Bank of America Merrill Lynch has relaunched a retirement services platform for companies with fewer than 100 employees.
The Advisor Alliance platform will allow Merrill Lynch advisers to sell recordkeeping and retirement plan administration services to small-business owners.
Advisers can use the portal to review the investment performance of retirement plan funds and generate customizable quarterly plan sponsor investment review reports for small-business owners.
Through this reporting and online "dashboard" view of a retirement plan portfolio, advisers can help plan sponsors determine on an ongoing basis how funds are performing relative to their peers and, when appropriate, present alternative funds to replace poor performers.
More than 8,000 of Merrill's 15,000 advisers are working with small-business owners. This year there have been more than 1,400 small-business client referrals into the Bank of America Merrill Lynch institutional retirement business from Bank of America's global commercial bank.
The relaunch of the platform was announced on June 3.