Stocks, bonds and ETFs provide the opportunity to build a diversified portfolio of investments to help meet your risk tolerance and retirement investment
Merrill Edge offers comprehensive access to the stock market so you can be confident you'll find investments to help meet your investing style and goals.
Stocks are a riskier investment than bonds, but in exchange for risk, they offer the opportunity for capital appreciation and can potentially boost total return in a portfolio of stocks and bonds.
Merrill Edge offers access to a broad range of individual bonds (Treasury, corporate, municipal, etc.). A bond is an investment vehicle representing a loan to a corporation, government or municipality. Bonds are generally considered a more conservative investment than stocks and are often used to diversify a portfolio of stocks or to generate regular income.
Generally, bonds pay a fixed interest rate and return the principal investment at maturity. Bonds issued by the U.S. government are guaranteed as to the timely payment of principal and interest if held to maturity; other bonds are not guaranteed and carry varying degrees of credit risk.
An exchange-traded fund1 (ETF) is a type of index fund that is traded on the exchange like a stock. ETFs are designed to track a market index similar to an index mutual fund, but they trade on an exchange like stocks, offering the added benefit of liquidity. ETFs offer diversified exposure to a portfolio of securities based on the index that the ETF is designed to track.
Powerful Tools & Research
Our online investing service offers sophisticated resources to help you select the products that may meet your needs:
- Screeners filter quickly through thousands of securities based on the criteria you set.
- Customizable charts show how your securities’ performance stacks up to published indices.
- Watchlists powered with streaming quotes.
- Snapshots display all of the details you need on one page for each security.
- News feeds will keep you informed of the industry at large.
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