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Bank of America Global Wealth and Investment Management

PRI reporting framework 2018

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(Proxy) voting and shareholder resolutions

Overview

LEA 15. Voting policy & approach

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15.1. Indicate whether your organisation has a formal voting policy.

15.2. Indicate what your voting policy covers:

15.3. Attach or provide a URL to your voting policy. [Optional]

15.4. Provide a brief overview of your organization’s approach to (proxy) voting.

U.S. Trust clients delegate authority to U.S. Trust to vote proxies on their behalf.  U.S. Trust has a fiduciary focused proxy voting policy and custom guidelines and employs Glass Lewis to execute the votes.  Clients may also withhold this delegation and vote themselves if they choose to do so.

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management clients enrolled in our investment advisory programs directly determine how to vote their proxies. Through our investment advisory agreement, clients may delegate proxy voting authority directly to ISS or elect to vote proxies themselves.  As part of delegating to ISS, clients may, at their discretion, choose among the ISS Benchmark, ISS Socially Responsible Investing, and ISS Catholic proxy voting guidelines.

 


Process

LEA 16. Typical approach to (proxy) voting decisions

16.1. Indicate how you typically make your (proxy) voting decisions.

Approach

Based on

          See LEA 16.2 for full response.
        

16.2. Provide an overview of how you ensure your voting policy is adhered to, giving details of your approach when exceptions to the policy are made (if applicable).

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management clients enrolled in our investment advisory programs directly determine how to vote their proxies. Through our investment advisory agreement, clients may delegate proxy voting authority directly to ISS or elect to vote proxies themselves.  As part of delegating to ISS, clients may, at their discretion, choose among the ISS Benchmark, ISS Socially Responsible Investing, and ISS Catholic proxy voting guidelines.

MAA and MLPFS perform due diligence on ISS to determine that it has the capacity and competency to adequately analyze proxy issues and can make such voting recommendations in an impartial manner and in the best interests of clients.

For matters over which ISS has a conflict or is otherwise unable to vote (called Specified Investments), the proxy committee of MAA or MLPF&S, as applicable, will have the authority to vote proxies in accordance with its proxy voting policies and procedures. MAA or MLPF&S does not assume proxy voting authority for securities except with respect to Specified Investments. For proxies neither covered by ISS nor included as Specified Investments, the client will retain the right to vote those proxies.

16.3. Additional information.[Optional]

U.S. Trust clients delegate authority to U.S. Trust to vote proxies on their behalf.  U.S. Trust employs Glass Lewis with a specific fiduciary focused proxy voting policy and guidelines to execute the votes.  Clients may also withhold this delegation and vote themselves if they choose to do so.

 


LEA 17. Percentage of voting recommendations reviewed (Not Applicable)


LEA 18. Confirmation of votes (Private)


LEA 19. Securities lending programme (Private)


LEA 20. Informing companies of the rationale of abstaining/voting against management

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20.1. Indicate whether you or the service providers acting on your behalf raise any concerns with companies ahead of voting

20.2. Indicate whether you and/or the service provider(s) acting on your behalf, communicate the rationale to companies, when , you abstain or vote against management recommendations.

20.3. Additional information. [Optional]


Outputs and outcomes

LEA 21. Percentage of (proxy) votes cast

21.1. For listed equities where you and/or your service provider have the mandate to issue (proxy) voting instructions, indicate the percentage of votes cast during the reporting year.

Votes cast (to the nearest 1%)

100 %

Specify the basis on which this percentage is calculated

21.2. Explain your reason(s) for not voting certain holdings

21.3. Additional information. [Optional]


LEA 22. Proportion of ballot items that were for/against/abstentions

22.1. Indicate if you track the voting instructions that you and/or your service provider on your behalf have issued.

22.4. Additional information. [Optional]


LEA 23. Shareholder resolutions (Private)


LEA 24. Examples of (proxy) voting activities (Not Completed)


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