A Transforming World

5 Global Forces Shaping the
Investment Landscape
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EARTH
The Efficient Energy Frontier
Progress on many fronts helps make better use of fuel and power.
Aligning Your Investing Goals with Your Principles
Choosing socially responsible investments that match your personal values could now help your portfolio as well as your conscience. Find out why.
Socially responsible investing
Matching your portfolio with a belief in a better world.
Solving the Energy Challenge
The soaring demand for energy presents economic, environmental and security issues. More efficient technologies may be the answer, says Sarbjit Nahal of BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research.
 
 
MARKETS
The U.S. Dollar
The U.S. Dollar
Buoyed by American growth, we expect the currency to stay strong.
Get insights from Merrill Lynch to keep your portfolio on track in any financial climate.
Strategies to help you manage your investments in changing markets
Merrill Lynch strategists weigh in on how to keep your portfolio on track in any market.
Watch 'The Case for Thematic Investing'
The Case for Thematic Investing
Investing in long-term themes could provide the opportunity for the most promising growth stories in today's global market. Here's why.
How to select bonds that match your goals & help you manage risk
Bonds can play an important role in diversifying an investment portfolio as long as investors understand the risks associated with investing in bonds.
Managing fixed income when interest rates rise
Begin by taking a thoughtful approach. Consider total returns and not just current yields. Maintain a well-diversified portfolio.
Portfolio rebalancing
Is your portfolio in sync with your goals? See how rebalancing your portfolio, including reallocating stocks, bonds and cash, can be a critical step in helping you stay on track.
 
INNOVATION
A Conversation with GE's Jeffrey Immelt
The Chairman and CEO of one of American's most innovative companies discusses U.S. manufacturing, energy independence and how the latest technological breakthroughs are transforming our future.
Innovative companies may boost your returns
Industry leaders in R&D have shown the ability to generate shareholder value and may help you pursue your goals.
Disruptive tech will change your life
But in a good way. Merrill Lynch CIO Ashvin Chhabra explores how the digital revolution is ushering in a new wave of innovation.
Investing in the next big change
Disruptive technologies change everything — until everything changes again. How can one balance the potential of great innovations with the certainty that some will sink as fast as they rise?
 
 
PEOPLE
Values and Impact Investing
Values and Impact Investing
Opportunities to express personal values through investing.
3 retirement challenges women face
3 Retirement Challenges Women Face
Longevity, the earnings gap and financial confidence. Get insights on how women can address these challenges.
Watch 'Why Cities Are The Future Of Global Growth'
Why Cities Are The Future Of Global Growth
Every week, millions of people make the move from rural communities to urban centers — something global investor Arif Naqvi considers "the most important trend of our lifetimes."
Watch 'The Global Fight Against Obesity'
The Global Fight Against Obesity
The statistics are alarming, but the tide may be turning. And investors could play an important role, says Sarbjit Nahal of BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research.
Watch 'Education for All: Building A Better Future'
Education for All: Building A Better Future
In both the developed and developing world, the face of learning is changing. The future may depend on what we do now.
The end of old: A conversation about longevity
Jane Pauley moderates a panel discussion about the surprising ways that living longer is changing government, society and our lives.
 
GOVERNMENT
Washington's Unfinished Business
Changes to fiscal and monetary policies are ahead, but will evolve slowly.
Former United States Senator Bob Kerrey
The Clear-Eyed Optimist
Bob Kerrey sees a future in which Americans live longer and better, and find innovative solutions to a wide range of problems.
Will the Affordable Care Act impact your finances?
How Health Care Reform Could Impact Your Wallet
Discover how the Affordable Care Act could impact your finances, and learn how to manage potential cost changes.
6 Tax Moves to Consider Early in Your Career
6 Tax-Smart Moves to Make Early in Your Career
Use these tax-efficient strategies to help make the most of your long-term investments.
Watch 'China: Charting a New Course'
China: Charting a New Course
Stephen Schwarzman of private equity giant Blackstone explains why he's optimistic about the future of the world's second largest economy.
What 30-, 40- and 50-year-olds need to know about Social Security
Our expert panel discusses how Social Security will affect your retirement plans - and what you can do now to boost your retirement income later.
Tax-smart investment strategies you should consider
While taxes shouldn't necessarily drive your investment descisions, they are an important consideration.

Here's what you should know.
Stay ahead of tomorrow's health care costs
Taking a few steps now, while you're still working, to prepare for your health care costs in retirement can give you more choices down the road.
 
 
In a world where change is both constant and expected, there are basic, everlasting themes that will remain essential and relevant to people's individual goals and needs.
Ashvin Chhabra
Chief Investment Officer
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
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Global investing poses special risks, including foreign taxation, currency fluctuation, risk associated with possible differences in financial standards and other monetary and political risks.

Investing in fixed-income securities may involve certain risks, including the credit quality of individual issuers, possible prepayments, market or economic developments and yields and share price fluctuations due to changes in interest rates. When interest rates go up, bond prices typically drop, and vice versa.

Investments focused in a certain industry may pose additional risks due to lack of diversification, industry volatility, economic turmoil, susceptibility to economic, political or regulatory risks and other sector concentration risks.

Asset allocation, diversification, and rebalancing do not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.

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