More important than whether or not to continue operations will be to what degree we will be able to perform. Our responsibilities to our customers come first and foremost and unless a SBD is of such catastrophic proportions that prohibit reasonable market activities we will strive to work with our clearing firm and other business constituents to provide you with continued access to those markets. Please be aware that although operational, such services may not match the full capabilities normally provided; however we will consider all factors, including the size and capability of our staff, when determining which level of service to provide.
Proprietary information contained on our systems is backed up daily to both tape media and a geographically distant server. We have considered these factors in conjunction with the Business Continuity Plans of our major business constituents including our clearing firm in order to minimize the time you may be away from the market.
A worst case scenario involving a SBD of major proportions could cause us to cease operations altogether. However, in that event our goal will still be to protect you, our customer, and we will work with our regulator and major business constituents. Fire, power, or other local situations could prevent us from gaining access to our building and offices. Our main office personnel who are essential to recovery will be able to access their computer systems and files customer phone lines will be redirected to appropriate personnel at their alternate locations including, in some cases, their homes. Our web site home page will post messages informing customers of the disruption and our current capacity and ability to handle their transactions.