BofA Merrill Named an Innovator by Global Finance Magazine

Recognized in Three Categories: Foreign Exchange, Trade Finance and Transaction Services

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 9:00 am EDT

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has received recognition from Global Finance magazine in the publication’s program, The Innovators 2016, which recognizes innovations in trade finance, corporate finance, transaction services, and foreign exchange. BofA Merrill was named an innovator for its original products and solutions in three categories:

  • Foreign Exchange – Product Innovation: Cross-Currency ACH

  • Trade Finance – Process Innovation: Bank of America Merrill Lynch CashPro Trade™, Document Retrieval Solution

  • Transaction Services – Process Innovation: Digitized Wholesale Lockbox

“We’re very proud to receive industry recognition for these innovations that were launched in response to client demand,” said Ather Williams, head of Global Transaction Services. “In this increasingly digitized global marketplace, we understand that innovation is critical to helping our clients adapt to macro trends that are fundamentally changing their businesses.”  Such trends include the increasing globalization of the consumer base, the growing dominance of the millennial generation, new payment options, and structural changes in the global payments networks.

"We are honored to be named an innovator by Global Finance magazine,” said Paul Simpson, Global Banking and Markets Operations executive. “Innovation gives us the opportunity to tap into the enormous wealth of experience, skills and intellect of our employees to deliver solutions that make it easier and faster for clients to do business with us.”

Writing about their selection process, Global Finance commented: “The selection board considered nominations and submissions, key research and the input of experts in evaluating those banks and service providers that stand out for their transformative products and solutions. The OECD’s Oslo Manual of Innovation was referenced when considering firms for inclusion, citing four types of innovation: product innovation; process innovation; marketing innovation; and organizational innovation.”

Cross-currency ACH

BofA Merrill’s cross-currency ACH payment capability enables clients to send payments to recipients in foreign countries/currencies using the destination countries’ domestic clearing system. Through a proprietary network of branches, local banks and global payments partners, BofA Merrill has built the largest footprint of cross-currency ACH payments of any bank, delivering both high- and low-value payments in 38 unique currencies and 76 countries/territories with plans to add more markets in the coming years.

Document retrieval solution

In 2015, BofA Merrill enhanced its trade and supply chain finance portal, CashPro Trade, with an innovative solution for document retrieval using data capture technology. The data capture technology allows metadata, such as invoice numbers and dollar amounts, to be recognized during a document search. The result is a simpler and better client experience that improves supply chain efficiency while enabling more effective working capital management.

Digitized wholesale lockbox

Also last year, BofA Merrill transformed its lockbox process from a manual, paper intensive state to one centered on automated image data capture. The patented technology used to digitize our lockbox process leverages intelligent sorting and workflow capabilities. By integrating manual functions into the lockbox platform we have significantly reduced cost, improved timeliness, accuracy, and enhanced the clients’ experience.

Global Finance
Global Finance, founded in 1987, has a circulation of 50,050 and readers in 180 countries. Global Finance’s audience includes senior corporate and financial officers responsible for making investment and strategic decisions at multinational companies and financial institutions. Global Finance also targets the 8,000 international portfolio investors responsible for more than 80% of all global assets under professional management.

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