Bank of America Merrill Lynch today unveiled Instinct Natural™, an enhancement to its alternative trading system (ATS) Instinct X, aimed at increasing opportunities to execute block trades while minimizing market impact. “We want to make it easier for our clients to find liquidity so we’ve built a central platform where natural flow can interact,” said Jason D. Crosby, global head of portfolio sales and head of Americas institutional execution services sales. “With Instinct Natural, clients can tap the vast, uncorrelated, natural order flow that comes through our firm. We expect this will quickly become the place to go for size and price improvement.” Instinct Natural allows the client the opportunity to leverage the liquidity from institutional and private clients trading with BofA Merrill’s high-touch, electronic, ETF and equity derivatives desks. Instinct Natural works by having the buyside trader rest conditional placements in Instinct X and await an invitation to firm up. BofA Merrill believes that as clients become more willing to rest longer in Instinct Natural, they’ll find natural crosses with price and size improvement and minimal market impact. Clients will have several ways to access Instinct Natural by the use of conditional placements. This can be accomplished via BofA Merrill’s algorithms, directly via FIX or they will be able to instruct their cash trader to direct conditional placements to the platform. Instinct Natural will not be linking into client order management systems and is designed to give clients total control of their interaction with the platform. BofA Merrill has been able to win market share in the last year from competitors. As of January 29, 2013, BofA Merrill is No. 1 in U.S. Composite volume according to Bloomberg with 12.95 percent market share, up from 11.7 percent one year ago. By connecting clients with the firm’s vast liquidity, Instinct Natural is an ideal platform for sales traders and clients to collaborate on larger trading opportunities. BofA Merrill believes that if clients’ broader goals are known to their sales trader, they’ll be able to find greater opportunities based on the liquidity available from across BofA Merrill’s trading floor.
“We’re leveraging this superior technology and the confidence our clients place in us to increase their crossing opportunities,” said Scott Bacigalupo, Americas head of cash equity sales and trading execution. “We believe we can better connect true fundamental investors looking to buy and sell large blocks of stock.”BofA Merrill is a leading global provider of equity, options and futures trading, sales and research services to mutual funds, hedge funds, CTAs, broker-dealers, pensions, endowments and other institutions. The firm was recently ranked in the top 3 for U.S. Equity Trading Share and Electronic Penetration in the 2012 Greenwich Associates Survey. Additionally, BofA Merrill was named Best Equity Bank in North America and Latin America in 2012 by Global Finance magazine and Best Broker-Dealer for Equities by Wall Street Letter in 2012. Bank of AmericaBank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 53 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,500 retail banking offices and approximately 16,300 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
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