Bank of America Merrill Lynch today announced that it has licensed the SWIFT MyStandards product, an innovative web-based application designed to facilitate the management of global standards and market practices across the financial industry. BofA Merrill, a global provider of custody and agency services, will initially use MyStandards for its custody message expansion program. The expansion will broaden the instruction and reporting messages used by clients, agents and internally across BofA Merrill Global Transaction Services business lines to facilitate greater straight through processing. “MyStandards is a simple yet powerful way to connect with our clients and servicers while adding efficiency,” said Morgan Downey, head of Global Custody and Agency Services for BofA Merrill. “Clients will benefit from the transparency of our message guidelines and enjoy easy access to annual SWIFT release changes and our own product enhancements.” The initial BofA Merrill custody message publication via MyStandards is scheduled for the fourth quarter. “While MyStandards provides significant immediate benefit for standards documentation control, we are very excited about its future impact in the message testing process,” Downey said. “MyStandards re-engineers testing by eliminating the time lags involved with set up and communication link coordination, allowing clients to focus on the message content. The net result is a greatly reduced implementation timeframe.” SWIFTSWIFT is a member-owned cooperative that provides the communications platform, products and services to connect more than 10,000 banking organisations, securities institutions and corporate customers in 212 countries and territories. SWIFT enables its users to exchange automated, standardised financial information securely and reliably, thereby lowering costs, reducing operational risk and eliminating operational inefficiencies. SWIFT also brings the financial community together to work collaboratively to shape market practice, define standards and debate issues of mutual interest. 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. We serve approximately 52 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,400 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.