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. 2
Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets. 3
When you purchase No Load, No Transaction Fee funds (NTF) or Load Waived funds, you will not pay loads, transaction fees or commissions. For No Load, Transaction Fee funds (TF) you will be charged a transaction fee of $19.95 per online purchase, sale or exchange or $29.95 if representative assisted. A Merrill Edge short term redemption fee of $39.95 is charged on redemptions or exchanges of NTF funds that are held less than 90 days. There are costs associated with owning a mutual fund, such as annual operating fees and expenses. This and other important information are included in the 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
The target date (or retirement date, as applicable) for these funds is the approximate date when an investor plans to start withdrawing the assets from their retirement account. The principal value of these funds is not guaranteed at any time, including at the target date. These funds are designed to become more conservative over time as the target date approaches.
Because a target date fund is a "funds of funds," it will bear its allocable share of the costs and expenses of the underlying investment vehicles in which it invests (including its allocable share of the management fees and incentive compensation payable to the investment managers of such vehicles). The target date fund is thus subject to two levels of fees and a potentially higher expense ratio than would be associated with an investment in a fund that trades directly in a financially instruments under the direction of a single manager. 5
Keep in mind that an automatic investment plan cannot guarantee a profit or prevent a loss in declining markets. Since such an investment plan involves continual investment in securities regardless of fluctuating price levels, you should consider your willingness to continue purchasing during periods of high or low price levels. 6
The data and investment information in Portfolio X-Ray®
is provided by Morningstar. Merrill Edge offers access to Portfolio X-Ray as a courtesy to its clients. It is for information purposes only, and Merrill Edge does not control or validate it. Morningstar's securities classifications may differ from those used by other sources, including Merrill Edge. Please note: If you have questions, refer to your statement, which is the official record of your account. 7
You have choices for what to do with your employer sponsored retirement plan. Depending on your financial circumstances, needs and goals, you may choose to roll over to an IRA or convert to a Roth, roll over to an employer sponsored plan from a prior employer to an employer sponsored plan at your new employer, take a distribution or leave the account where it is. Each choice may offer different investment options and services, fees and expenses, withdrawal options, required minimum distributions, tax treatment and provide different protection from creditors and legal judgments. These are complex choices and should be considered with care. Visit http://www.merrilledge.com/retirement/rollover-ira
or call a Merrill Edge rollover specialist at 1.888.637.3343 for additional information about your choices. 8
Merrill Edge Roadmap®
is available with a Merrill Edge Advisory Center™ account. 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. For more information about investing in mutual funds at Merrill Lynch, please read the Guide to Mutual Fund Investing
or visit our glossary
. Mutual Funds:
While no-load funds do not assess sales charges, fund shares are subject to management fees and certain other expenses. Redemption fees may also apply. Merrill Lynch receives remuneration from participating fund companies. In addition to receiving dealer concessions and asset-based sales charges and/or services fees in connection with clients' purchasing and holding mutual fund shares, Merrill Lynch and its affiliates provide other services for which they may receive additional compensation from funds or their affiliates. This compensation is generally disclosed in a fund's prospectus which is available from an Investment Center representative
and in the Guide to Mutual Fund Investing, which is available here
. For specific mutual fund family compensation information, please contact the Investment Center.
Fund shares may be redeemed directly with the Fund without payment of the Merrill Lynch Short-Term Redemption fee. Additional transfer fees may apply.
Many Load Funds offer various sales charge discounts or waivers depending on the terms of the prospectus and/or statement of additional information. You should consult a fund's prospectus and/or statement of additional information to determine whether you may qualify for a discount or waiver. Notify an Investment Center representative if you believe you qualify for any of these discounts or waivers. Call the Investment Center at 1.877.653.4732 for assistance.