In accordance with Principle 2 (Skill, care and diligence) and Principle 6 (Customers' interests), this section requires a firm when it agrees or decides in its discretion to execute a current customer order to do so with due skill, care and diligence and to act in the best interests of customers in selecting the most opportune time to execute the current customer order.
This section applies only to current customer orders, as opposed to customer orders. A customer order that can be executed immediately is a current customer order. A customer order that is to be executed on fulfilment of a condition, only becomes a current customer order once that condition is satisfied.
A firm may have reasonable grounds for postponing execution of a current customer order in the best interests of the customer. Examples of this may include when the deal is part of an aggregated transaction (see COB 7.7 (Aggregation and allocation)) for:
one or more customers; or