A Transforming World


5 Global Forces Shaping the
Investment Landscape
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EARTH
Socially responsible investing
Matching your portfolio with a belief in a better world.
Solving the Energy Challenge
The soaring demand for energy presents economic, environmental and security issues. More efficient technologies may be the answer, says Sarbjit Nahal of BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research.
 
MARKETS
How to select bonds that match your goals & help you manage risk
Bonds can play an important role in diversifying an investment portfolio as long as investors understand the risks associated with investing in bonds.
 
Interest rates and your financial goals
Whether you're planning for retirement or your child's education, find out how to navigate a rising rate environment.
 
Managing fixed income when interest rates rise
Begin by taking a thoughtful approach. Consider total returns and not just current yields. Maintain a well-diversified portfolio.
Portfolio rebalancing
Is your portfolio in sync with your goals? See how rebalancing your portfolio, including reallocating stocks, bonds and cash, can be a critical step in helping you stay on track.
 
INNOVATION
A Conversation with GE's Jeffrey Immelt
The Chairman and CEO of one of American's most innovative companies discusses U.S. manufacturing, energy independence and how the latest technological breakthroughs are transforming our future.
Innovative companies may boost your returns
Industry leaders in R&D have shown the ability to generate shareholder value and may help you pursue your goals.
 
PEOPLE
Three trends changing our world
Demographic shifts are having a profound effect on our future — from healthcare and retirement to energy use and technology.
The end of old: A conversation about longevity
Jane Pauley moderates a panel discussion about the surprising ways that living longer is changing government, society and our lives.
 
 
GOVERNMENT
What 30-, 40- and 50-year-olds need to know about Social Security
Our expert panel discusses how Social Security will affect your retirement plans - and what you can do now to boost your retirement income later.
Tax-smart investment strategies your should consider
While taxes shouldn't necessarily drive your investment descisions, they are an important consideration.

Here's what you should know.
 
Stay ahead of tomorrow's health care costs
Taking a few steps now, while you're still working, to prepare for your health care costs in retirement can give you more choices down the road.
 
 
In a world where change is both constant and expected, there are basic, everlasting themes that will remain essential and relevant to people's individual goals and needs.
Ashvin Chhabra
Chief Investment Officer
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
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Global investing poses special risks, including foreign taxation, currency fluctuation, risk associated with possible differences in financial standards and other monetary and political risks.

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.

Investments focused in a certain industry may pose additional risks due to lack of diversification, industry volatility, economic turmoil, susceptibility to economic, political or regulatory risks and other sector concentration risks.

Asset allocation, diversification, and rebalancing do not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.

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