Trading Stocks

Put your stock trading and investing ideas into action

If you're looking for new investment opportunities and are willing to accept greater risk in exchange for the potential of greater returns, then investing and trading in stocks, also called equities, may be right for you.
May be a good move for...
  • Building a balanced portfolio
  • Investing across sectors, geographies and industries
  • Generating income through dividend stocks
  • Preserving liquidity
  • New and experienced investors
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Streamline your investing

Identify new investment opportunities with access to free investor education, powerful screening tools, independent research and our BofAML US 1 List—a list of buy-rated stocks recommended by analysts at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, named Top Global Research firm by Institutional Investor five years in a row.3 Plus, enjoy simple flat-rate pricing that’s lower than Schwab, Fidelity and E*TRADE.4
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Find the investments that may be right for you

Stocks can play an important role in building a balanced portfolio, providing investors with greater liquidity than mutual funds. With thousands of stocks to choose from, Merrill Edge offers investors the tools, research and guidance to help you find the investment that may be right for your portfolio.
Use our tools to find investments

Search for stocks your way

Take advantage of powerful screening tools and search for dividend growth & high yield, EPS & revenue growth, and large caps with low P/E ratios. Or choose your own search criteria.
Ratings, research and insights to help inform your investment decisions

Simplify your search for the right stock

Discover new investment opportunities with our BofAML US 1 List—buy-rated stocks recommended by analysts at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research.
Ratings, research and insights to help inform your investment decisions

Make more informed investment decisions

View equity profiles and advanced charting at-a-glance and access independent ratings and research reports from Morningstar, S&P Capital IQ and BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research.
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Keep up with the latest news and market events

Stay informed with up-to-the-minute news from Dow Jones, Thomson Reuters, PR Newswire and Business Wire. Plus, get customized alerts based on price, volume, ratings, news and more.
Go beyond the 

headlines to identify new opportunities

Go beyond the headlines to identify new opportunities

Identify timely opportunities with help from Technical Insight™ by Recognia. Learn how market trends and a company's products drive stock prices with fundamental analysis from Trefis®.
Invest and trade with confidence

Invest and trade with confidence

Benefit from Merrill Lynch's commitment to execution quality and their smart order routing. Plus, take advantage of investing opportunities whenever they happen during extended-hours trading as well as pre- and post-market sessions.
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Getting started is as easy as 1-2-3

Open your account

Apply online and open your account in minutes. Here's what you'll need.

If you need help, give us a call at 1.888.637.3343—24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Fund your account

Fund your account instantly in real time from your eligible linked Bank of America bank account, and also by linking to an account at another financial institution. Or, transfer funds to your account by check, by wire transfer or by transferring or rolling over an existing account.6
Learn how to fund your account.

Start investing
  • Create an investment strategy—build a balanced portfolio aligned to your investment goals in 3 easy steps. Learn more.
  • Start your search for the investments that may be right for you with our powerful screeners and independent research. Simplify your search using streamlined lists of stocks, ETFs and mutual funds evaluated by Merrill Lynch research and analytic teams.7
  • Manage your portfolio with anytime, anywhere access to your Merrill Edge investment account—online, on your mobile device and at thousands of Bank of America ATMs
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.8
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Simple flat-rate pricing

Pay one flat rate for stocks with a self-directed investment account—regardless of your account balance or how often you trade.
6.95 stock and ETF trades
per unlimited online stock trade1
No trade or balance minimums
Learn how to qualify for $0 trades2  See fee details1
Our everyday price comparison4
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600 dollar IRA offer
Get up to $600 when you enroll, open and fund a new Merrill Edge® investment account or IRA.
How to qualify
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.

2 $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.

  1. 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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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 II sweep with your IRA
    3. Or Platinum Privileges clients.
    4. Or Preferred Rewards Platinum clients.
  2. Commissions are waived for 100 online equity trades each month, including stock and ETFs, on behalf of MLPF&S, for Preferred Rewards Platinum Honors clients.
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 about additional ways to qualify for $0 trades, call 888.MER.EDGE (888.637.3343) or visit

3 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

4 Comparison table data based on pricing as of 10/15/2014 and excludes special promotional offerings.

  1. 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.
  2. For TD Ameritrade ETFs: the ETF must be on list of 100+ commission-free ETFs and must be held for a minimum of 30 days in order to not incur a fee. Also, the user must be enrolled to qualify.
  3. Price per non-Schwab ETF
  4. Price per non-iShare ETF
5 Merrill Edge MarketPro® is available to clients who maintain a Merrill Edge self-directed relationship. To qualify, you must maintain total combined balances of $50,000 or more in your Merrill Edge and Merrill Lynch investment accounts and Bank of America, N.A. deposit accounts, or make at least 15 self-directed trades per quarter. Platinum Privileges, Preferred Rewards Platinum or Preferred Rewards Platinum Honors also qualify. Not available to investment professionals or for trust accounts and business accounts. Relationship requirements and pricing are subject to change. To learn more, go to

6 You have choices about what to do with your employer-sponsored retirement plan accounts. Depending on your financial circumstances, needs and goals, you may choose to roll over to an IRA or convert to a Roth IRA, roll over an employer-sponsored plan from your old job to 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 different types of protection from creditors and legal judgments. These are complex choices and should be considered with care. Visit or call a Merrill Edge® rollover specialist at 888.637.3343 for more information about your choices..

7 Research provided by BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research.

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