Ways to Invest with Merrill Edge®


Investing your way

At Merrill Edge®, you have the freedom to invest on your own terms—exactly the way you want. And as your investing needs change, you can feel comfortable knowing that we'll be there for you every step of the way.
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Online investing & trading

Choose from a full range of investments including stocks, bonds, options, ETFs and well-known mutual funds. Plus, enjoy simple flat-rate pricing for online stock and ETF trades that beats Fidelity, TD Ameritrade and E*TRADE.Footnote3 You'll receive:
  • Step-by-step guidance
  • Easy-to-use tools
  • Actionable insights
  • Access to award-winning research
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Online investing & trading
Unlimited online stock & ETF trades.
No trade or balance minimums.
Other fees may apply.Footnote1
Get up to 100 $0 online stock and ETF trades per month.Footnote4 Other fees may applyFootnote1

Merrill Edge Guided Investing

Pursue your financial goals with an online investment advisory program that combines the best of online investing with professional portfolio management by Merrill Lynch investment professionals—all at a low cost.Footnote5,6,7 You'll receive:
  • An investment strategy aligned to your goals
  • A portfolio built, monitored and rebalancedFootnote2 by a team of Merrill Lynch investment professionalsFootnote4
  • Customizable dashboard to help you stay on track
Low fee, low minimum
annual fee
minimum investment
Other fees may applyFootnote1

Invest with an advisor

Invest with a licensed Merrill Edge Financial Solutions Advisor™ who can help you pursue your financial goals and plan for what matters most to you.Footnote7 You'll receive:
  • An action plan tailored to your needs
  • A professionally managed portfolio recommendation
  • Customized progress reports and semi-annual reviews
Invest with an advisor
annual feeFootnote8
minimum investment
Other fees may applyFootnote1
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J.D. Power 2016 Certified Contact Center
Merrill Edge's Contact Centers have been recognized by J.D. Power for providing "An Outstanding Customer Service Experience" for the Live Phone channel for 6 years in a row.Footnote9
Barron's 2016 Best Online Brokers 1
One of the best online brokers, receiving 4 out of 5 stars 3 years in a row (2014, 2015, 2016)Footnote10
Kiplinger's Best Online Brokers 2016
One of the best "Online Brokers," outperforming Schwab, E*Trade and VanguardFootnote11
Institutional Investor
#1 Global Research Firm for the fifth straight yearFootnote12

1 Sales are subject to a transaction fee of $0.01 - $0.03 per $1,000 of principal. There are costs associated with owning ETFs. To learn more about Merrill Edge pricing, visit merrilledge.com/pricing or merrilledge.com/guided-investing-program-brochure for details of Merrill Edge Guided Investing. The program fee for Merrill Edge Select® Portfolios includes portfolio management, trading costs and ongoing Financial Solutions Advisor support. In addition to the annual program fee, the expenses of the investments will vary based on the specific funds within each portfolio. Where possible, institutional class shares are used to minimize expenses.

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

3 Fidelity's standard online price is $7.95 per equity or ETF trade (excluding certain iShares and Fidelity ETFs offered commission-free). Schwab's standard online price is $6.95 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 for equity, ETF or option trade is $9.99, $7.99 for customers who trade at least 150 times per quarter, $6.99 for customers who trade 1,500+ times per quarter. TD Ameritrade's standard online price is $9.99 per equity or ETF trade. Note: Competitive comparison pricing information as of 02/02/2017 excludes special promotional offerings and sales of fractional shares.

4 $0 trades are only available with an individual or joint Merrill Edge self-directed brokerage account. When placing a trade, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (MLPF&S) determines whether you meet the balance or relationship requirements to qualify that trade for the $0 waiver. To determine the number of qualifying trades, MLPF&S adds the qualifying trades in your individual accounts and joint accounts. Commission fees apply when qualification requirements are not met, or when you exceed the number of qualifying trades a month. Brokerage fees associated with, but not limited to, margin transactions, option trading, special stock registration/gifting, account transfer and processing, research request and termination apply.

a) Commissions are waived for 30 online equity trades each month including stock and exchange traded funds (ETFs) on behalf of MLPF&S, for customers who meet any one of the following criteria:
i) Combined total of $25,000 or more in your deposit accounts at Bank of America, N.A. 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. Standard deposit account fees apply.
ii) 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 sweep with your IRA
iii) Or Client of Preferred Rewards Platinum
b) Commissions are waived for 100 online equity trades each month including stock and ETFs on behalf of MLPF&S, for customers who meet any one of the following criteria:
i) A Client of Preferred Rewards Platinum Honors
ii) Or Client of U.S. Trust

This offer does not apply to Business/Corporate Accounts, Investment Club Accounts, Partnership Accounts and certain fiduciary accounts held at MLPF&S. Other fees and restrictions may apply. Relationship requirements and pricing are subject to change and/or termination without advance notice. To learn more about the ways to qualify for $0 trades, call 1.888.MER.EDGE (1.888.637.3343).

You are eligible to enroll in the Preferred Rewards program if you have an active, eligible Bank of America personal checking account and maintain a three month average combined balance in your qualifying Bank of America deposit accounts and/or your qualifying Merrill Edge and Merrill Lynch 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. SafeBalance Banking accounts do not count towards the account or balance requirements, and do not receive the fee waivers and other benefits of the program. Certain benefits are also available without enrolling in Preferred Rewards if you satisfy balance and other requirements. For details on Employee qualification requirements, please visit the Employee Banking & Investments website. The Preferred Rewards Gold tier does not include the $0 online equity and ETF trades via Merrill Edge®, a benefit that is currently available at the Platinum and Platinum Honors tiers of Preferred Rewards. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management clients with greater than $250,000 in assets with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch are eligible for additional banking benefits. Please speak with your Merrill Lynch financial advisor for details.

5 Global Wealth & Investment Management Chief Investment Office ("CIO") develops the investment strategies for Merrill Edge Guided Investing, including providing its recommendations of ETFs and related asset allocations. Managed Account Advisors LLC ("MAA"), Merrill Lynch's affiliate, is the overlay portfolio manager responsible for implementing the Merrill Edge Guided Investing strategies for client accounts, including facilitating the purchase and sale of ETFs 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).

6 Please review the Merrill Edge Guided Investing Program Brochure (PDF) for important 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. This program is not offered through an advisor.

7 Merrill Edge investment advisory programs are offered by MLPF&S. MLPF&S and Managed Account Advisors LLC (MAA) are registered investment advisers. Investment adviser registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training.?

8 Program fees include portfolio management and trading costs, as well as ongoing support. In addition to the annual program fee, funds within each portfolio have their own expenses, as would individual securities. Other fees may include those mandated by the SEC; transfer, exchange and fund-redemption fees; conditional deferred sales charges; and markups or markdowns. For full fee details, contact us for the Merrill Edge Advisory Account ADV brochure.

9 J.D. Power 2016 Certified Contact Center ProgramSM recognition is based on successful completion of an audit and exceeding a customer satisfaction benchmark through a survey of recent servicing interactions. For more information, visit www.jdpower.com/cccGo to J.D. Power.

10 Merrill Edge was one of 16 brokers evaluated in the Barron's 2016 Best Online Broker Survey, March 19, 2016. Barron's evaluated firms in 8 categories to rate and rank the firms in those categories, by investor type and provide an overall rating & ranking. Learn more at http://webreprints.djreprints.com/51875.htmlReview Barron's best online broker survey Barron's is a trademark of Dow Jones & Co., L.P. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission of Barron's.

11 Merrill Edge was named by Kiplinger's Personal Finance as one of the seven "Best Online Brokers," August 2016.To be included, firms had to offer online trading of stocks, ETFs, mutual funds and bonds. Learn more at http://www.kiplinger.com/article/investing/T047-C000-S002-best-of-the-online-brokers-2016.htmlReview Kiplinger's best online broker article. From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, August 2016 © 2016 The Kiplinger Washington Editors. Used under License.

12 Institutional Investor magazine announced BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research as the Top Global Research Firm for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 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. For more information about this award, go to iim.ag/topfirmsReview Institutional Investor article about BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research.