Fixed-Income Investing

Investment Choices Overview > Fixed Income & Bonds

Generating income from your portfolio with fixed-income investments

Fixed-income securities, including bonds, may be a good choice for investors seeking to build a balanced portfolio. In addition to helping offset risk, they may offer the opportunity to generate income from a variety of investment choices, including U.S. Treasuries, corporate bonds, municipal bonds, agency bonds and CDs.
May be a good move for...
  • Building a balanced portfolio
  • Generating retirement income
  • Helping reduce portfolio volatility
  • Pursuing long-term and short-term goals
  • New and experienced investors
 
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Streamline your investing

At Merrill Edge®, you'll have the ability to invest in a range of fixed income investments, including bonds, mutual funds and ETFs. You may also consider working with a Merrill Edge Financial Solutions Advisor™ to select a Merrill Edge Select® Portfolio aligned to your investment goals. Investors also have access to banking solutions, including CDs offered by Bank of America and annuities offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency, Inc.
 
 
Merrill Edge Select Funds are pre-screened by Merrill Lynch professionals
Start your search for fixed income investments that may be right for you with Merrill Edge Select® Funds1
pre-screened by the professionals at Merrill Lynch.
 
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Pursue your financial goals with advice and guidance from a licensed Merrill Edge Financial Solutions Advisor™—and ask about getting your own Merrill Edge Roadmap® to help you make a plan and stay on track.2
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Find the investments that may be right for you

Whether you're seeking a steady stream of income or want to lessen risk in your portfolio, Merrill Edge offers direct access to a broad array of fixed-income securities as well as fixed-income mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Merrill Edge offers the tools, research and guidance to help you find the investments that may be right for your portfolio.
 
Use our tools to find investments

Search for fixed-income investments your way

Take advantage of our powerful screening tools and search for municipal, treasuries and corporate bonds based on ratings, potential yields and maturity dates. Or choose your own search criteria.
 
Merrill Edge Select Funds are pre-screened by Merrill Lynch professionals

Simplify your search for fixed-income investments

Simplify your search for fixed-income investments with Merrill Edge Select® Funds—evaluated and categorized by Merrill Lynch investment professionals.
 
Ratings, research and insights to help inform your investment decisions

Make informed investment decisions

Access independent ratings and research reports from S&P, Capital IQ and Moody's. And, get up-to-the-minute news from Dow Jones, Thomson Reuters, PR Newswire and Business Wire.
 
Compare investment bonds on a number of characteristics

Compare bonds at a glance

View rating, bond type, industry sector, issuer, issue date, settlement date, minimum order, yield and more.
 
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Invest with confidence

Set up customizable alerts based on price, volume, ratings, news and more. And uncover hidden concentrations in your portfolio with Portfolio X-Ray® by Morningstar.3
 
Looking for investment advice and guidance?
Pursue your financial goals with advice and guidance from a licensed Merrill Edge Financial Solutions Advisor™—and ask about getting your own Merrill Edge Roadmap® to help you make a plan and stay on track.2
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Getting started is as easy as 1-2-3

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Open your account
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Fund in one of four ways
Fund your account instantly in real time from your eligible linked Bank of America bank account. Or, transfer funds to your account by check, by wire transfer, or by transferring or rolling over an existing account.4 Learn how to fund your account.
 
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Start investing
  • Create an investment strategy with help from easy-to-use planning tools like the Asset Allocator™
  • Start your search for the investments that may be right for you with our powerful screeners and independent research. Simplify your search using streamlined lists of stocks, ETFs and mutual funds evaluated by Merrill Lynch research teams.
  • Manage your portfolio with anytime, anywhere access to your Merrill Edge investment account—online, on your mobile device and at thousands of Bank of America ATMs
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Simple flat-rate pricing

Our transparent, easy-to-understand fee structure means no unexpected charges—and no surprises. Keeping it simple makes it easy for you to keep your costs in check. See fee details.
Fixed Income Costs
U.S. Treasury: bills, notes and bonds
Agency: discounts, notes and bonds
Zero coupon bonds: corporate, government and agency
Municipal bonds
Corporate bonds
Brokered certificates of deposit
Price and yield as quoted
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Investing in fixed-income securities may involve certain risks, including the credit quality of individual issuers, possible prepayments, market or economic developments and yields and share price fluctuations due to changes in interest rates. When interest rates go up, bond prices typically drop, and vice versa.

Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.


1 Merrill Edge Select® Funds meet a proprietary screening process developed by the Investment Management Group (IMG) of Merrill Lynch. The listing contains no-load funds with no transaction fees and load-waived funds (other fees and expenses apply) that are open for new and subsequent purchases. Available funds have a minimum initial investment of no more than $3,000. Each fund must have $100 million or greater ($500 million for Large Cap funds) in assets under management across all share classes offered by the fund. Note that index funds are not included in Merrill Edge Select™ Funds. To learn more about the Merrill Edge Select Funds methodology, go to http://www.merrilledge.com/research/select-fund-research.

2 Merrill Edge Roadmap® is available with a Merrill Edge Advisory Center™ account.

3 The data and investment information in Portfolio X-Ray® is provided by Morningstar. Merrill Edge offers access to Portfolio X-Ray as a courtesy to its clients. It is for information purposes only, and Merrill Edge does not control or validate it. Morningstar's securities classifications may differ from those used by other sources, including Merrill Edge. Please note: If you have questions, refer to your statement, which is the official record of your account.

4 You have choices for what to do with your employer sponsored retirement plan. Depending on your financial circumstances, needs and goals, you may choose to roll over to an IRA or convert to a Roth, roll over to an employer sponsored plan from a prior employer to an employer sponsored plan at your new employer, take a distribution or leave the account where it is. Each choice may offer different investment options and services, fees and expenses, withdrawal options, required minimum distributions, tax treatment and provide different protection from creditors and legal judgments. These are complex choices and should be considered with care. Visit http://www.merrilledge.com/retirement/rollover-ira or call a Merrill Edge rollover specialist at 1.888.637.3343 for additional information about your choices.

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