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Mid-year outlook: Why we're still bullish on the markets
Despite recurring volatility this year, healthy corporate profits and above-trend global growth should keep the bull market going, says CIO Christopher Hyzy.
Mid-year outlook: Bright spots, new risks
Chief Investment Officer Christopher Hyzy highlights factors that could extend — or slow — the bull market in the second half of the year
10 powerful, positive trends shaping our world
From biotechnology making us healthier to smart cities making us safer, here are 10 major forces that could help create a better, fairer, and more productive world.
Investing in a disorderly world
From political and economic upheavals to military conflicts and terrorist attacks, big geopolitical events can be challenging for investors. But, while often unexpected and unnerving, they shouldn't deter you from pursuing your long-term financial goals.
Dealing with volatility What you need to know now
Dealing with volatility: What you need to know now
Timely insights to help you manage risk when markets shift
Get weekly insights across global markets from Merrill Lynch strategists.
CIO 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.
Workers in a U.S. factory operate a machine
U.S. productivity growth: Miserable or just mismeasured?
Theories on why the GDP still hasn't lived up to expectations.
Potential U.S. infrastructure improvements are numerous
Getting a bigger bang for the infrastructure buck
Infrastructure investment can deliver significant economic benefits if U.S. policy makers target the right projects.
How will artificial intelligence impact some key investment sectors?
The rise of the machines
Advances in artificial intelligence are having a growing impact on sectors as diverse as retail, healthcare and manufacturing.
Digital innovations are connecting the globe
Globalization's digital future
How technology and innovation will affect global free trade.
Impact investing: The performance realitiesFootnote 1
Investing with your conscience no longer has to mean sacrificing potential returns.
Watch 'Alister and Cecile’s story'
Alister and Cecile's story
Watch a personal story featuring Alister Bazaz whose wife has early-onset Alzheimer's.
4 tax saving moves for young professionals to consider
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
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.
Stay ahead of tomorrow's health care costs
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.
Footnote 1 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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