Introducing / Carrying arrangements are entered into to allow a Member (the "introducing" broker) to use the back office facilities of another Member (the "carrying" broker). The services provided may include any combination of:
the execution of trades;
the clearing and settlement of trades;
the custody of client funds and securities;
the maintenance of books and records of client transactions and;
the financing of client positions.
These arrangements allow the introducing broker to rationalize its own operations while retaining its relationships with its clients.
Introducing Broker (Type 1-4) - Definition
This agreement is between an introducing broker and a carrying broker for the purposes of establishing a Type (1-4) introducing/carrying broker arrangement. A Type (1-4) introducing/carrying broker arrangement is one of four introducing carrying broker arrangements where an introducing broker is allowed to introduce clients to a carrying broker. In this agreement, the Type (1-4) carrying broker has agreed to perform certain services including clearing and record-keeping activities for the Type (1-4) introducing broker. The agreement is required by IIROC under IIROC Rule 2400, Introducing/Carrying Broker Arrangements. IIROC must approve of the arrangement before it becomes effective.