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Why Merrill

 

The power to put plans into action

At Merrill, we have the people, tools and personalized
advice and guidance to help turn your ambitions
into action.
 

Investing and banking made simple

Link your Merrill investing and Bank of America banking accounts to view and manage your accounts online and on your mobile device. With just one login, you can transfer funds instantly between your accounts.Footnote 2 Learn more about linking your accounts

Preferred Rewards

Enjoy real benefits and rewards on your Merrill investing and Bank of America banking account balances. And as your balances grow, so do your benefits. Learn more about Preferred Rewards

Streamlined experiences designed for any investor

Introducing an innovative new way to invest online with a personalized experience that can
simplify how you choose investments and help you make more informed decisions —
so you can manage your portfolio with the tools to help you invest with confidence.
Merrill Edge Online Trading

Award-winning research & insights

Make more informed investment decisions with insights and perspectives, timely investing ideas and access to award-winning research from BofA Global Research.Footnote 3

What matters to you most

Use our tools, information and solutions to help you plan for what matters to you,
from pursuing your retirement and other financial goals to managing your financial priorities.
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Investing your way

At Merrill, you have the freedom to invest on your own terms—exactly the way
you want. And as your investing needs change, you can feel comfortable knowing that
we'll be there for you every step of the way.

Merrill Edge® Self-Directed

A streamlined investing platform giving you access to researchFootnote 3 and insights, step-by-step guidance and flexible tools.
Free
Get unlimited $0 online stock, ETF and option trades with no trade or balance minimumsFootnote 1
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Merrill Guided Investing

A professionally managed portfolio aligned to your goals that's built, monitored and rebalanced by Merrill investment professionals.Footnote 8
0.45%
Annual program feeFootnote 9
Other fees may applyFootnote 1
 
Minimum investment
$5,000

Merrill Guided Investing with an advisor

All the benefits of Merrill Guided Investing with an advisor who will discuss your priorities and provide advice and guidance to help you pursue your goals.
0.85%
Annual program feeFootnote 9
Other fees may applyFootnote 1
 
Minimum investment
$20,000

Have more complex wealth management needs?

Invest with a Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor, a Merrill Private Wealth Advisor, or a team of Bank of America Private Bank specialists to help you grow, preserve and manage your wealth.Footnote 6
Merrill a Bank of America Company
Bank of America Private Bank
Help when you want it
Turn to us for step-by-step guidance when you have questions
or need help getting the most out of Merrill.
$600
Get up to $600 when you invest in a new Merrill Edge Self-Directed account. How to qualify for our $600 offer
Recognized for excellence
Merrill Investment Center has been recognized by J.D. Power by providing "An Outstanding Customer Service Experience" for Phone support for 9 years in a row.Footnote 4
Merrill Edge Self-Directed was awarded #1 for Overall Client Experience (for the second year in a row), #1 for access to Banking and #1 for ESG Investing in the StockBrokers.com 2020 Annual Broker Review.Footnote 5
Kiplinger's Best Online Brokers 2019
Merrill Edge Self‑Directed was ranked #1 for User Experience 2019Footnote 6
Institutional Investor
BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research was ranked #1 in 2019.Footnote 3
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Other fees may apply. Free and $0 means there is no commission charged for these trades. $0 option trades are subject to a $0.65 per-contract fee. Sales are subject to a transaction fee of between $0.01 and $0.03 per $1,000 of principal. There are costs associated with owning ETFs. To learn more about Merrill pricing, visit our Pricing page.
Footnote 
Merrill waives its commissions for all online stock, ETF and option trades placed in a Merrill Edge® Self-Directed brokerage account. Brokerage fees associated with, but not limited to, margin transactions, special stock registration/gifting, account transfer and processing and termination apply. $0 option trades are subject to a $0.65 per-contract fee. Other fees and restrictions may apply. Pricing is subject to change without advance notice.
Footnote 
Certain banking and brokerage accounts may be ineligible for real-time money movement, including but not limited to transfers to/from bank IRAs (CD, Money Market), 529s, Bank of America Advantage SafeBalance Banking™, Credit Cards and transfers from IRAs, Loans (HELOC, LOC, Mortgage) and accounts held in the military bank. Accounts eligible for real-time transfers will be displayed online in the to/from drop down menu on the transfer screen.
Footnote 
Institutional Investor magazine announced BofA Global Research as the Top Global Research Firm in 2019 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. BofA Global Research is research produced by BofA Securities, Inc ("BofAS") and/or one or more of its affiliates. BofAS is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC popup, and wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation. For more information about this award, go to Institutional Investor popup. Rankings and recognition from Institutional Investor are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement.
Footnote 
J.D. Power 2019 Certified Customer Service ProgramSM recognition is based on successful completion of an evaluation and exceeding a customer satisfaction benchmark through a survey of recent servicing interactions. For more information, visit J.D. Power popup. Rankings and recognition from J.D. Power are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement. Participation in this survey was paid for by Merrill.
Footnote 
Merrill Edge Self-Directed was evaluated as one of 15 online brokers in StockBrokers.com 2020 Online Broker Review published on January 21, 2020. StockBrokers.com evaluated brokers using 236 variables across 8 categories. The Best In Class rating recognizes brokers that ranked in the top 5 in that category. Learn more at StockBrokers.com. Rankings and recognition from StockBrokers.com are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement.
Footnote 
Merrill Edge Self-Directed was ranked 5 out of 10 online brokers by Kiplinger's Personal Finance's "Best Online Brokers," survey August 2019. To be included, firms had to offer online trading of stocks, ETFs, funds and individual bonds. Results based on ratings in the following categories: commissions and fees, investment choices, mobile app, tools, research, advisory services and user experience. Learn more at Kiplinger's Personal Finance popup, August 2019 © 2019 The Kiplinger Washington Editors. Used under License. Merrill provides access to research from BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, CFRA (powered by S&P Global), Morningstar and others. Rankings and recognition from Kiplinger's are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement.
Footnote 
Asset allocation, diversification and rebalancing do not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.
Footnote 
The Chief Investment Office (CIO) develops the investment strategies for Merrill Guided Investing and Merrill Guided Investing with Advisor, including providing its recommendations of ETFs, mutual funds and related asset allocations. Managed Account Advisors LLC (MAA), Merrill's affiliate, is the overlay portfolio manager responsible for implementing the Merrill Guided Investing strategies for client accounts, including facilitating the purchase & sale of ETFs and mutual funds in client accounts and updating account asset allocations when the CIO's recommendations change while also implementing any applicable individual client or firm restriction(s).

You may also be able to obtain the same or similar services or types of investments through other programs and services, both investment advisory and brokerage, offered by Merrill; these may be available at lower or higher fees than charged by the Program. The services that you receive by investing through Merrill Guided Investing or Merrill Guided Investing with Advisor will be different from the services you receive through other programs. You may also be able to obtain some or all of these types of services from other firms, and if they are available, the fees associated with them may be lower or higher than the fees we charge.
Footnote 
Merrill Guided Investing and Merrill Guided Investing with Advisor have an annual program fee of 0.45% and 0.85%, respectively, based on the assets held in the account. This fee is charged monthly in advance. In addition to the annual program fee, the expenses of the investments will vary based on the specific funds within each portfolio. Actual fund expenses will vary; please refer to each fund's prospectus. To learn more about pricing, visit the Merrill Guided Investing Program Brochure (PDF) or the Merrill Guided Investing with Advisor Program Brochure (PDF).
Market indices or other benchmark returns are shown for comparison purposes only, and there is no assurance or guarantee that such performance will be achieved. Indices have not been screened or selected according to the investment style of the accounts. All indices are selected by the user and may or may not offer appropriate comparisons to your account. The indices available represent a subset of all indices used in various markets and the list may change over time. Indices are unmanaged. Individuals cannot invest directly in an index.

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.
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (also referred to as "MLPF&S" or "Merrill") makes available certain investment products sponsored, managed, distributed or provided by companies that are affiliates of Bank of America Corporation ("BofA Corp."). MLPF&S is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of BofA Corp.

Banking products are provided by Bank of America, N.A., and affiliated banks, Members FDIC, and wholly owned subsidiaries of BofA Corp.

Merrill Private Wealth Management is a division of MLPF&S that offers a broad array of personalized wealth management products and services. Both brokerage and investment advisory services (including financial planning) are offered by the Private Wealth Advisors through MLPF&S. The nature and degree of advice and assistance provided, the fees charged, and client rights and Merrill's obligations will differ among these services. The banking, credit and trust services sold by the Private Wealth Advisors are offered by licensed banks and trust companies, including Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC, and other affiliated banks.
Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC, a wholly owned subsidiary of BofA Corp.
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