Preserving trust is a core value. Wealth Forward recognizes that clients expect us to protect the information they provide us and to use it responsibly. We are strongly committed to fulfilling the trust that is the foundation of our clients’ expectations. For that reason we have adopted and adhere to the following policy regarding the privacy of client information.
Why We Collect and How We Use Information
When we evaluate your request for our services, provide investment advice to you and place transactions for your account, you typically provide us with certain personal information necessary for us to provide these services. We may also use that information to offer you other services we or an affiliate may provide which may meet your investment needs.
What Information We Collect
The information we collect may include: name and address; employer; Social Security Number or taxpayer identification number; assets; income; account transactions; investment and other financial product positions and balances; investment objectives; accounts at other institutions; transactions at other institutions, including affiliates; the identities of accountants, attorneys and other professionals you engage; information we receive from third parties, including credit bureaus; and information we obtain to verify your representations to us, such as your identity and assets.
We Limit How, and With Whom, We Share Your Information
We do not sell your personal information to anyone. We may disclose information about you, with your consent, to our employees, affiliates, representatives and their affiliated businesses. We may disclose information to non-affiliated third parties which provide services to you. Non-affiliated third parties may include retirement plan sponsors or third-party administrators, mutual fund companies, insurance companies and agencies, third-party advisory firms, banks, broker-dealers, transaction clearing firms, accountants, lawyers, securities professionals, companies that assist us with the maintenance of required records, and others to assist us, or them, in providing services to you.
We also may share information with companies that perform services on our behalf, such as the companies that we hire to perform marketing or administrative services. Companies we may hire to provide support services are not allowed to use your personal information for their own purposes. We also may make additional disclosures as permitted by law.
We also will share the information we received from you as required by laws and rules applicable to you, client account service providers, Wealth Forward or Wealth Forward’s representatives.
If you close your account, in the process of transferring your accounts we may share your information with the new broker-dealer, investment adviser, or custodian that you select. Your Wealth Forward representative may use the personal information about you that is in his or her files, to provide you with information regarding the new firm, account transfer procedures and documents.
If you prefer that we not share your non-public personal information (except in those circumstances described above that are permitted or required by law), you may opt out at any time by notifying us not to share information. To notify us, please call us at (701) 293-5789. You will be asked to provide identifying client information at that time, including your Social Security Number.
For accounts that are held jointly by more than one client, any of the account holders may opt out on behalf of the other account holders. Any opt out instructions received from one owner of a joint account will apply also to individual accounts in that person’s name, as well as other accounts held jointly by that person, based on the account information we have.
How We Protect Information
Employees and our advisory representatives are required to comply with our established information confidentiality procedures. We also maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect information. For example, our computer systems utilize password protection to prevent access by unauthorized personnel. Wealth Forward ensures service providers that we provide assurances that they will restrict their use of the information provided about you.
Access To and Correction of Your Information
Upon your written request, we will make available your information for review. Information collected in connection with, or in anticipation of, any claim or legal proceeding will not be made available. If your personal information with us becomes inaccurate, or if you need to make a change to that information, please contact us at the number shown below so we can update our records. Also, if you believe someone has accessed your account without authorization, please contact us.