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What is sustainable investing?

Sustainable investing offers you the opportunity to invest in companies that are working towards better ways of doing business with innovative approaches to support their long-term performance.
Help to solve society's biggest and growing challenges. Live out your beliefs. Invest to reflect issues that matter to you while pursuing your investment goals.

Regardless of what your priorities are...

Sustainable investing lets you choose the type of impact that is important to you and implement it as part of your investment approach. You can create impact in three unique ways or combine approaches from the A-B-C investing framework.


  • Reduce negative social or environmental effects
  • Manage risk by limiting certain exposures


  • Support positive social or environmental social practices
  • Enhance potential for long term competitive financial returns


  • Advance positive, measurable social or environmental outcomes
  • Target opportunities where impact is intrinsic to financial performance
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The case for sustainable investing

  • Sustainable investing in the United States grew 30% between 2019 and 2020
  • At the end of 2020, the group of sustainable open-end funds and ETFs available to U.S. investors numbered 392, up 30% from 2019
  • In 2020, 71 sustainable funds were launched, easily topping the previous high-water mark of 44 set in 2017. At least 30 funds have been launched each year from 2016-2020
  • Sustainable funds attracted a record of $51.1 billion in netflows in 2020, more than twice the amount of 2019
Source: Sustainable Funds U.S Landscape Report; Morningstar Manager Research 2/10/2021

What is Bank of America doing as a company?

As one of the world's largest financial institutions, Bank of America takes a key role in building a more resilient future. Through our strategy of responsible growth, we are deploying capital towards a more sustainable economy — helping to create jobs, develop communities, foster economic mobility and address society's biggest challenges around the world.
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Sustainable Investing at Merrill

Every investor has unique motivations for choosing to invest for sustainability and impact. Merrill gives you the tools to invest in what you think is right.
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Ways to invest with Merrill

Merrill Edge Self-Directed

A personalized investing experience that gives you helpful guidance, insights and tools to confidently put your investing ideas into actions.
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Merrill Guided Investing

An investment advisory program that combines the best features of online investing with a professionally managed portfolio—all at a low cost.Footnote 1
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Invest with an Advisor

Personal guidance from a Financial Solutions Advisor when you need it by phone, online or at a convenient location near you.
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Sustainable and Impact Investing and/or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) managers may take into consideration factors beyond traditional financial information to select securities, which could result in relative investment performance deviating from other strategies or broad market benchmarks, depending on whether such sectors or investments are in or out of favor in the market. Further, ESG strategies may rely on certain values based criteria to eliminate exposures found in similar strategies or broad market benchmarks, which could also result in relative investment performance. Impact investing and/or ESG investing has certain risks based on the fact that ESG criteria excludes securities of certain issuers for nonfinancial reasons and therefore, investors may forgo some market opportunities and the universe of investments available will be smaller.
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