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Backtested, hypothetical or simulated performance results have inherent limitations. Simulated results are achieved by the retroactive application of a backtested model itself designed with the benefit of hindsight. The backtesting of performance differs from the actual account performance because the investment strategy may be adjusted at any time, for any reason and can continue to be changed until desired or better performance results are achieved. Alternative modeling techniques or assumptions might produce significantly different results and prove to be more appropriate. Past hypothetical backtest results are neither an indicator nor a guarantee of future returns. Actual results will vary from the analysis. Past performance should not be taken as an indication or guarantee of future performance, and no representation or warranty, expressed or implied is made regarding future performance.

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HOLT Disclaimer
The HOLT methodology does not assign ratings or a target price to a security. It is an analytical tool that involves use of a set of proprietary quantitative algorithms and warranted value calculations, collectively called the HOLT valuation model, that are consistently applied to all the companies included in its database. Third-party data (including consensus earnings estimates) are systematically translated into a number of default variables and incorporated into the algorithms available in the HOLT valuation model. The source financial statement, pricing, and earnings data provided by outside data vendors are subject to quality control and may also be adjusted to more closely measure the underlying economics of firm performance. These adjustments provide consistency when analyzing a single company across time, or analyzing multiple companies across industries or national borders. The default scenario that is produced by the HOLT valuation model establishes a warranted price for a security, and as the third-party data are updated, the warranted price may also change. The default variables may also be adjusted to produce alternative warranted prices, any of which could occur. The warranted price is an algorithmic output applied systematically across all companies based on historical levels and volatility of returns. Additional information about the HOLT methodology is available on request.

Structured Products
Structured securities are complex instruments, typically involve a high degree of risk and are intended for sale only to sophisticated investors who are capable of understanding and assuming the risks involved. The market value of any structured security may be affected by changes in economic, financial and political factors (including, but not limited to, spot and forward interest and exchange rates), time to maturity, market conditions and volatility, and the credit quality of any issuer or reference issuer. Any investor interested in purchasing a structured product should conduct their own investigation and analysis of the product and consult with their own professional advisers as to the risks involved in making such a purchase.

Options Disclaimer
Structured securities, derivatives and options are complex instruments that are not suitable for every investor, may involve a high degree of risk, and may be appropriate investments only for sophisticated investors who are capable of understanding and assuming the risks involved. Supporting documentation for any claims, comparisons, recommendations, statistics or other technical data will be supplied upon request. Any trade information is preliminary and not intended as an official transaction confirmation. Read the Options Clearing Corporation's disclosure document. Because of the importance of tax considerations to many option transactions, the investor considering options should consult with his/her tax advisor as to how taxes affect the outcome of contemplated options transactions.

Risks:
1. Call or Put Purchasing: The risk of purchasing a call/put is that you will lose the entire premium paid.
2. Uncovered Call Writing: The risk of selling an uncovered call is unlimited and may result in losses significantly greater than the premium received.
3. Uncovered Put Writing: The risk of selling an uncovered put is significant and may result in losses significantly greater than the premium received.
4. Call or Put Vertical Spread Purchasing (same expiration month for both options): The basic risk of effecting a long spread transaction is limited to the premium paid when the position is established.
5. Call or Put Vertical Spread Writing (same expiration month for both options): The basic risk of effecting a short spread transaction is limited to the difference between the strike prices less the amount received in premiums.
6. Call or Put Calendar Spread Purchasing (different expiration months & short must expire prior to the long): The basic risk of effecting a long calendar spread transaction is limited to the premium paid when the position is established.

ERISA Disclaimer

No information or communication provided herein or otherwise is intended to be, or should be construed as, a recommendation within the meaning of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final regulation defining "investment advice" for purposes of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended, and Section 4975 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, and the information provided herein is intended to be general information and should not be construed as providing investment advice (impartial or otherwise).

Equity Derivatives Tax Disclaimer
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Municipalities
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