Exhibit 99.1



To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of
   Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.:

We have audited the consolidated financial statements of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. and subsidiaries (“Merrill Lynch”) as of December 27, 2002 and December 28, 2001, and for each of the three years in the period ended December 27, 2002, and have issued our report thereon dated February 24, 2003. Such consolidated financial statements and our report thereon are incorporated by reference in Part II, Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data,” of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

We have also previously audited, in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America, the consolidated balance sheets of Merrill Lynch as of December 29, 2000, December 31, 1999 and December 25, 1998, and the related consolidated statements of earnings, changes in stockholders’ equity, comprehensive income, and cash flows for the years ended December 31, 1999 and December 25, 1998 (none of which are presented herein); and we expressed unqualified opinions on those consolidated financial statements. (Our report on the 1999 consolidated financial statements included an explanatory paragraph for the change in accounting method in 1998 for certain internal-use software development costs to conform with Statement of Position 98-1.) In our opinion, the information set forth in Exhibit 12 under the captions “Ratio of Earnings to Fixed Charges” and “Ratio of Earnings to Combined Fixed Charges and Preferred Stock Dividends” for each of the five years in the period ended December 27, 2002 included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, is fairly stated, in all material respects, in relation to the consolidated financial statements from which it has been derived.


New York, New York
February 24, 2003