The interests of our clients are always given top priority. As part of our firm's long tradition of trust, the confidentiality of client information has been and will continue to be paramount. We maintain high standards to safeguard your personal financial information at all times, and we will remain vigilant in protecting that information. We collect personal financial information to operate prudently and to meet legal and regulatory requirements.
We never rent or sell your name or other personal financial information. We will only share certain information with companies not in our corporate family ("nonaffiliated third parties") as permitted by law for the purpose of servicing your financial needs. The recipients of that information are required to protect the confidentiality and security of that information and may not reuse it for any other purpose.
Firstly, people. We restrict access to your personal financial information to personnel who need that information to provide you with our products and services. Our employee communications also reinforce our privacy policies.
Secondly, policies and procedures. We maintain and monitor our physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards, updating them as needed so that we may guard your personal information.
Thirdly, security. We use leading security and encryption methods to help us identify and prevent data breaches and any possible unauthorized disclosure of your personal financial information.
We must obtain certain information to meet legal and regulatory requirements; exactly what depends on the nature of the client's relationship with us. In all cases, we collect only personal financial information that is either required or necessary to provide personalized financial services to the client. We may obtain information about each client -- name, address, Social Security number, telephone number, income, etc. -- from our order forms and applications. We may collect information about clients' financial transactions -- securities bought and sold, checking transactions, fund transfers, etc. -- through companies in our corporate family ("affiliates"). We may also obtain information about clients from third parties, such as a consumer report from a consumer reporting agency, and we may verify income, identity, or asset information.