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    White Paper
    • May, 2013
    This paper shares independent research findings demonstrating how participants enrolled in an advice program such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Advice Access may obtain better retirement outcomes than those who invest on their own, and the benefits may be significant over time.  Request the Full Paper >
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    White Paper
    • Dec., 2013
    This quarterly scorecard monitors plan participant behavior and plan sponsor adoption of new plan design features and services in our proprietary 401(k) business.
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    Case Study
    • Apr., 2014
    Universal Music Group (UMG), owned by Vivendi, is the world's largest music content company with market-leading positions in recorded music, music publishing and merchandising. As a truly global company, Vivendi wanted to streamline how UMG interacted with its banks by using the ISO 20022 XML standard for UMG's credit transfer messages and SWIFTNet for data transmission. In the U.S., where UMG works with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the bank supported this change. It also worked to ensure UMG's lockbox and Payee Positive Pay would continue to function effectively following its migration to a new SAP environment, prompting the move to the ISO 20022 XML standard.
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    Article
    • Apr., 2014
    As AIFMD comes into law, fund managers both inside and outside of Europe need to ready themselves for compliance. In particular, fund managers will need to appoint a depositary, placing more emphasis on their relationships with service providers including custodians, prime brokers and administrators. Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Joanne Gill, regional head EMEA—Global Custody & Agency Services, tells GC's Jake Safane about the impact this regulation will have and how firms are preparing for the changes.
  • white_paper
    White Paper
    • Mar., 2014
    Our fourth-quarter and full-year results demonstrate that when intelligent plan design is combined with hands-on assistance, employees are more likely to participate and engage with the plan.
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    Article
    • Mar., 2014
    With over 70 bank accounts and more than a significant number of signers, USI was looking to improve visibility and strengthen controls over bank account activities such as opening and closing accounts and changing signatories. It was evident that a more automated process with reporting and audit trails was required to manage the frequent changes required in their business. The company recognized the benefits offered by electronic bank account management (eBAM). Keen to embrace cutting-edge treasury technology, USI worked with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and a treasury systems vendor to adopt an eBAM solution using ISO 20022 XML. In 2013, USI became the bank's first pilot client to go live with eBAM.
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    White Paper
    • Mar., 2014
    Managing cash in stores remains a major challenge for retailers. Cash is expensive to process and secure. In addition, trapped cash hinders working capital management: When cash sits in registers and in cash rooms, it is unavailable for investment, debt repayment or business expansion. Market leaders are meeting this challenge by developing new ways to manage store cash. This articles covers trends impacting the management of coin and currency in the retail industry and explore new technology solutions aimed at improving store efficiency and reducing costs.
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