Fidelity's standard online price is $7.95 per equity or ETF trade (excluding certain iShares and Fidelity ETFs offered commission-free). Schwab's standard online price is $6.95 per equity or ETF trade (excluding ETFs available through Schwab ETF OneSource™ when placed in a Schwab account that are available commission-free). 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. TD Ameritrade's standard online price is $9.99 per equity or ETF trade. Note: Competitive comparison pricing information as of 02/02/2017 excludes special promotional offerings and sales of fractional shares. Footnote2
$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.
a) 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:
i) 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.
ii) 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 sweep with your IRA
iii) Or Client of Preferred Rewards Platinum
b) Commissions are waived for 100 online equity trades each month including stock and ETFs on behalf of MLPF&S, for customers who meet any one of the following criteria:
i) A Client of Preferred Rewards Platinum Honors
ii) Or Client of U.S. Trust
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).
You are eligible to enroll in the Preferred Rewards program if you have an active, eligible Bank of America personal checking account and maintain a three month average combined balance in your qualifying Bank of America deposit accounts and/or your qualifying Merrill Edge and Merrill Lynch investment accounts of at least $20,000 for the Gold tier, $50,000 for the Platinum tier, or $100,000 for the Platinum Honors tier. SafeBalance Banking accounts do not count towards the account or balance requirements, and do not receive the fee waivers and other benefits of the program. Certain benefits are also available without enrolling in Preferred Rewards if you satisfy balance and other requirements. For details on Employee qualification requirements, please visit the Employee Banking & Investments website. The Preferred Rewards Gold tier does not include the $0 online equity and ETF trades via Merrill Edge®, a benefit that is currently available at the Platinum and Platinum Honors tiers of Preferred Rewards. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management clients with greater than $250,000 in assets with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch are eligible for additional banking benefits. Please speak with your Merrill Lynch financial advisor for details. Footnote3
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recognition is based on successful completion of an audit and exceeding a customer satisfaction benchmark through a survey of recent servicing interactions. For more information, visit www.jdpower.com/ccc
Merrill Edge was one of 16 brokers evaluated in the Barron's 2016 Best Online Broker Survey, March 19, 2016. Barron's evaluated firms in 8 categories to rate and rank the firms in those categories, by investor type and provide an overall rating & ranking. Learn more at http://webreprints.djreprints.com/51875.html
. Barron's is a trademark of Dow Jones & Co., L.P. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission of Barron's. Footnote5
Merrill Edge was named by Kiplinger's Personal Finance as one of the seven "Best Online Brokers," August 2016
. To be included, firms had to offer online trading of stocks, ETFs, mutual funds and bonds. Learn more at http://www.kiplinger.com/article/investing/T047-C000-S002-best-of-the-online-brokers-2016.html
. From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, August 2016 © 2016 The Kiplinger Washington Editors. Used under License. Footnote6 Institutional Investor
magazine announced BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research as the Top Global Research Firm for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 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 http://www.iim.ag/topfirms
The NextGen Plan is a Section 529 plan administered by the Finance Authority of Maine. Before you invest in the NextGen plan, request a NextGen College Investing Plan Program Description from us and read it carefully. The Program Description contains more complete information, including investment objectives, charges, expenses and risks of investing in the NextGen plan, which you should carefully consider before investing. You also should consider whether your home state or your designated beneficiary's home state offers any state tax or other benefits that are only available for investments in such state's 529 plan. Section 529 plans are not guaranteed by any state or federal agency. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated is the program manager, underwriter and distributor.
Equity securities sold through Merrill Edge self-directed investing are subject to stock market fluctuations that occur in response to economic and business developments. Options Trades: Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Certain requirements must be met to trade options. Before engaging in the purchase or sale of options, investors should understand the nature of and extent of their rights and obligations and be aware of the risks involved in investing with options. Prior to buying or selling an option, clients must receive the options disclosure document " Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options." Call the Investment Center at 877.653.4732 for a copy. A separate client agreement is needed. Orders which involve multiple option transactions will be charged a separate commission on each leg of the option order.
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 877.653.4732 for assistance.
Mutual fund share prices fluctuate in accordance with market and economic conditions and it's possible to lose money by investing in mutual funds.
Fixed Income: Fixed income orders contain order information on Agency Discounts/Notes/Bonds, Certificates of Deposit, Corporate Bonds, Municipal Bonds and Treasury Bond investment vehicles.
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.
A Brokered Certificate of Deposit is different than a bank Certificate of Deposit. It is sold for a bank by a broker while a Certificate of Deposit can be purchased directly from a bank. Brokered CDs may offer higher rates of return, but their value may fluctuate with changing interest rates. Banking products are provided by Bank of America, N.A. and affiliated banks. Members FDIC and wholly owned subsidiaries of Bank of America Corporation. DRS Eligible
refers to securities held electronically at transfer agent (Direct Registration System). Non-DRS Eligible security fee is equal to amount charged to Merrill Edge by the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation.
The offering of cash rewards, free trades, waiver of fees (including account fees), and/or any other thing of value may not be used as an inducement to sell any kind of insurance, including life insurance or annuities.