Comparison table data based on pricing as of of 8/15/2014 and excludes special promotional offerings.
E*TRADE's standard online price for equity, ETF or option trade is $9.99, $7.99 for customers who trade at least 150 times per quarter, $6.99 for customers who trade 1,500+ times per quarter
For TD Ameritrade ETFs: the ETF must be on list of 100+ commission-free ETFs and must be held for a minimum of 30 days in order to not incur a fee. Also, the user must be enrolled to qualify.
Price per non-Schwab ETF
Price per non-iShare ETF
$0 trades are only available with an individual or joint Merrill Edge self-directed brokerage account. When placing a trade, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (MLPF&S) determines whether you meet the balance or relationship requirements to qualify that trade for the $0 waiver. To determine the number of qualifying trades, MLPF&S adds the qualifying trades in your individual accounts and joint accounts. Commission fees apply when qualification requirements are not met, or when you exceed the number of qualifying trades a month. Brokerage fees associated with, but not limited to, margin transactions, option trading, special stock registration/gifting, account transfer and processing, research request and termination apply.
a) Commissions are waived for 30 online equity trades each month including stock and exchange traded funds (ETFs) on behalf of MLPF&S, for customers who meet any one of the following criteria:
i) Combined total of $25,000 or more in your deposit accounts at Bank of America, N.A.. MLPF&S adds the average collected balances in your deposit accounts as of the prior month to the balances in your bank CD and IRAs as of the prior business day. Bank deposit accounts with the same Social Security number (SSN) as the SSN(s) on the self-directed brokerage account are systematically included in the balance determination. Standard deposit account fees apply.
ii) Or combined balance of $25,000 or more in cash balances in one or more of the following sweep options in your Merrill Edge self-directed account(s) as of the prior business day:
- Bank Deposit Accounts sweep option with your Cash Management Account® (CMA®)
- Retirement Assets Savings Program II sweep with your IRA
iii) Or Client of U.S. Trust
iv) Or Client of Platinum Privileges
v) Or Client of Preferred Rewards Platinum
b) Commissions are waived for 100 online equity trades each month including stock and ETFs on behalf of MLPF&S, for customers who meet any one of the following criteria:
i) A Client of Preferred Rewards Platinum Honors
ii) Or Client of Banking Rewards Wealth Management U.S. Trust
This offer does not apply to Business/Corporate Accounts, Investment Club Accounts, Partnership Accounts and certain fiduciary accounts held at MLPF&S. Other fees and restrictions may apply. Relationship requirements and pricing are subject to change and/or termination without advance notice. To learn more about the ways to qualify for $0 trades, call 1.888.MER.EDGE (1.888.637.3343).
You automatically enjoy status in the Platinum Privileges® program if you have an active Bank of America personal checking account and maintain at least $50,000 as a combined balance in your Bank of America deposit accounts and/or your Merrill Edge brokerage accounts. Platinum Privileges® is not available to U.S. Trust and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management clients. Please speak with your U.S. Trust advisor or Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor for information about the enhanced banking benefits available to you through your wealth management relationship. We will no longer enroll customers into the Platinum Privileges program under the following schedule: as of June 30, 2013 in the states of KS, MO, NV, SC and WA; as of May 31, 2014 in the states of AR, IA, MA, ME, NH, NM, OK, RI,TX, AZ, CA, ID and OR; as of July 26, 2014 for all other states.
You qualify for benefits in the Preferred Rewards program if you enroll in the program, have an active Bank of America personal checking account and maintain a three month average combined balance in your qualifying Bank of America deposit accounts and/or your qualifying Merrill Edge and Merrill Lynch investment accounts of at least $20,000 for the Gold tier, $50,000 for the Platinum tier, or $100,000 for the Platinum Honors tier. For details on Employee qualification requirements, please visit the Employee Banking & Investments website. Customers will be able to enroll in Preferred Rewards under the following schedule: beginning September 2013 in the states of KS, MO, NV, SC and WA; beginning June 23, 2014 in the states of AR, IA, MA, ME, NH, NM, OK, RI and TX; beginning June 28, 2014 in the states of AZ, CA, ID and OR; beginning September 8, 2014 in the states of MI, IL, IN, TN, NC, GA, FL; and all other states beginning September 29, 2014. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management clients with greater than $250,000 in assets with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch are eligible for additional banking benefits. Please speak with your Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor for details.
Equity securities sold through Merrill Edge self-directed investing are subject to stock market fluctuations that occur in response to economic and business developments.
Option trading entails significant risk and is not appropriate for all investors. Certain requirements must be met to trade options through Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated. Options may not be suitable for all investors. Please read the options disclosure document entitled "Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options" before considering any option transaction. Contact 1.877.653.4732, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Eastern for a copy. A separate client agreement is required to trade options.
While no-load funds do not assess sales charges, fund shares are subject to management fees and certain other expenses. Redemption fees may also apply. Merrill Lynch receives remuneration from participating fund companies. In addition to receiving dealer concessions and asset-based sales charges and/or services fees in connection with clients' purchasing and holding mutual fund shares, Merrill Lynch and its affiliates provide other services for which they may receive additional compensation from funds or their affiliates. This compensation is generally disclosed in a fund's prospectus which is available from an Investment Center representative
and in the Guide to Mutual Fund Investing, which is available here
. For specific mutual fund family compensation information, please contact the Investment Center.
Fund shares may be redeemed directly with the Fund without payment of the Merrill Lynch Short-Term Redemption fee. Additional transfer fees may apply.
Many Load Funds offer various sales charge discounts or waivers depending on the terms of the prospectus and/or statement of additional information. You should consult a fund's prospectus and/or statement of additional information to determine whether you may qualify for a discount or waiver. Notify an Investment Center representative if you believe you qualify for any of these discounts or waivers. Call the Investment Center at 1.877.653.4732 for assistance.
Fixed income orders contain order information on Agency Discounts/Notes/Bonds, Certificates of Deposit, Corporate Bonds, Municipal Bonds and Treasury Bond investment vehicles.
Exchange Traded Funds are subject to risks similar to those of stocks. Investment returns may fluctuate and are subject to market volatility, so that an investor's shares, when redeemed or sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost.
A Brokered Certificate of Deposit is different than a bank Certificate of Deposit. It is sold for a bank by a broker while a Certificate of Deposit can be purchased directly from a bank. Brokered CDs may offer higher rates of return, but their value may fluctuate with changing interest rates. Banking products are provided by Bank of America, N.A. and affiliated banks. Members FDIC and wholly owned subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation.
The offering of cash rewards, free trades, waiver of fees (including account fees), and/or any other thing of value may not be used as an inducement to sell any kind of insurance, including life insurance or annuities.