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SEC Rule 606 Reports – Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated
Disclosure Information: Material Aspects of Relationships with Venues to Which Customer Orders are Routed Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“MLPF&S”) is a broker-dealer that executes customer orders as agent and/or principal and receives remuneration for performing these execution services. MLPF&S acts as a registered market maker in numerous Nasdaq securities and may execute customer orders in such securities on a principal basis. MLPF&S also may principally commit capital to facilitate customer transactions or serve as the contra-side to customer orders executed internally through one of the alternative trading systems operated by MLPF&S.
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Aside from holdings that MLPF&S may acquire from time-to-time as part of its ordinary market making, block positioning, client facilitation and related hedging activities, MLPF&S (or an affiliate under common control) may acquire equity stakes in market centers as part of a strategic investment. In this regard, MLPF&S or an affiliate owns a minority equity investment stake in the following market centers and therefore stands to participate as a shareholder/investor in the profits that each market center realizes in part from the execution of securities transactions, including transactions that may involve orders for the accounts of MLPF&S customers: (i) BATS Exchange, (ii) BIDS ATS, (iii) NYSE Amex, (iv) Chicago Stock Exchange, (v) Direct Edge Holdings (EDGA Exchange, EDGX Exchange and ISE Stock Exchange), (vi) eBX/LeveL ATS, (vii) NYSE Arca, (viii) NYSE Amex, (ix) CBOE C2, (x) Nasdaq Options Market, (xi) Nasdaq OMX Phlx.
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I’m now researching the UK business documents and will post that info in a separate post. Link to the UK data on their website is here:
Comment in Global Wealth Management documents :
Where this communication is sent by a branch of Merrill Lynch International Bank Limited, please note that mutual fund materials are only directed at persons to whom, and are distributed only to persons to whom, unregulated collective investment schemes may be promoted in accordance with the rules of the UK Financial Services Authority, including in particular Rule 3.11 of the Conduct of Business sourcebook (“relevant persons”). Such investments are available only to, and any invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe, purchase or otherwise acquire such investments will be engaged in only with, relevant persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on these materials. Merrill Lynch does not operate as a banking entity in all jurisdictions.
while its detailing that only the person whom it was sent to is whom can act on the offer- it reveals that the Financial Services Authority in UK allows Unregulated Collective Investment Schemes!
The Financial Services Authority is in charge of Regulating financial services – so why would it permit unregulated activities to be promoted to anyone?