Trading stocks

Put your investing and trading ideas into action

If you're looking for new investment opportunities and are willing to accept greater risk in exchange for greater potential returns, then investing in stocks may be right for you.
May be a good move for:
  • Building a balanced portfolio1
  • Investing across sectors and regions
  • Generating income through dividends
  • Preserving liquidity
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Or call us 24/7 at
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Get up to
$600
when you open and fund a new Merrill Edge investment account or IRA.

Stocks made simple

With thousands of stocks to choose from, Merrill Edge offers tools, research and guidance to help you find the investments that may be right for your portfolio.

Search your way

Take advantage of powerful screening tools. Search for dividend growth and high yield, EPS and revenue growth, and large caps with low P/E ratios.

Simplify your search

Discover new investment opportunities with buy-rated stocks recommended by analysts at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research.

Make more-informed decisions

View equity profiles and advanced charting at a glance. Access independent ratings and research reports from Morningstar, S&P Capital IQ and BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research.

The latest news and events

Stay informed with up-to-the-minute news from Dow Jones, Thomson Reuters, PR Newswire and Business Wire. Even set up customized alerts.

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

Benefit from Merrill Lynch's commitment to execution quality and smart-order routing. Take advantage of opportunities during extended-hours trading as well as pre- and post-market sessions.

Pricing and fees

Pay one flat rate for stocks with an online brokerage account or IRA—regardless of your account balance or how often you trade.
$6.95
per unlimited
online stock trade
No trade or balance minimums
Learn how to qualify for $0 trades.3

Get started

It's as easy as 1-2-3
1

Open an account

Open your account online in minutes. Here's what you'll need:
  • Social Security number and date of birth
  • A valid mailing and email address
  • Employment information (including company name, address and start date)
  • General financial information (such as annual income and household net worth)
  • Names and dates of birth for any beneficiaries
Or call us 24/7 at 866.460.1282
2

Fund your account5

There are several ways to fund your new account:

Transfer Cash

Real-time5
Fund instantly from your eligible linked Bank of America® bank account or Merrill Edge investment account.
Up to 3 business days
Fund within a few days from an eligible linked account at another financial institution.

Wire transfer

Same day
Wire funds electronically from another financial institution.

Write a check

3 to 5 days
Fund your account by mailing a personal, cashier's or bank check.

Transfer accounts or securities

8 or more days
Transfer an existing brokerage account, IRA account or securities from another financial institution. You can also transfer securities instantly between your Merrill Edge accounts.

Roll over into an IRA

10 or more days
Consolidate your retirement assets by rolling over accounts held in former employers' 401(k), 403(b) or 457 plans into a Merrill Edge IRA.
A Rollover IRA isn't right for everyone. Consider all of your choices and learn if a Rollover IRA may be right for you.6 For additional information, call 866.460.1282 to speak with a rollover specialist, 24/7.
3

Start investing

Create an investment strategy:
Build a balanced portfolio aligned to your investment goals in 3 easy steps.
Start your search:
Find 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 teams7.
Manage your portfolio:
Access your new Merrill Edge investment account anytime, anywhere—online, on your mobile device and at thousands of Bank of America® ATMs.
Looking for investment advice and guidance?
Meet with a Financial Solutions Advisor at more than 2,000 select Bank of America financial centers.
Or call us 24/7 at 866.460.1282
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 merrilledge.com/rollover or call a Merrill Edge® rollover specialist at 888.637.3343 for more information about your choices.
Other fees may apply. 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 Edge pricing, visit merrilledge.com/pricing.

Important risk disclosures

1 Asset allocation, diversification and rebalancing do not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.
Eligibility: Commissions are only waived for online stock and ETF trades conducted via an individual or jointly owned self-directed personal CMA or IRA account.

Qualify for 30 $0 online stock and ETF trades per month as a Preferred Rewards Platinum client.

Or qualify for 100 $0 online stock and ETF trades per month (meet either one of these criteria):
  • Preferred Rewards Platinum Honors client
  • U.S. Trust Client
For details about commissions, transaction fees and any other fees that may apply visit merrilledge.com/pricing. 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 888.MER.EDGE (888.637.3343).
4 Fees and expenses are subject to change. Please note that other fees and expenses may apply, including early withdrawal penalties and trustee transfer fees. For Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated's standard brokerage fees, please see the Miscellaneous Fees schedule. For Bank of America N.A.'s fees, see your Personal Schedule of Fees.
5 Certain banking and brokerage accounts may be ineligible for real-time money movement, including but not limited to transfers to/from bank IRAs (CD, Money Market), 529s, SafeBalance Banking®, Credit Cards and transfers from IRAs, Loans (HELOC, LOC, Mortgage) and accounts held in the military bank. Accounts eligible for real-time transfers will be displayed online in the to/from drop down menu on the transfer screen.
7 Research provided by BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research.
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