Last week, I was contacted by a reporter from FundFire looking for my comments on a new feature that Merrill Lynch has implemented as part of their $100 million platform consolidation project. The project, called Merrill One, is replacing five other legacy programs, some of which have been running for over 25 years. She was interested in my opinion as to whether the rest of the industry is also moving in this direction and what progress they have made so far.
The new platform is designed to deliver a streamlined experience to Merrill’s 1.4 million clients in managed account programs. It includes a single set of documents, no matter how many different types of accounts or products the client has as well as a unified fee structure. If all of this is delivered, it will keep Merrill on the cutting edge of investment advisory technology.