Get 30 free online trades per month1

Qualify for up to 30 commission-free online equity and ETF trades per month when you have a balance of $25,000 in your Bank of America deposit accounts, or have $25,000 in cash in your Merrill Edge self-directed accounts, or maintain Platinum Privileges® status
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Research and tools - Make informed investment decisions with access to independent research, the insights of Merrill Lynch and easy-to-use tools.
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Access anytime, anywhere - Access your account online, on your mobile device and at thousands of Bank of America ATMs.
Simple flat-rate pricing - Qualify for and make 30 free trades, then enjoy $6.95 per online equity and ETF trade with no balance minimums, no trade minimums. That's lower standard pricing than Fidelity, Schwab and E*TRADE2.
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1 $0 trades are only available with an individual or joint Merrill Edge self-directed brokerage account. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (MLPF&S) waives its commission fee for as many as 30 monthly online equity trades, including stock and exchange traded funds (ETFs) for customers who meet any one of the following criteria:

a) Combined total of $25,000 or more in your deposit accounts at Bank of America, N.A. When you make a trade, MLPF&S determines whether you meet the balance requirement to qualify that trade for the $0 waiver. 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. If this calculation reflects a combined total of less than $25,000, a second calculation is made. To determine the 30- trade limit, MLPF&S adds the qualifying trades in your individual accounts and joint accounts. Commission fees apply when the balance requirement is not met, or when you exceed 30 qualifying trades a month. Brokerage fees associated with, but not limited to, margin transactions, option trading, special stock registration/gifting, account transfer and processing, account maintenance, research request and termination apply. See for details. Standard deposit account fees apply. Relationship requirements and pricing are subject to change.
b) 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

c) Or Client of U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
d) Or Client of Platinum Privileges

This offer does not apply to Business/Corporate Accounts, Investment Club Accounts, Partnership Accounts and certain fiduciary accounts held at MLPF&S.

2 Fidelity's standard online price is $7.95 per equity or ETF trade (excluding certain iShare ETFs offered commission-free). Schwab's standard online price is $8.95 per equity or ETF trade (excluding ETFs available through Schwab ETF OneSource when placed in a Schwab account that are available commission-free). E*TRADE's standard online price is $9.99 for equity commissions and $7.99 for customers who trade at least 150 times per quarter. Note: Competitive comparison pricing information as of 9/30/13 excludes special promotional offerings.

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. As of June 30, 2013, we will no longer enroll customers into the Platinum Privileges program in the states of KS, MO, NV, SC and WA.