Bank of America Merrill Lynch announced it has partnered with fintech firm CellTrust for messaging to clients; the new service will be focused on client to advisor text messages; the partnership will allow the bank to catalogue all communication with time and date stamps, tracking and logging activity; they plan to launch the new program over the next two months. Source.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch says they are implementing HighRadius, an enterprise software AI solution to speed up reconciliation of receivables; they specifically are looking to focus on the bank's largest business clients; HighRadius uses AI, machine learning and optical character recognition to match a payment to a receivable; this will help cut down on some of the labor intensive work and more efficiently be able to send payment reminders to clients; BAML is the latest bank using AI to improve processes and cut cost. Source
Bank of America Merrill Lynch has formed a partnership with quant hedge fund MANA Partners that will help the bank test algorithms to stay compliant with MiFID II in Europe; the testing environment allows for traders to see if algorithms are safe and how they affect other traders; the move is seen as part of a trend by banks to cut costs and get more efficient within their trading practices. Source.