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We analyze real-time pricing information and historical trading data to detect and route your orders to the market center providing the best available price.
We tactically break orders into smaller pieces as needed, routing them to multiple market centers for display or execution.
We constantly monitor execution quality of all trading venues to ensure that your order is routed to the market center that provides superior execution quality.
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Effective Quoted Ratio

The Effective/Quoted Ratio compares the average effective spread with the quoted spread, or the difference between National Best Bid and Offer (NBBO) at time of order entry and a firm's trade execution. When an order is executed exactly at the NBBO, the Effective/Quoted Ratio is 100%.
Source: S3, a third-party analytics provider. All figures are based on publicly available 605 statistics involving orders of 100–1,999 shares. Figures include S&P 500 stocks only, for the 4th quarter ending December 31, 2021.
Percentages lower than 100 indicate a better execution
Industry average
National Best Bid and Offer

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References to NBBO are measured from the time orders are presented to Merrill's market center affiliate (BofA Securities, Inc.) BofA Securities, Inc. ("BofAS") is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC popup and wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation.

Merrill does not receive payment for order flow from liquidity providers to which we route our customer orders in equity securities. Merrill receives rebates from, and pay fees to, certain registered securities exchanges for providing or taking liquidity on those exchanges, according to those exchanges' published fee schedules approved by the SEC. In some cases, the rebates received by Merrill from an exchange may, over a period of time, exceed the fees paid to the exchange. Merrill may also participate in the options order flow programs sponsored by the NYSE American Options, the NYSE Arca Options, the Cboe options exchanges, and the Nasdaq options exchanges. These exchange-sponsored programs offer payments for listed option orders that are directed to such options markets. Additional information on Merrill's order routing and rebates are available on Merrill's Rule 606 reports.
Routing Disclosures Made Pursuant to Rule 606 of SEC Regulation NMS
Rule 606 of SEC Regulation NMS requires broker-dealers receiving non-directed client orders to publicly disclose, on a quarterly basis, the top execution venues to which such orders are routed for execution. Broker-dealers also must disclose material aspects of the relationships they maintain with the identified execution venues. The Rule 606 statistics for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated are available for public review on the Public S3 website. The Rule 606 statistics for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated prior to Q1 2020 are available for public review on the VistaOne Solutions website.

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