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Commercial Spot and Forward Master Agreement for Physical Bullion, Bullion Coins and Fabricated Products **

Alliance makes active markets in Deferred Delivery (i.e. Negotiated Forward Agreements) and provides portfolio financing of physical precious metals holdings.   A Negotiated Forward transaction is identical to a "spot" transaction except that the Delivery Date is extended into the future by mutual agreement.

Holders of physical precious metals can acquire liquidity or increase their leverage by entering into a Collateralized Financing Agreement for physical precious metals on deposit with Alliance.

Alliance requires Good Faith Deposits (i.e. Margin Deposits) for all Negotiated Forward transactions and requires certain minimum "Equity" levels be maintained for all Collateralized Portfolio Financings.

All Precious Metals Lease participants must also open a Spot Physical Metals Trading Account.

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Step 1: If you do not have a currently active "Spot" account, download and complete the following: Note: If your account is being introduced or reintroduced to Alliance Financial by another broker, then you must also download and complete the following document and include it with your application submission.
Step 2: Download and complete the following:
Step 3: Make a copy of these documents for your records.
Step 4: Return these fully executed agreements to Alliance for processing. To expedite the initial review process, you may FAX them to:

FAX: 1 312/582.6738

We must receive and maintain original signatures in our permanent records, so in addition to faxing copies of the original Trading Application and Account Agreements, the fully-executed originals should be mailed to:

Alliance Financial, LLC
116 N. York — Suite 300
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126

Attn: New Accounts
**Forward Agreements and/or Collateral-based Financing is only available for non-speculative commercial purposes or where actual physical delivery occurs.


Important Information About Procedures for Opening a New Account — To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify and record information that identified each person who opens an account.

What this means for you — When you open an account, we will ask you for your name, address, date of birth and other information that will allow us to identify you. You may also be asked to provide a copy of the following Photo Identification Documents: a valid driver's license, a valid state issued ID card, a valid passport or other identifying documents.
PRECIOUS METALS RISK DISCLOSURE — There is risk of loss from Precious Metals trading. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. Precious Metals trading, even when done by a professional trader, presents substantial risk of loss, and only funds that a customer can afford to lose should be used for Precious Metals trading. You should carefully examine whether or not Precious Metals trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition.
PRECIOUS METALS BORROWING/LENDING RISK DISCLOSURE — There is risk of loss in borrowing or lending of physical precious metals. You should carefully consider the risks associated with such borrowing or lending in the light of your individual financial circumstances.
PRECIOUS METALS GOOD FAITH DEPOSIT NOTICE — Because precious metals prices often fluctuate violently between the Trade Date and a trade's Settlement Date, IBS Metals/Alliance generally require a Good Faith Deposit (cash or collateral) of approximately 10% of the face value of the physical precious metals to be bought/sold to be on deposit prior to entering into binding transactions.

This Good Faith Deposit must be on deposit prior to entering into a trade or quoting firm prices. IBS Metals/Alliance will provide "indication only" price quotations on request prior to receipt of the required Good Faith Deposit. Adverse market movement will require the posting of additional funds/collateral on short notice.

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