Independent Auditors' Report
To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.:
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. and subsidiaries
("Merrill Lynch") as of December 29, 2000 and December 31, 1999 and the related consolidated statements of
earnings, changes in stockholders’ equity, comprehensive income and cash flows for each of the three years in the
period ended December 29, 2000. These financial statements are the responsibility of Merrill Lynch’s management.
Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.
We conducted our audits in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of
America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether
the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence
supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting
principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement
presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
In our opinion, such consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position
of Merrill Lynch at December 29, 2000 and December 31, 1999, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for
each of the three years in the period ended December 29, 2000 in conformity with accounting principles generally
accepted in the United States of America.
New York, New York
February 26, 2001