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Outlook 2021: Investment opportunities for the coming year
Michael Hartnett explains why strong corporate profits and low interest rates could broaden the bull market in equities and create a favorable backdrop for corporate bonds.
Outlook 2021: Can the economy continue to recover?
Michelle Meyer, head of U.S. Economics for BofA Global Research, highlights several positive economic signs to watch for in 2021.
3 reasons for the strength in the housing market
Housing has been one of the strongest areas of the economic recovery following the shock from the coronavirus. Michelle Meyer, head of U.S. Economics for BofA Global Research, looks at some of the key factors.
Merrill Perspectives Podcast
We'll take you beyond the headlines to better understand today's changing world — and potential impact for your financial life.
Dealing with volatility: What you need to know now
Timely insights to help you manage risk when markets shift
Capital Market Outlook
Merrill Lynch investment strategists share commentary on what’s going on across global markets each week, plus offer thoughts on what’s ahead.
Market Decode: Balancing risk and reward with asset allocation
Senior investment strategist Marci McGregor explains how asset allocation can help you find the right mix of stocks, bonds and cash to match your risk tolerance.
4 tax moves to consider early in your career
These tactics could potentially help you save on your taxes now while putting you in a better position to work toward your long-term investing goals.
Tax-smart investment strategies you should consider
While taxes shouldn't necessarily drive your investment decisions, they are an important consideration.

Here's what you should know.
Impact investing and/or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) managers may take into consideration factors beyond traditional financial information to select securities, which could result in relative investment performance deviating from other strategies or broad market benchmarks, depending on whether such sectors or investments are in or out of favor in the market. Further, ESG strategies may rely on certain values based criteria to eliminate exposures found in similar strategies or broad market benchmarks, which could also result in relative investment performance deviating.
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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