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Barron's 2015 Online Brokerage Review - 4 Stars

One of the best online brokers

Merrill Edge received 4 out of 5 stars rating from Barron's 2015 Best Online Broker Survey for 2 years in a row (2014, 2015).1 We also earned top honors in these key areas for 3 years in a row (2013, 2014, 2015): Best for Long-Term Investing (4 out of 5 stars) and Best for In-Person Service (4 out of 5 stars).

Rated an outstanding customer service experience by JD Power

An outstanding customer service experience

Merrill Edge Contact Centers have been recognized by J.D. Power for providing "An Outstanding Customer Service Experience," for the Live Phone Channel for four years in a row.2

Kiplinger's Best Online Brokers 2014

One of the "Best Online Brokers"

Merrill Edge was recognized as one of the "Best Online Brokers" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance, December 2014. We also earned top honors for our tools (5 out of 5 stars), website (4.5 out of 5 stars) and mobile (4 out of 5 stars).3

Ranked #1 Global Research Firm by Institutional Investor

One of the most respected research organizations

BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research was awarded #1 Global Research Firm for the fourth straight year by Institutional Investor.4

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Rated best in class for online investing and banking by

Recognized for low prices and banking services

Merrill Edge received 4 out of 5 stars from 2015 for Commissions & Fees.5 "Compared to other full-service brokers such as TD Ameritrade, Fidelity, Charles Schwab, ETRADE, and Scottrade, Merrill Edge offers the lowest rates." ( 2/17/2015)

  • One of the Best Online Brokers in their 2014 and 2015 Online Broker Reviews
  • "Best-in-Class" Distinction: Customer Service, Research, and Investor Education (2015)
  • 5 out of 5 stars for Banking (2015)
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Recognized for customer service excellence by the Customer Service Institute of America

Recognized for customer service excellence

Merrill Edge received top honors from The Customer Service Institute of America, winning the 2014 International Service Excellence Award in the Contact Center Category.6 Learn more
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1 Merrill Edge was evaluated against 18 others in the Barron's 2015 Best Online Broker Survey, March 7, 2015. Learn more at Barron's is a trademark of Dow Jones & Co., L.P. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission of Barron's.

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3 Merrill Edge was named by Kiplinger's Personal Finance as one of the ten "Best Online Brokers," December, 2014. To be included, firms had to offer online trading of stocks, ETFs, mutual funds and bonds. Learn more at From Kiplinger's Personal Finance, December, 2014. © 2014 The Kiplinger Washington Editors. All rights reserved. Used by permission and protected by the Copyright Laws of the United States. The printing, copying, redistribution, or retransmission of this Content without express written permission is prohibited.

4 Institutional Investor magazine announced BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research as the Top Global Research Firm for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, 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

5 Merrill Edge was evaluated as one of 15 online brokers in 2015 Online Broker Review published on February 17, 2015. Learn more at

6 Merrill Edge was named the "Winner" in the Contact Center category by the Customer Service Institute of America in 2014. Competitors are evaluated on the 25 attributes of the International Customer Service Standard and must meet initial assessment criteria to qualify for an onsite visit. Learn more

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