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Merrill Edge® Self-Directed

 

Merrill Edge® Self-Directed Investing

We're reinventing what it means to be a confident online investor.

Enjoy unlimited $0 online stock, ETF and option trades, with no annual account fees or balance minimumsFootnote 1
Get easy-to-understand insights and timely investing ideas, backed by award-winning researchFootnote 4
Invest your way with access to a wide range of stocks, bonds, ETFs and well-known mutual funds
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Dynamic Insights:
The answers you need

How are your investments doing? What's the market doing? We provide personalized insights and quick answers to the questions that matter most to you.
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Idea Builder:
The inspiration you want

Find inspiration with investing ideas from top global minds and align your portfolio with a rapidly transforming world.

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Jargon-free analysis & insights

Demystify the numbers and make the most of your investments with clear explanations, graphical tools and customizable features built with you in mind.

“#1 User Experience 2 years running”

Kiplinger's Personal FinanceFootnote 2
Merrill Edge Self-Directed ranked No.1 for User Experience, Kiplinger's Personal Finance -Best Online Brokers 2020, 2019
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If you're not feeling confident about where to begin, relax! We have you covered. These quick videos can give you a head-start with opening, funding and investing from your Merrill account.

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Your Merrill investment and Bank of America® bank accounts are accessible together through a seamless experience with a single login.Footnote 5

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Gold

$20k to <$50k three‑month average combined balance

Platinum

$50k to<$100k three‑month average combined balance

Platinum Honors

$100k+ three‑month average combined balance

Get even more with Preferred Rewards

Investment balances can help you earn Preferred Rewards benefits and pricing discounts. Members enjoy program benefits including credit card rewards bonuses, discounts on home and auto loans, monthly account maintenance fee waivers and more.

Access your Merrill investment and Bank of America® bank accounts anytime, anywhere

View your portfolio performance, stay up to date on the markets, transfer money and place trades all on your mobile device.Footnote 6
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$600

Get up to $600 when you invest in a new Merrill Edge® Self‑Directed account.
$25.90
Average savings on orders of 1000+ shares
93.30%
of orders execute better than the quoted price
.037
Seconds in which market orders are executed

Best execution is our
#1 priority for your trades.

Merrill does not accept payment for order flow routed to third-party market makers. We constantly monitor execution quality to ensure your order is routed to the market center with the best price and execution quality available.
Source: S3, a third-party analytics provider. Figures include S&P 500 stocks only, for the 1st quarter ending March 31, 2020.

Merrill Edge MarketPro®

Use Merrill Edge MarketPro® to build your own customized trading platform that gives you real-time market data and analysis along with powerful trading tools.Footnote 8

Invest in the momentum
of a changing world

Whether you want to live out your beliefs, help solve society's biggest challenges, or target companies poised for long-term success, you may be able to pursue your goals with Merrill's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) portfolio analysis and research experiences.Footnote 7

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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 9
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Personal guidance from a Financial Solutions Advisor when you need it by phone, chat or at a convenient location near you.
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Have more complex wealth management needs?

Invest with a Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor to help you grow, preserve and manage your wealth.Footnote 10
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Other fees may apply. Free and $0 means there is no commission charged for these trades. $0 option trades are subject to a $0.65 per-contract fee. Sales are subject to a transaction fee of between $0.01 and $0.03 per $1,000 of principal. There are costs associated with owning ETFs. To learn more about Merrill pricing, visit our Pricing page.
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Merrill waives its commissions for all online stock, ETF and option trades placed in a Merrill Edge® Self-Directed brokerage account. Brokerage fees associated with, but not limited to, margin transactions, special stock registration/gifting, account transfer and processing and termination apply. $0 option trades are subject to a $0.65 per-contract fee. Other fees and restrictions may apply. Pricing is subject to change without advance notice.
Footnote 
Merrill Edge Self-Directed was ranked 4 out of 11 online brokers by Kiplinger's Personal Finance's "Best Online Brokers," survey August 2020. To be included, firms had to offer online trading of stocks, ETFs, funds and individual bonds. Results based on ratings in the following categories: commissions and fees, investment choices, mobile app, tools, research, advisory services and user experience. Rankings for subcategories may vary. Learn more at Kiplinger's Personal Finance popup, August 2020 © 2020 The Kiplinger Washington Editors. Used under License. Merrill provides access to research from BofA Global Research, CFRA (powered by S&P Global), Morningstar and others. Rankings and recognition from Kiplinger's are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement.
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Merrill Edge Self-Directed was evaluated as one of 15 online brokers in StockBrokers.com 2020 Online Broker Review published on January 21, 2020. StockBrokers.com evaluated brokers using 236 variables across 8 categories. The Best In Class rating recognizes brokers that ranked in the top 5 in that category. Learn more at StockBrokers.com popup. Rankings and recognition from StockBrokers.com are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement.
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Institutional Investor magazine announced BofA Global Research as the Top Global Research Firm in 2019 based on surveys held throughout the year. The magazine creates rankings of the top research analysts in a wide variety of specializations, drawn from the choices of portfolio managers and other investment professionals at more than 1,000 firms. BofA Global Research is research produced by BofA Securities, Inc ("BofAS") and/or one or more of its affiliates. BofAS is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC popup, and wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation. For more information about this award, go to Institutional Investor popup. Rankings and recognition from Institutional Investor are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement.
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J.D. Power 2019 Certified Customer Service ProgramSM recognition is based on successful completion of an evaluation and exceeding a customer satisfaction benchmark through a survey of recent servicing interactions. For more information, visit J.D. Power popup. Rankings and recognition from J.D. Power are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement. Participation in this survey was paid for by Merrill.
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Certain banking and brokerage accounts may be ineligible for real-time money movement, including but not limited to transfers to/from bank IRAs (CD, Money Market), 529s, Bank of America Advantage SafeBalance Banking™, Credit Cards and transfers from IRAs, Loans (HELOC, LOC, Mortgage) and accounts held in the military bank. Accounts eligible for real-time transfers will be displayed online in the to/from drop down menu on the transfer screen.
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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 deviating.
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Merrill Edge MarketPro® is available to clients who maintain a Merrill Edge® Self-Directed relationship. Not available to investment professionals or for trust accounts and business accounts. Relationship requirements and pricing are subject to change.
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Please review the applicable Merrill Guided Investing Program Brochure (PDF) or Merrill Guided Investing with Advisor Program Brochure (PDF) for information including pricing, rebalancing, and the details of the investment advisory program. Your recommended investment strategy will be based solely on the information you provide to us for this specific investment goal and is separate from any other advisory program offered with us. If there are multiple owners on this account, the information you provide should reflect the views and circumstances of all owners on the account. If you are the custodian of this account for the benefit of another person, please keep in mind that these assets will be invested for the benefit of the other person. Merrill Guided Investing is offered with and without an advisor. Merrill, Merrill Lynch, and/or Merrill Edge investment advisory programs are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith Incorporated ("MLPF&S"). MLPF&S and Managed Account Advisors LLC ("MAA") are registered investment advisers. Investment advisor registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training.
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The Chief Investment Office (CIO) develops the investment strategies for Merrill Guided Investing and Merrill Guided Investing with Advisor, including providing its recommendations of ETFs, mutual funds and related asset allocations. Managed Account Advisors LLC (MAA), Merrill's affiliate, is the overlay portfolio manager responsible for implementing the Merrill Guided Investing strategies for client accounts, including facilitating the purchase & sale of ETFs and mutual funds in client accounts and updating account asset allocations when the CIO's recommendations change while also implementing any applicable individual client or firm restriction(s).

You may also be able to obtain the same or similar services or types of investments through other programs and services, both investment advisory and brokerage, offered by Merrill; these may be available at lower or higher fees than charged by the Program. The services that you receive by investing through Merrill Guided Investing or Merrill Guided Investing with Advisor will be different from the services you receive through other programs. You may also be able to obtain some or all of these types of services from other firms, and if they are available, the fees associated with them may be lower or higher than the fees we charge.
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Merrill is the marketing name for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Merrill Edge®, and Merrill Private Wealth Management, all of which are made available through Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated ("MLPF&S"). Merrill is available through MLPF&S, and consists of the Merrill Edge Advisory Center (investment guidance) and self-directed online investing.

Merrill makes available products and services offered by MLPF&S and other subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation ("BofA Corp").
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Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (also referred to as "MLPF&S" or "Merrill") makes available certain investment products sponsored, managed, distributed or provided by companies that are affiliates of Bank of America Corporation ("BofA Corp."). MLPF&S is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of BofA Corp.

Banking products are provided by Bank of America, N.A., and affiliated banks, Members FDIC, and wholly owned subsidiaries of BofA Corp.

Merrill Private Wealth Management is a division of MLPF&S that offers a broad array of personalized wealth management products and services. Both brokerage and investment advisory services (including financial planning) are offered by the Private Wealth Advisors through MLPF&S. The nature and degree of advice and assistance provided, the fees charged, and client rights and Merrill's obligations will differ among these services. The banking, credit and trust services sold by the Private Wealth Advisors are offered by licensed banks and trust companies, including Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC, and other affiliated banks.
Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC, a wholly owned subsidiary of BofA Corp.
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You are eligible to enroll in the Preferred Rewards program if you have an active, eligible Bank of America® personal checking or Bank of America Advantage Banking account and maintain a three-month average combined balance in your qualifying Bank of America deposit accounts and/or your qualifying Merrill 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. The combined balance is calculated based on your average daily balance for a three calendar month period. Certain benefits are also available without enrolling in Preferred Rewards if you satisfy balance and other requirements. Your benefits become effective within one month of your enrollment, or for new accounts within one month of account opening, unless we indicate otherwise.

For details on Employee qualification requirements, please visit the Employee Financial Services website. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management clients with greater than $250,000 in assets with Bank of America and Merrill are not eligible for Preferred Rewards but have access to other benefits through Preferred Rewards for Wealth Management. Please speak with your Merrill Lynch financial advisor for details.
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This material is not intended as a recommendation, offer or solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security or investment strategy. Merrill offers a broad range of brokerage, investment advisory (including financial planning) and other services. Additional information is available in our Client Relationship Summary (PDF).

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (also referred to as "MLPF&S" or "Merrill") makes available certain investment products sponsored, managed, distributed or provided by companies that are affiliates of Bank of America Corporation ("BofA Corp."). MLPF&S is a registered broker-dealer, a registered investment adviser, Member Securities Investor Protection (SIPC) popup and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation ("BofA Corp").
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