A. B. Nicholas Agents
We welcome inquiries from candidate agents with a suitable pre-existing sales network, contact list, or market for our LeverageLine securities-based credit line program. However, we do not offer a common “brokering” relationship: for compliance reasons, your role is to refer and monitor your client. All elements of this referral process to our licensed lending partners follows rules we at A. B. Nicholas have agreed to follow. You will need to be willing to comply with these rules and sign and agreement with us for that purpose.
By joining, you’ll earn fees on every stock secured loan transaction you refer to us, and that is all you’ll really have to do. You’ll receive a fee based on the maximum line authorization we’ve been able to deliver to the client. ample agent earnings are here . You’ll also be providing portfolio owners a wholesale, no-title-transfer, no-sale-to-fund credit line, helping them realize their franchise, business, real estate investment objectives quickly and more cheaply. There are many other benefits that accrue too.
Agents: Fee Allocations
A. B. Nicholas provides 1/3 of all fees to you as referring agent, paid immediately upon receipt. As your role is to refer, not to broker, per licensed institution requirements, the remainder of all fees are divided into legal administration expenses to remain compliant with law, and to the partner/owners/staff of A. B. Nicholas. Fees are based on a percentage, usually 1-3% depending on various factors, of the maximum credit line we would have delivered to the client borrower. Fee shares to Agents are paid immediately upon receipt within one business day of the availability of LeverageLine funds for the client.
Agents: Applicant Requirements
We require a background in a financial, real estate, accounting, franchising, or related field dealing with the ideal clients for our programs. Licensed individuals preferred button required. Inquire if you need clarification. Please do not apply if you are planning to start a new marketing program using our LeverageLine. Ours is a referral program.
2) Clean Background:
No unresolved or undisclosed civil or criminal legal cases where you were a defendant past or present. Full disclosure. Divorce, minor drug offenses without repeat, or misdemeanors need not be disclosed. However, undisclosed relevant more serious legal matters, particularly those surrounding the core fields we serve — are grounds for termination if not disclosed. (Note: Disclosure is not automatic rejection of your application; non-disclosure, however, is).
3) Accept & Adhere to Compliance.
We work exclusively with fully regulated and licensed public U.S. institutions; we engage absolutely no private lenders of any kind. All of our lending partner advisors are FINRA/SIPC registered with further licensing in several related areas and otherwise outstanding backgrounds. This means that compliance is key.
As a condition to our working with this level of institution and personnel, we — and you by extension — must never provide any form of tax advice, insurance advice, legal advice, or securities buy-sell (investment) advice unless you are specifically and currently licensed to do so in your state of residence.
4) No Double Dipping:
Per institution rules, Agents may not charge fees pursuant to this financing separately AND receive A. B. Nicholas referral fees at the same time. This is prohibited as part of our agreements with our lending institutions and advisors and is designed to ensure that no client is forced to pay fees beyond what is disclosed and reasonable. It is also an ethical issue. Therefore: Agents may not receive ABN fees and outside fees on the same LeverageLine transaction (you may provide additional unrelated services for compensation). Contact us for any questions.
Keep in mind that this applies to our LeverageLine funding only. If you are, for example, licensed to provide the client insurance products and are also referring the client into the LeverageLine program this would not apply. There is no conflict as long as the other service/product (insurance in this case) is a fully separate service and for which you are being separately compensated.
The purpose of this rule is to prevent clients from being charged twice for the same service. Again, contact us if you need clarification. (Any undisclosed outside fees for our LeverageLine program are required to be returned to the client in full as a condition for continuing with A. B. Nicholas.)
5) Suitability. You should already have an existing network or market space of potential clients in one of the areas we serve or an area that you feel would be suitable for LeverageLine. LeverageLine is not intended as a program for those looking to start a completely new, unrelated career in securities financing via mass marketing or email blasts to clients with whom they are unfamiliar.
Summary & Expectations
Your role as an agent will be to refer clients into our well-tuned and constantly improving LeverageLine and OpLine program. You’ll use our encrypted, secure application form to refer your clients in to us at https://abnicholas.com/quote .You do not broker or sell in the conventional sense of blast email marketing or playing “middle man”. The licensed lending institution handles all of that.
We keep you informed via your Agent Portal automatically. You are of course free to discuss the program with your client/referral, it is the job of the the licensed lending institution advisor, primarily.
Another way to look at your responsibility is to think of it as informing the client about this loan program, then collecting the application documents (no cost for a term sheet) and then submit and step out of the way.
Our role at A. B. Nicholas was to build and create the program; and in terms of the process, to receive the application, deliver the term sheet to client for digital signing (and a file copy to you), arrange the initial introduction of client to his/her advisor, then step out of the way. We will enter status reports on your client into the Agent Portal as our lending partner provides us with updates, so you are always informed on the latest developments.
We aim to ensure our clients are fully informed and that only qualified clients move forward. This is why we review all applications before sending them forward securely to the lending institution. Our goal: get the client into the licensed lending institution ASAP, and funded, as quickly as possible.
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