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Solutions built around you

Our full suite of investment solutions can help you pursue your goals with confidence, convenience and control.

Merrill Edge® Self-Directed Investing

Reinventing what it means to be a confident investor

  • Unlimited $0 online stock, ETF and option trades, with no annual account fees or balance minimumsFootnote 1
  • Easy-to-understand, actionable insights and timely investing ideas, backed by award-winning researchFootnote 2
  • Award-winning online investing and trading experiencesFootnote 3 for everyone, whether you're experienced or just getting started

Merrill Guided Investing

While you manage life, we manage investing

  • Set your investing goals online or talk with an advisor and set goals together
  • Get a portfolio that's built, monitored and rebalanced by Merrill Investment professionals,Footnote 9 at a low cost
  • Monitor performance, make updates and add new goals whenever you'd like
Merrill Guided Investing™ is an Investment Advisory Program

Need help choosing and opening an account?

We make it simple to invest the way you want. From 24/7 access to online tools and personalized dashboards, to personal guidance and advice from Merrill Financial Solutions Advisors, we can help.

Invest your way

At Merrill you have the freedom to invest on your own terms — exactly the way you want. Choose your own investments, set your investing goals online or talk with an advisor and set goals together. Either way, you'll have 24/7 access to Merrill's award-winning service and online tools.Footnote 4

Merrill Guided Investing

An Investment Advisory Program

Merrill Edge®

Merrill Guided Investing Online with an advisor

An advisor will help you establish your investing goals and provide guidance one-on-one when you need it.

Merrill Guided Investing Online

Pursue your investing goals online with a professionally managed portfolio — all at a low cost.

Merrill Edge® Self‑Directed

Personalized investing with tools, insights and guidance to confidently put your investing ideas into action.
Minimum investment
Online with an advisor $20,000
Online $5,000
Self-Directed No minimum
Straightforward pricing
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0.85% annual program feeFootnote 5
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0.45% annual program feeFootnote 6
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Unlimited $0 stock, ETF and option trades with no minimum.
Options contracts and other fees may applyFootnote *
Online mobile and investing tools
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Access to BofA Global Research and insights
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Bank of America and Merrill investing connected
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Get more information on how Merrill Guided Investing combines the power of technology and human insight and investment expertise.

Talk with an Advisor

No judgment, just guidance

  • Start with a no-hassle review of your financial picture
  • Tell us your goals, and we'll help you develop a strategy on how you can pursue them
  • Connect with an advisor in the way that's most convenient for you

Bank of America® Preferred Rewards + Investing and Banking Connected

Your Merrill investment and Bank of America bank account balances can help you earn Preferred Rewards benefits, and your accounts are accessible together through a seamless experience with single login. Members enjoy program benefits including credit card rewards bonuses, discounts on home and auto loans, select banking fee waivers and more.

Ready to get started?

Available 24/7

Set up a meeting

Have more complex wealth management needs?

Invest with a Merrill Lynch Wealth Management advisor to help you grow, preserve and manage your wealth.
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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.
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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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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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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.
Footnote 5 There is an annual program fee of 0.85% based on the assets held in the account. This fee is charged monthly in advance.

Footnote 6 There is an annual program fee of 0.45% based on the assets held in the account. This fee is charged monthly in advance.

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Clients enrolled in Preferred Rewards receive a discount off the Merrill Guided Investing program's annual asset-based fee of 0.45%, and the Merrill Guided Investing with an advisor and Merrill Edge Advisory Account programs' annual asset-based fee of 0.85% for any of their accounts enrolled in the respective advisory programs. Preferred Rewards-enrolled clients receive a discount of 0.05% off of the annual rate for the Gold tier, 0.10% for the Platinum tier, or 0.15% for the Platinum Honors tier based on their Preferred Rewards tier effective at the time the applicable advisory program fee is calculated. Bank of America Private Bank clients will also receive a discount of 0.15% off of the annual rate. It may take up to 30 calendar days for changes to your Preferred Rewards status or tier to be associated with and effective for your accounts in the advisory programs. This fee is charged monthly in advance. In addition to the annual program fee, the expenses of the investments will vary based on the specific funds within each portfolio. Actual fund expenses will vary; please refer to each fund's prospectus. Sales of ETFs 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 and mutual funds. To learn more about pricing, visit our Pricing page.
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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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Investing in securities involves risks, and there is always the potential of losing money when you invest in securities.

Asset allocation, diversification, and rebalancing do not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.
Merrill, its affiliates, and financial advisors do not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice. You should consult your legal and/or tax advisors before making any financial decisions.

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").
Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc. (MLLA) is a licensed insurance agency and 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 Bank of America Corporation.

Investment products offered through MLPF&S and insurance and annuity products offered through MLLA:
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