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For all types of investors

Stocks

Invest in shares of publicly-traded companies across a variety of sectors
  • Building a balanced portfolioFootnote 5
  • A breadth of choices across sectors, geographies and industries
  • Liquidity
  • New and experienced investors
Unlimited $0 online stock and ETF and trades.Footnote 1 Other fees may applyFootnote *

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 portfolioFootnote 5
  • Liquidity
  • Potential for tax-efficiency
  • Index fund investing
  • Growth, value and income strategies
  • New and experienced investors
Unlimited $0 online stock and ETF and trades.Footnote 1 Other fees may applyFootnote *

Mutual Funds

Invest in professionally managed funds aligned to a variety of investment strategies and time horizons
  • Building a balanced portfolioFootnote 5
  • 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 portfolioFootnote 5
  • Generating regular income
  • Helping reduce portfolio volatility
  • Meeting long- and short-term goals
  • New and experienced investors
See fee details for bonds

For experienced traders

OptionsFootnote 1

Execute your options strategy for just $0.65 per contract and gain access to new mini optionsFootnote 1
  • Experienced investors
Unlimited $0 online option trades with no trade or balance minimums.Footnote 1 Options contract and other fees may applyFootnote *

MarginFootnote 5

A flexible line of credit that can be used for almost any purpose.
  • Experienced investors
Learn more about margin lending

For simplified investing

BofA US 1 List

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

Merrill Edge Select® FundsFootnote 2

The Merrill 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 clients at no additional charge. Standard pricing and fees apply for Select Funds

Merrill Edge Select® ETFsFootnote 2

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 clients at no additional charge. Standard pricing and fees apply for Select ETFs

Managed Portfolios

Merrill Guided Investing

An online investment advisory program that combines the best of online investing with a professionally managed portfolio — all at a low costFootnote 7
  • A diversified portfolioFootnote 6 of ETFs
  • Monitoring your performance online
$5,000 minimum investment and a low 0.45% annual program fee. Other fees may apply for Merrill Guided InvestingFootnote 3

Merrill Guided Investing with an advisor

All the benefits of Merrill Guided Investing plus an advisor who will discuss your priorities and provide advice and guidance to help you pursue your goals with this investment advisory program.Footnote 8
  • A diversified portfolioFootnote 6 of ETFs
  • Monitoring your performance online with an advisor
$20,000 minimum investment, 0.85% annual program fee. Other fees may apply for Merrill Guided Investing with an advisorFootnote 4
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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.
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 2 Merrill Edge Select® Funds meet a proprietary screening process developed by the Global Wealth and Investment Management Chief Investment Office (GWIM CIO). 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. Learn more about the Merrill Edge Select Funds methodology.

Footnote 3 Merrill Guided Investing has an annual program fee of 0.45% 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 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. Learn more about Merrill Edge pricing in the Merrill Guided Investing Program Brochure (PDF).

Footnote 
Merrill Guided Investing with Advisor has an annual program fee of 0.85% 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 stocks and 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 www.merrilledge.com/pricing.
Footnote 
When you purchase securities, you may pay for the securities in full, or if your account has been established as a margin account with the margin lending program, you may borrow part of the purchase price from Merrill Lynch. If you choose to borrow funds for your purchase, Merrill Lynch's collateral for the loan will be the securities purchased, other assets in your margin account, and your assets in any other accounts at Merrill Lynch. If the securities in your margin account decline in value, so does the value of the collateral supporting your loan, and, as a result, we can take action, such as to issue a margin call and/or sell securities in any of your accounts held with us, in order to maintain the required equity in your account. If your account has a Visa® card and/or checks, you may also create a margin debit if your withdrawals (by Visa card, checks, preauthorized debits, FTS or other transfers) exceed the sum of any available free credit balances plus available money account balances (such as bank deposit balances or money market funds). Please refer to your account documents for more information.

Before opening a margin account, you should carefully review the terms governing margin loans. For Individual Investor Accounts, these terms are contained in the Margin Lending Program Client Agreement. For all other accounts, the terms are in your account agreement and disclosures. It is important that you fully understand the risks involved in using margin. These risks including the following:

  • You can lose more funds than you deposit in the margin account. A decline in the value of securities that are purchased on margin may require you to provide additional funds to us to avoid the forced sale of those securities or other securities in your account(s).
  • We can force the sale of securities in your account(s). If the equity in your account falls below the maintenance margin requirements or Merrill Lynch's higher "house" requirements, we can sell the securities in any of your accounts held by us to cover the margin deficiency. You also will be responsible for any shortfall in the account after such as sale.
  • We can sell your securities without contacting you. Some investors mistakenly believe that they must be contacted for a margin call to be valid, and that securities in their accounts cannot be liquidated to meet the call unless they are contacted first. This is not the case. We will attempt to notify you of margin calls, but we are not required to do so. Even if we have contacted you and provided a specific date by which you can meet a margin call, we can still take necessary steps to protect our financial interests, including immediately selling the securities without notice to you.
  • You are not entitled to choose which securities in your account(s) are liquidated or sold to meet a margin call. Because the securities are collateral for the margin loan, we have the right to decide which security to sell in order to protect our interests.
  • We can increase our "house" maintenance margin requirements at any time and are not required to provide you advance written notice. These changes in our policy may take effect immediately and may result in the issuance of a maintenance margin call. Your failure to satisfy the call may cause us to liquidate or sell securities in your account(s).
  • You are not entitled to an extension of time on a margin call. While an extension of time to meet margin requirements may be available to you under certain conditions, you do not have a right to the extension.
If you have any questions or concerns about margin and the margin lending program, please contact your Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor or the Merrill Edge Advisory Center.™
Mutual fund and ETF disclosure:

Additional fees and expense may apply.
There are costs associated with owning a mutual fund or ETF, 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, please read the Mutual Fund Investing at Merrill Lynch pamphlet (PDF) 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.

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

Footnote 6 Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.

Footnote 7 Please review the Merrill Guided Investing Program Brochure 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. 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 advisors. Investment advisor registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training.

Footnote 8 Please review the Merrill Guided Investing with Advisor 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. 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. 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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