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Ways to Invest with Merrill

 

The power to put plans into action

At Merrill, we have the people, tools and personalized advice and guidance to help turn your ambitions into action.
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Invest with a Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor, a Merrill Private Wealth Advisor, or a team of Bank of America Private Bank specialists to help you grow, preserve and manage your wealth.
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Merrill Edge® Self-Directed
A self-directed investing platform that streamlines investing, giving you access to research and insights, step-by-step guidance and flexible tools.
  • Streamlined online experience
  • Flexible tools
  • Step-by-step guidance
  • Full range of investments
  • Actionable insights and timely investing ideas
  • Transparent pricing
Are you an active trader? Learn more about MarketPro
Free Trades
Unlimited $0 online stock, ETF and option tradesFootnote 2

Option contract and other fees may applyFootnote 1
Enjoy real benefits and rewards on your Merrill investing and Bank of America
banking account balances. And as your balances grow, so do your benefits.
 

Merrill Guided Investing

Get a professionally managed portfolio aligned to your goals that's built, monitored and rebalanced by Merrill investment professionals.Footnotes 3,4
  • Investing strategies for you and your goals
  • Personalized online dashboard
  • Adapts as needs change
  • Socially responsible portfolios Footnote 9
Low fee, low minimum
0.45%
annual
program feeFootnote 4
$5,000
minimum investment
Other fees may applyFootnote 1
 
Merrill Guided Investing with an advisor
All the benefits of Merrill Guided Investing with an advisor who will discuss your priorities and provide advice and guidance to help you pursue your goals. Footnote3,4
  • Help establishing goals
  • One-on-one advice
  • Periodic reviews with an advisor
0.85%
annual
program feeFootnote 4
$20,000
minimum investment
Other fees may applyFootnote 1
Help when you want it
Turn to us when you have questions or need help getting the most out of your relationship with Merrill. For advice to help you get and stay on track, speak with a licensed Merrill Financial Solutions Advisor.
Recognized for excellence
Merrill Investment Center has been recognized by J.D. Power by providing "An Outstanding Customer Service Experience" for Phone support for 9 years in a row.Footnote 5
Merrill Edge Self-Directed was awarded #1 for Overall Client Experience (for the second year in a row), #1 for access to Banking and #1 for ESG Investing in the StockBrokers.com 2020 Annual Broker Review.Footnote 6
Kiplinger's Best Online Brokers 2019
Merrill Edge Self‑Directed was ranked #1 for User Experience 2019Footnote 7
Institutional Investor
BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research was ranked #1 in 2019.Footnote 8
Footnote 
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.
Footnote 
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 
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.
Footnote 
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.
Merrill Guided Investing and Merrill Guided Investing with Advisor have an annual program fee of 0.45% and 0.85%, respectively, based on the assets held in the account. 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 merrilledge.com/pricing.

Footnote 
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 
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. 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.
Footnote 
Merrill Edge Self-Directed was ranked 5 out of 10 online brokers by Kiplinger's Personal Finance's "Best Online Brokers," survey August 2019. 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. Learn more at Kiplinger's Personal Finance popup, August 2019 © 2019 The Kiplinger Washington Editors. Used under License. Merrill provides access to research from BofA Merrill Lynch 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.
Footnote 
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.
Footnote 
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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