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Merrill Edge® Self-Directed

An exclusive offer just for you

Preferred Rewards members get up to $1,000 when you invest in a new Merrill Edge® Self‑Directed account. Offer ends 5/22/22.Footnote 1
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Everything you need to invest the way you want Your account gives you

Investing ideas

Previous slide of 4  Next slide of 4  You don't have to start from scratch. Get access to the investing ideas, research and personalized tools you need to invest with confidence.

$0 trades

Previous slide of 4  Next slide of 4  Get unlimited free online stock, ETF and option trades with no trade or balance minimums.Footnote 2 Options contract and other fees may apply.Footnote *

More Rewards

Previous slide of 4  Next slide of 4  As a Preferred Rewards member, investment balances count toward your program balances and can bump you to the next tier and even greater rewards.Footnote 1

Investing & banking connected

Previous slide of 4  Next slide of 4  You can view and instantly transfer funds between your Merrill investment accounts and Bank of America® bank accounts.Footnote 3
Kiplinger's Personal Finance Best Online Brokers 2020

#1 for Customer ServiceFootnote 4

#1 for Customer Service

Merrill Edge® Self-Directed was ranked #1 for Customer Service.Footnote 4

Bank of America® Preferred Rewards

Three-month combined average daily balance


$20k to < $50k three‑month combined average daily balance


$50k to < $100k three‑month combined average daily balance

Platinum Honors

$100k to < $1M three‑month combined average daily balance

Enjoy benefits that grow with your balances

As a Bank of America Preferred Rewards member, you can enjoy many exclusive benefits and pricing discounts, all designed around the ways you save, spend and borrow with Bank of America and invest with Merrill®. When your balances work together, you can maximize the rewards you earn.

How it works


Choose an account

Select Get started and choose from our variety of investment accounts. Or call 888.637.3343

Determine a bonus level

Qualifying Assets Cash Reward
$20,000 $100
$50,000 $200
$100,000 $400
$250,000 or more $1,000

Make a qualifying deposit

to your new account within 45 days and maintain your balance for at least 90 days

Get up to $1,000

when you invest in a new Merrill Edge® Self‑Directed account.Footnote 2
Use offer code: 1000PR

There's more than one way to invest

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Guided InvestingFootnote 5

An investment advisory program where you can get a portfolio that's monitored and rebalanced by a team of Merrill investment professionals.

Guided Investing with an advisorFootnote 5

An investment advisory program where you can work with an advisor to define and pursue your investing goals and get ongoing advice when you want it.
For more complex wealth management needs, invest with a dedicated advisor who can help grow and preserve your wealth.
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.
Footnote 1 Offer valid for new and existing individual Merrill IRAs or Cash Management Accounts (CMA) opened before May 22, 2022. Cash bonus offers, in the aggregate, are limited to one CMA and one IRA per accountholder. Eligible Merrill IRAs limited to Rollover, Traditional, Roth and owner-only SEP IRA. The Merrill IRA or CMA may be a Merrill Edge Self-Directed account, Merrill Edge Advisory Account, Merrill Guided Investing account or Merrill Guided Investing with Advisor account. You may be eligible for a different or better offer. Please contact us for more information.

Offer Limitations: This offer does not apply to business/corporate accounts, investment club accounts, partnership accounts and certain fiduciary accounts held with Merrill, or to any types of accounts (including IRAs or CMAs) held with other business units of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (MLPF&S). Merrill reserves the right to change or cancel this offer at any time, without notice. This offer may not be used as an inducement to sell any kind of insurance, including annuities.

How it Works:

  1. You must enroll during account opening by entering the offer code in the online application during account opening or by providing it when speaking with a Merrill Financial Solutions Advisor at 888.637.3343 or at select Bank of America® financial centers. You are solely responsible for enrolling or asking to be enrolled in the offer.
  2. Fund your account with at least $20,000 in qualifying net new assets within 45 days of account opening. Assets transferred from other accounts at Bank of America, MLPF&S, Bank of America Private Bank, or 401(k) accounts administered by MLPF&S do not count towards qualifying net new assets.
  3. You must be enrolled in Preferred Rewards as of 90 days from meeting the funding criteria described in Step 2.
  4. After 90 days from meeting the funding criteria described in Step 2, your cash reward will be determined by the qualifying net new assets in your account (irrespective of any losses or gains due to trading or market volatility) as follows:
    Qualifying Net New Asset Balance   Cash Reward
    Less than $20,000 $0
    $20,000 to $49,999 $100
    $50,000 to $99,999 $200
    $100,000 to $249,000 $400
    $250,000 or more $1,000
    For purposes of this offer, qualifying net new assets are calculated by adding total incoming assets or transfers (including cash, securities and/or margin debit balance transfers) from external accounts, and subtracting assets withdrawn or transferred out of the account within the preceding 24 weeks.
  5. Your one-time cash reward will be credited to your IRA or CMA within two weeks following the end of the 90 day period. If your account is enrolled in an investment advisory program, such as Merrill Edge Advisory Account, Merrill Guided Investing account or Merrill Guided Investing with Advisor account, any cash reward deposited into your account will be subject to the program fee and other terms of the investment advisory program.
Customers not enrolled in Preferred Rewards as of 90 days after funding will receive the following cash reward: qualifying net new assets of $20,000 to $49,999 receive $100; for $50,000-$99,999, receive $150; for $100,000-$249,999, receive $250; for $250,000 or more, receive $600.

You maintain your Preferred Rewards status if you have an active, eligible Bank of America® personal checking account and maintain a qualifying three-month combined average daily balance of at least $20,000 for the Gold tier, $50,000 for the Platinum tier, $100,000 for the Platinum Honors tier, $1,000,000 for the Diamond tier and $10,000,000 for the Diamond Honors tier in your combined qualifying Bank of America deposit accounts (such as checking, savings, certificate of deposit) and/or your Merrill investment accounts (such as Cash Management Accounts, 529 Plans). The qualifying balance is calculated based on your combined average daily balance for a three calendar month period. Benefits become effective within 30 days of your enrollment, or for new accounts within 30 days of account opening, unless we indicate otherwise. Refer to your Personal Schedule of Fees (PDF) for details on accounts that qualify towards the combined balance calculation and receive program benefits. For details on employee qualification requirements, please call Employee Financial Services or visit the Bank of America intranet site.

Learn more about Preferred Rewards

Tax Disclaimer: The cash reward will be credited as investment earnings to your account. Merrill may issue an Internal Revenue Service Form 1099 (or other appropriate form) to you that reflects the value of the reward. If the cash reward is credited to your IRA, the IRS may view the reward as taxable income or as a contribution to the IRA (if it is an excess contribution, it may be subject to an annual 6% excise tax if not timely distributed). Please consult your tax advisor for more information regarding the proper tax treatment. Bank of America and Merrill do not provide tax, accounting, regulatory or legal advice and are not responsible for any adverse tax consequences (including taxes, penalties and interest) related to the reward.

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 (particularly with reference to employer stock), and different types of protection from creditors and legal judgments. These are complex choices and should be considered with care. For more information visit our rollover page or call Merrill at 888.637.3343.
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.
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, Bank of America Advantage 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.
Merrill Edge Self-Directed was ranked 4 out of 11 online brokers by Kiplinger's Personal Finance's "Best Online Brokers," survey August 2021. To be included, firms had to offer online trading of stocks, ETFs, funds and individual bonds. Results based on ratings in the following categories: commissions and fees, investment choices, mobile app, tools, research, advisory services and customer service. Rankings for subcategories may vary Learn more at Kiplinger's Personal Finance popup, August 2021 © 2021 The Kiplinger Washington Editors. Used under License. Merrill provides access to research from BofA Global Research, CFRA (powered by S&P Global), Morningstar and others. Rankings and recognition from Kiplinger's are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement.
Please review the applicable Merrill Guided Investing Program Brochure (PDF) or Merrill Guided Investing with Advisor Program Brochure (PDF) for information including the program fee, 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 fiduciary of this account for the benefit of the account owner or account holder (e.g., trustee for a trust or custodian for an UTMA), please keep in mind that these assets will be invested for the benefit of the account owner or account holder. Merrill 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 & Smith Incorporated ("MLPF&S") and Managed Account Advisors LLC ("MAA") an affiliate of MLPF&S. MLPF&S and MAA are registered investment advisers. Investment adviser registration does not imply a certain level of skill or training.
The Chief Investment Office (CIO) develops the investment strategies for Merrill Guided Investing and Merrill Guided Investing with Advisor, including providing its recommendations of ETFs, mutual funds and related asset allocations. Managed Account Advisors LLC (MAA), Merrill's affiliate, is the overlay portfolio manager responsible for implementing the Merrill Guided Investing strategies for client accounts, including facilitating the purchase & sale of ETFs and mutual funds in client accounts and updating account asset allocations when the CIO's recommendations change while also implementing any applicable individual client or firm restriction(s).
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