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From High Touch to High Tech at Merrill

Traders Magazine, April 2005

Peter Chapman

Merrill Lynch, a block trading house long esteemed for the skills of its high-touch traders, is now embracing a more high-tech approach. New leaders at Merrill are promoting more computers in information-gathering as well as in the execution process. "We are investing in automation where it enhances the performance of the firm and the execution outcomes for our clients," says Mike Stewart, Merrill's newly appointed head of global cash equity trading.

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