As of October 1, 2013, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. was acquired by Bank of America Corporation. Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides investment, financing, and other related services to individuals and institutions in the United States and internationally. The company conducts selling and trading activities, and acts as a market maker in securities, derivatives, currencies, and other financial instruments; distributes fixed income, currency, commodity and equity products, and derivatives; and provides financing, securities clearing, settlement, and custody services, as well as engages in principal investing activities. It also assists clients in raising capital through underwritings and private placements of equity, debt and related securities, and loan syndications; and offers advisory services on strategic issues, valuation, mergers, acquisitions, and restructurings. In addition, the company provides brokerage, investment advisory, and financial planning services; and proprietary and third-party wealth management products and services comprising financial, retirement, and generational planning products and services to individuals, small-to mid-size businesses, and employee benefit plans, as well as creates and manages wealth management products, such as alternative investment products. Further, it is involved in origination, brokerage, dealer, and related activities in swaps, options, forwards, exchange-traded futures, other derivatives, commodities, and foreign exchange products. Additionally, the company offers investment management and advisory, and related record-keeping services; securities clearance, settlement financing, and prime brokerage services; and research services. It serves corporations, governments, institutions, and individuals. Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. was founded in 1914 and was based in New York, New York.