Clearing and Financing

Awards & Recognition

  • Global Custodian Prime Brokerage Survey


Clearing and Financing Solutions are an integral part of the BofA Merrill Lynch Global Markets Execution Services product suite. For over 25 years we have offered services to a broad range of clients consisting of hedge funds, professional traders including market makers and proprietary trading firms, ECNs/AT Ss, research sales and trading firms, advisors, and investment banks. We are committed to servicing our clients’ equity, option, fixed income, and futures clearing needs and providing best in class financing, stock loan, FX, SWAP and prime brokerage products.

We have experience serving mature businesses and helping start-ups. We understand the unique needs of our clients and work to provide the solutions to help them grow. For hedge funds we offer a highly praised Capital Introductions team that hosts over 40 events annually on a global basis and provides services ranging from working with clients on their marketing documentation and presentation skills, to organizing one-on-one road shows with investors and investor/manager round tables.

Client Types

  • Banks

  • Broker Dealers

  • Hedge Funds

  • Investment Advisors

  • Mutual Funds

  • Pension Funds

  • Proprietary Trading Firms

  • ECN/ATSs

  • Designated Market Makers (DMM)

Execution Products

  • Algorithms

  • Smart Order Routing

  • Direct Market Access

  • Crossing

  • Portfolio Trading

  • Co-Location

  • Global Capabilities

Clearing and Financing Services

  • Financial Futures

  • Equities

  • Options

  • Fixed Income

  • ETFs

  • ADRs/GDRs

  • Custody Services

  • Stock Loan

  • Financing

  • Risk/Margin Analysis

  • Consolidated Position and Trade Reporting

  • Middle Office Support

  • Introduced Prime Brokerage

  • Vendor Support


Global Hedge Fund Industry Overview

GlobalHedge Fund IndustryOverview– SecondQuarter 2014 Executive Summary

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Non-Traditional Mutual Funds Top 100 Fund Analysts

The marketplace for alternative strategy mutual funds, referred to as NTMFs1, has gained traction among alternative investment asset managers as a source for broader access to investors. The number of NTMFs has significantly increased throughout the years, offering a diverse range of products with daily liquidity and lower minimums, which essentially allows for wider distribution to both retail and institutional channels.

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Global Prime Brokerage Technology Enhancements

Delivering market-leading global prime brokerage services requires ongoing investment in straight-through processing, operational tools and other key functionality. Following is a description of enhancements to our Prime Brokerage portal, cross-asset class reporting and client connectivity.

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White Paper

JOBS Act: Implications, Implementation, and Predictions

The JOBS Act may drive sweeping changes to the U.S. financial services industry, in particular, a large number of "under the radar" hedge fund managers will become more public in order to raise their profile for both institutional and high net worth (HNW) investors.

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AIFMD Implications for Non-EU Managers

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) aims to provide harmonised regulatory standards for all entities that manage or market Alternative Investment Funds (AIFs) in Europe. The regulation will affect a range of firms including hedge funds, fund of hedge funds, private equity, venture capital funds and property funds. 2015 ESMA will review the passporting system and consider extending this to non-EU AIFs and non-EU AIFMs (e.g. Cayman funds). 2018 ESMA to publish a report on passport functioning. Private placements may be phased out in 2018. The private placement regimes are optional for Member States but the UK is expected to keep its existing regime in place.

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