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BofA Merrill unveils new features on options trading platform

First Published 13th November 2015

Improvements to Trader Instinct platform include new algorithms and direct option market data feeds.

New York - Bank of America Merrill Lynch has unveiled new features on its trading and consulting platform, which it says will provide buy and sell-side clients with more efficient order handling and improved fill rates for options trading.

Trader Instinct, the firm's multi-asset global trading platform, provides a range of customizable trading solutions to meet client objectives. The new enhancements to the Instinct Options component of the platform include an infrastructure upgrade, a range of new algorithms, and direct option market data feeds for improved processing.

According to Meaghan Dugan, head of Electronic Options Product, "The investment into Instinct Options demonstrates BofA Merrill's ongoing commitment to evolve our platform and continually create value for our clients.

"The U.S. options market continues to change in complexity, and our clients are increasingly looking to us for smarter and more effective ways to capture liquidity. We are proud to unveil the new functionality and features that will deliver options trading execution and consulting through one intelligent platform."

Features of the Instinct Options platform include:

Infrastructure hardware upgrades.
Advanced market data processing.
TWAP (Time Weighted Average Price) algorithm.
Display quantity randomization.
Delta-adjusted performance improvements.
Exchange crossing order mechanisms: price improvement, facilitation, solicitation, and customer match.