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Bank of America Merrill Lynch launches algorithm suite for Brazilian equities

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch has expanded its global algorithmic trading platform into Brazil to meet increasing demand from international and local investors for more sophisticated trading products designed for Brazil’s Bovespa.

The new offering includes several of Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s most popular algorithms, including implementation shortfall and VWAP.

"Interest and liquidity in Brazilian stocks have risen significantly this year and as a result our international investor clients are asking for more sophisticated trading tools to access this market," says Steve Schneider, head of Latin America equities at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "We are also seeing increasing demand from our local high-touch trading clients, many of whom are now looking forward to using these new trading tools in Brazil.”

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has adapted its algorithmic trading suite for use in more than 30 countries, and since combining earlier this year the group has made more than 50 specific enhancements to its core algorithmic offering.

The algorithmic trading platform provides a suite of fully anonymous, flexible algorithms with access to unique forms of liquidity, including 15 core equity and six core options algorithms. Clients can customise algorithms to conform to their goals and benchmark risk tolerance, and use them to express views on alpha horizon, momentum versus mean reversion, and stock performance in absolute or relative terms.

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