’s insolvency.

RBC Capital Markets (RBC CM) is a member of SIPC, and provides additional protection through an insurance policy from Lloyd’s of London. The RBC CM Lloyd’s policy covers up to $99.5 million per SIPC qualified account (of which $900,000 may be cash), subject to a total maximum aggregate for RBC CM of $400 million that would be distributed on a pro-rata basis across all losses by clients of RBC CM.

About Lloyd’s of London Syndicates

Lloyd’s is the world’s specialist insurance market. The business written at Lloyd’s is brought to specialist syndicates, which price and underwrite risk, via brokers and cover holders. Currently, A.M. Best has given Lloyd’s a financial strength rating of “A (Excellent) Stable Outlook”. For more information about Lloyd’s, please visit

*First Clearing is a trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company.

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