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Bank of America Merrill Lynch Trading Solutions Now Available to Fidessa Group’s Canadian Clients for the First Time

Bank of America Merrill Lynch today announced it has been successfully integrated and certified into Fidessa’s Canadian trading platform, giving Fidessa’s Canadian clients the opportunity to access to the BofA Merrill Trader Instinct® suite of trading solutions for the first time.

BofA Merrill’s Trader Instinct is a global trading and consulting platform that provides clients access to unique liquidity and the tools to maximize their trading strategies. Clients benefit from access to the electronic trading tools and state-of-the-art infrastructure used by BofA Merrill’s internal trading desk such as the firm’s crossing product and registered Alternative Trading System (ATS).

Bill Stein, director of Electronic Trading, BofA Merrill said, “Through this arrangement, Fidessa’s Canadian clients will now have the ability to deploy an extensive range of our flagship strategies, along with the ability to interact with BofA Merrill’s diverse client flow.

“We have been certified on the Fidessa U.S. platform since 2008, and this arrangement builds upon our strong track record of working together. We are delighted to extend the reach and breadth of our products into the Canadian market through our integration onto the Fidessa platform.”

Martin Hakker, CEO of Fidessa Canada, added, “We are really pleased to be able to offer the Trader Instinct suite to our Canadian client base. We have a strong partnership with BofA Merrill across the world, and with this integrated offering, we continue to put the power in the hands of the client.”

Fidessa clients in both Canada and the U.S. can now access the full suite Trader Instinct including:

  • Instinct X® – BofA Merrill’s crossing product and registered ATS. It supports numerous liquidity sources, offering clients the opportunity to achieve execution consistent with instructions. Liquidity sources include client algorithmic orders, high-touch trading desks, private client flows and market makers.
  • Canada electronic trading – trading across inter-listed stocks with ability to benefit from differences in trading volumes between U.S. and Canadian exchanges, real-time FX rates and consolidated market data.
  • Algorithmic trading including:
    • Instinct flagship strategy, which uses real-time quantitative signals to react to market conditions in a range of market caps and conditions.
    • Liquidity-seeking strategies for effectively accessing dark, lit and natural liquidity.
    • Schedule-based strategies that aim to execute an order against industry standard benchmarks such as arrival price, VWAP and interval volume.
    • Instinct ETF for optimal ETF executions through analyzing liquidity of the ETF and its constituents and futures to create an execution strategy that access all three assets

BofA Merrill has been servicing the Canadian market since 1947 and currently has a workforce of more than 600, including 75 in its Global Markets business. Canadian clients benefit from BofA Merrill’s global platform and expertise, along with its multi-award-winning research capability. Canada’s research team currently covers two-thirds of the Toronto Stock Exchange’s aggregate market capitalization.

Bank of America
Bank 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 48 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 4,800 retail financial centers and approximately 15,900 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 31 million active users and approximately 17 million mobile 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 all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and more than 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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