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Full range of 体育平台apps
Self-directed investors have access to a wide range of stocks, options, bonds and ETFs and well-known 体育平台app, and tools that take the guesswork out of choosing 体育平台apps.
Guidance and tools
With an online brokerage account, enjoy an innovative online experience with step-by-step guidance, flexible tools and customizable features built with you in mind.
Straightforward pricing
Unlimited $0 online stock, ETF and options trades — with no trade or balance minimums.Footnote 1 Option contract and other fees may apply.Footnote asterisk *
Insights and ideas
Get actionable insights, updates and timely investing ideas from BofA Global Research, CFRA (powered by S&P Global) and Morningstar.
$600
Get up to $600 when you invest in a new 体育平台app Self‑Directed account. How to qualify for up to $600
Are you an active trader? Get even more insights, more capabilities and more control with 体育平台app MarketPro®Footnote 3

Pricing and fees

Pricing and fees

Straightforward Pricing

Straightforward Pricing
Unlimited $0 online stock,
ETF and options trades
— with no trade
or balance minimums.Footnote 1 Option contract and other fees may apply.Footnote asterisk *
Account minimum: $0
0.45% annual program feeFootnote 5
Other fees may applyFootnote double asterisk **
Qualify for discounted pricing
Account minimum: $5,000
0.85% annual program feeFootnote 5
Other fees may applyFootnote double asterisk **
Qualify for discounted pricing
Account minimum: $20,000
Account minimum
$0
$5,000
$20,000

Get started

Getting started is easy

Choose how you'd like to invest

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A self-directed investing platform that streamlines investing, giving you access to research and insights, step-by-step guidance and flexible tools—all with low, flat-rate pricing.Footnote 6
To get started, open an account online popup, open an account online, and our Quick Start Guide will show you how to create an 体育平台app strategy, choose the right 体育平台apps and manage your portfolio.
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An 体育平台app advisory program aligned to your goals that's built, monitored and rebalanced by Merrill 体育平台app professionals.Footnote 2
To get started, tell us about yourself and your investing goal online. You'll get a recommended 体育平台app strategy aligned to your goals.
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All the benefits of Merrill Guided Investing plus an advisor who will discuss your priorities and provide advice and guidance to help you pursue your goals with our 体育平台app advisory program.
To get started, tell us about yourself and your investing goal online. You'll be able to choose and meet with an advisor in person or on the phone who will discuss your priorities and walk you through the next steps.

Open your online brokerage account

You can complete your account application online in minutes. Here's what you'll need.
  • Social Security number and date of birth
  • A valid mailing and email address
  • Employment information (such as annual income and household net worth)
  • Names and dates of birth for any beneficieries

Fund your account

  • Transfer cash (real timeFootnote 4 or up to 3 days). Fund instantly from your linked Bank of America® banking or Merrill investing account — or within a few days.
  • Wire transfers (same day): Wire funds electronically from another financial institution.
  • Deposit a check (1 to 5 days): Using your mobile device, sign in to the Merrill appFootnote 4 and click on Check Deposit. Or, mail it to: 体育平台app, P.O. Box 962, Newark, NJ 07101.
  • Transfer accounts or securities (5+ days): Transfer an existing brokerage account, IRA account or securities from another financial institution online. You can also transfer securities instantly between your Merrill accounts.

FAQs

FAQs
  • Easily transfer available funds between your Bank of America bank and Merrill 体育平台app accounts.Footnote 4
  • Put your own investing ideas into action with access to a full range of 体育平台app choices.
  • Monitor your portfolio and stay on top of your 体育平台apps anytime, anywhere on your mobile device.
  • Self‑directed investors can manage everyday transactions with services such as check-writing, a Visa® deferred debit card and web bill pay.

    If you need help, call us 24/7 at 888.637.3343888.637.3343
  • You have choices when it comes to brokerage accounts. Open an individual account, a joint account, or if you're investing on behalf of a minor, open a custodial account.

    Have questions? Talk to a Merrill rollover specialist 24/7 at 888.637.3343888.637.3343.
Fund in one of four ways:
  1. Real-time instant fundingFootnote 4 — same-day funding from your eligible linked Bank of America bank account and your new Merrill online brokerage account (transfers from your eligible linked accounts at other financial institutions take up to three business days to process and clear)
  2. Fund by wire transfer — next-day funding from accounts at other financial institutions received by 4 p.m. ET will post to your new Merrill account the next day
  3. Fund by check — send a personal, cashier or bank check to:

    体育平台app
    P.O. Box #962
    Newark, NJ 07101-0962

    Deposited funds typically post to the account within two days of receipt. Funds are available for 体育平台app when posted, but can be held from withdrawal for up to eight days.
  4. Transfer an account — the transfer of securities or accounts held at another financial institution typically takes 5+ business days. Moving securities from one of your Merrill accounts to another is real time.
Access a full range of 体育平台apps, including: stocks, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), bonds and thousands of well-known 体育平台app.
For a simpler approach, consider opening a Merrill Guided Investing account where you can invest with a low-cost portfolio built, managed and rebalanced by the 体育平台app professionals at Merrill.Footnote 2
  • Yes. Self-directed investors can write an unlimited number of checks from their brokerage accounts.

Recognized for excellence

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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 7
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体育平台app 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 8
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体育平台app Self-Directed ranked No.1 for User Experience, Kiplinger's Personal Finance -Best Online Brokers 2020, 2019 Footnote 9
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BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research was ranked #1 in 2019.Footnote 6

Help when you need it

Call 888.637.3343888.637.3343
Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Important disclosures

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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.
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Other fees may apply. Sales of ETFs 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 and 体育平台app. To learn more about pricing, visit our Pricing page.
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Merrill waives its commissions for all online stock, ETF and option trades placed in a 体育平台app® 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.
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The Chief Investment Office (CIO) develops the 体育平台app strategies for Merrill Guided Investing and Merrill Guided Investing with Advisor, including providing its recommendations of ETFs, 体育平台app 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 体育平台app 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 体育平台apps through other programs and services, both 体育平台app 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.
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体育平台app MarketPro® is available to clients who maintain a 体育平台app® Self-Directed relationship. Not available to 体育平台app professionals or for trust accounts and business accounts. Relationship requirements and pricing are subject to change.
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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.
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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 体育平台apps 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).
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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 体育平台app 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 体育平台app 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.
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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 体育平台app 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.
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体育平台app 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 popup. Rankings and recognition from StockBrokers.com are no guarantee of future 体育平台app 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.
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体育平台app Self-Directed was ranked 4 out of 11 online brokers by Kiplinger's Personal Finance's "Best Online Brokers," survey August 2020. 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, 体育平台app choices, mobile app, tools, research, advisory services and user experience. Rankings for subcategories may vary. Learn more at Kiplinger's Personal Finance popup, August 2020 © 2020 The Kiplinger Washington Editors. Used under License. Merrill provides access to research from BofA Global Research, CFRA (powered by S&P Global), Morningstar and others. Rankings and recognition from Kiplinger's are no guarantee of future 体育平台app 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.
Options involve risk and are not suitable for all investors. Certain requirements must be met to trade options. Before engaging in the purchase or sale of options, investors should understand the nature of and extent of their rights and obligations and be aware of the risks involved in investing with options. Please read the options disclosure document titled "Characteristics and Risks of Standardized Options (PDF)" before considering any option transaction. You may also call the Investment Center at 877.653.4732 for a copy. A separate client agreement is needed. Multi-leg option orders are charged one base commission per order, plus a per-contract charge.
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, and wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation.

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