Safety and Security

BBVA Securities Inc., including the BBVA Compass Investment Solutions division ("BCIS"), is a member of the BBVA Group. The top-tier company in the BBVA Group, BBVA S.A. was ranked 13th on the Global Finance 2009 list of the "World's 50 Safest Banks." The list, made up primarily of international banks, uses ratings from Moody's, Standard & Poor's and Fitch to compare the long-term credit ratings and total assets of the 500 largest banks in the world.

Additionally, we know how important the confidentiality of your investments is to you, that is why we have placed your securities in the custody of Pershing LLC, one of the largest custodial agencies in the United States.

BCIS, as well as Pershing, are members of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). Both of these self-regulated organizations protect the investor and adhere to strictly-enforced regulations.