Investment Choices

A full range of
investment choices

Build a diversified portfolio with help from
Merrill Edge®
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For all types of investors


Invest in shares of publicly-traded companies across a variety of sectors
  • Building a balanced portfolio
  • A breadth of choices across sectors, geographies and industries
  • Liquidity
  • New and experienced investors
$6.95 per unlimited online equity and ETF trade.1 Learn how to qualify for $0 trades.2 See fee details1

Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)

Trades like a stock with the diversification of a mutual fund. Offers the flexibility to hold and trade shares
  • Building a balanced portfolio
  • Liquidity
  • Potential for tax-efficiency
  • Index fund investing
  • Growth, value and income strategies
  • New and experienced investors
$6.95 per unlimited online equity and ETF trade.1 Learn how to qualify for $0 trades.2 See fee details1

Mutual Funds

Invest in professionally managed funds aligned to a variety of investment strategies and time horizons
  • Building a balanced portfolio
  • Built-in diversification
  • Meeting long-term investment goals
  • Index fund investing
  • Growth, value and income strategies
  • New and experienced investors
Thousands of well-known funds. See fund prospectus for details on pricing

Fixed Income & Bonds

Invest in a broad range of Treasuries, municipal and corporate bonds and CDs
  • Building a balanced portfolio
  • Generating regular income
  • Helping reduce portfolio volatility
  • Meeting long- and short-term goals
  • New and experienced investors
Price and yield as quoted

For experienced traders


Execute your options strategy for just $0.75 per contract and gain access to new mini options3
  • Experienced investors
$6.95 per online trade + .75 per contract. See fee details1

For guaranteed retirement income


Through Merrill Lynch Life Agency, Inc., Merrill Edge offers variable, immediate and fixed annuities
  • The potential for guaranteed income to replace your paycheck later in life
See the prospectus for a complete description of fees

For simplified investing

BofAML US 1 List

Generate investment ideas with buy-rated stocks recommended by BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research analysts
  • Narrowing your search for stock investment choices that may be right for you
The BofAML US 1 List is provided as a service to Merrill Edge clients at no additional charge. Standard pricing and fees apply

Merrill Edge Select® Funds5

The Merrill Lynch screening process helps to take the guesswork out of finding quality mutual funds, including equity and fixed income funds
  • Help choosing from thousands of funds from popular fund families for self-directed investors
Merrill Edge Select® Funds are provided as a service to Merrill Edge clients at no additional charge. Standard pricing and fees apply

Merrill Edge Select® ETFs

Helps investors simplify choosing ETFs
  • Getting diversified equity exposure from a portfolio of securities based on a specific index, geographic regions or investing styles
Merrill Edge Select® ETFs are provided as a service to Merrill Edge clients at no additional charge. Standard pricing and fees apply

Merrill Edge Select® Portfolios

Meet with a Merrill Edge Financial Solutions Advisor™ to help you select a diversified portfolio of investments aligned to your investment goals, time horizon, risk tolerance and liquidity needs—pre-screened, monitored and adjusted by the professionals at Merrill Lynch
  • A diversified portfolio
  • For those who want professional advice and guidance
$20,000 minimum investment, 1.0% annual account management fee. See fee details
Looking for investment advice and guidance?
Pursue your financial goals with advice and guidance from a licensed Merrill Edge Financial Solutions Advisor™—and ask about getting your own Merrill Edge Roadmap® to help you make a plan and stay on track.6
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1 Other management and transaction fees may apply. In addition to your stock, ETF or option commission sell orders may also be subject to a transaction fee (of between $0.01 to $0.03 per $1,000 of principal). If applicable, this fee appears under "Transaction Fee" on a Trade Confirmation. There are other fees associated with investing in ETFs, Read the "Expenses & Charges" sections of the prospectus to find out what they are. Contact us to obtain a prospectus.

2Eligibility: Commissions are only waived for online equity and ETF trades conducted via an individual or jointly owned self-directed personal CMA or IRA account.

Qualify for 30 $0 online equity and ETF trades per month
(Meet any one of these criteria):

1. $25,000 or more in combined balances in your Bank of America deposit accounts
2. $25,000 or more in combined cash balances in your Merrill Edge self-directed CMA and/or IRA accounts
3. Preferred Rewards Platinum client

Qualify for 100 $0 online equity and ETF trades per month:

1. Preferred Rewards Platinum Honors clients

For details about commissions, transaction fees and any other fees that may apply visit Certain account types are not eligible. Other restrictions may apply. Relationship requirements and pricing are subject to change and/or termination without advance notice. For full details about ways to qualify for $0 trades, call 1-888-MER.EDGE (1.888.637.3343) or visit$0detail

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.

3 Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Certain requirements must be met to trade options. Before engaging in the purchase or sale of options, investors should understand the nature of and extent of their rights and obligations and be aware of the risks involved in investing with options. Prior to buying or selling an option, clients must receive the options disclosure document "Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options." Call the Investment Center at 1.877.653.4732 for a copy. A separate client agreement is needed. Orders which involve multiple option transactions will be charged a separate commission on each leg of the option order.

4 All annuity contract and rider guarantees, including optional benefits and any fixed subaccount crediting rates or annuity payout rates, are backed by the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. They are not backed by Merrill Lynch or its affiliates, nor does Merrill Lynch or its affiliates make any representations or guarantees regarding the claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company.

5 Merrill Edge Select® Funds meet a proprietary screening process developed by the Investment Management Group (IMG) of Merrill Lynch. The listing contains no-load funds with no transaction fees and load-waived funds that are open for new and subsequent purchases. Available funds have a minimum initial investment of no more than $3,000. Each fund must have $100 million or greater ($500 million for Large Cap funds) in assets under management across all share classes offered by the fund. Note that index funds are not included in Merrill Edge Select™ Funds. To learn more about the Merrill Edge Select Funds methodology go to

6 Merrill Edge Roadmap® is available with a Merrill Edge Advisory Center™ account.

Mutual funds disclosure:

Additional fees and expense may apply.
There are costs associated with owning a mutual fund, such as annual operating fees and expenses. This and other important information is included in the prospectus, which should be read carefully before investing. Contact us to obtain a fund's prospectus. For more information about investing in mutual funds at Merrill Lynch, please read the Mutual Fund Investing at Merrill Lynch pamphlet or consult our glossary.

For more complete information, clients should obtain the prospectus, and/or if available, the summary prospectus, from their Financial Advisor and should read it carefully. Before investing, carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses of a fund. This and other information can be found in the fund's prospectus and/or, if available, summary prospectus.

Applies to open-end mutual funds only. For closed-end funds, refer to the equity schedule.

Prospectuses for mutual funds can be obtained through the investor's sign-in area of Clients of the Merrill Edge Advisory Center can also call 1.888.654.6837. If you're not currently a Merrill Edge client, please call 1.888.637.3343."

Exchange Traded Funds are subject to risks similar to those of stocks. Investment returns may fluctuate and are subject to market volatility, so that an investor's shares, when redeemed or sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. You should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses before investing in this product. This and other important information is included in the prospectus, which should be read carefully before investing. Prospectuses can be obtained from your investment professional or through the investor's sign-in area of

Variable annuities are sold by prospectus only. Before investing, investors should carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the variable annuity and its underlying investment options. The current contract prospectus and underlying fund prospectuses provide this and other important information. Please contact Merrill Edge to obtain the prospectuses. Please read the prospectuses carefully before investing or sending money.

ABOUT VARIABLE ANNUITIES: Variable annuities are long-term investments designed to help meet retirement needs. Like most investments, variable annuities include certain fees and expenses, such as administrative fees, sales charges, and mortality risk expense charges. The return and principal value of variable annuities are subject to market fluctuations, investment risk and possible loss of principal so that, when redeemed, variable annuities may be worth more or less than the original amount invested. Variable annuities have holding periods, limitations, withdrawal charges, exclusions, termination provisions, and terms for keeping them in force. Withdrawals from an annuity, prior to age 59½, may be subject to a 10% additional tax, and a surrender charge will generally apply if the withdrawal is made during the early years of the contract "policy."

Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.

Neither Merrill Edge nor its financial solutions advisors provide tax, accounting or legal advice. Clients should review any planned financial transactions or arrangements that may have tax, accounting or legal implications with their personal professional advisors.

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