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12/8/14 4:00 pm EST

CFOs believe the U.S. economy is at its highest level since the 2008 recession and anticipate growth in their sales, workforce and companies in 2015, according to the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2015 CFO Outlook survey results released today.

In the survey of 603 financial executives with annual revenues ranging from $25 million to $2 billion, a majority of CFOs report the outlook for their companies as increasingly positive. more...

11/25/14 8:00 am EST

Bank of America’s Global Wealth and Investment Management (GWIM) division today announced that it has signed the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) on behalf of its discretionary asset management businesses. The unit (GWIM) is comprised primarily of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and U.S. Trust.

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11/18/14 8:30 am EST

Global investors have a restored appetite for risk amid greater optimism over the outlook for profits and the economy, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for November.

A net 47 percent of the global panel expects the economy to strengthen in the year ahead, a rise from a net 33 percent in October. Investors have expressed similar positivity over profits – a net 42 percent say that global corporate profits will more...

11/12/14 10:00 am EST

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Head of Global Wealth and Retirement Solutions Andy Sieg will receive the Chairman’s Award of Distinction from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) this evening at a ceremony in New York City. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to the field of aging research.

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11/4/14 8:30 am EST

Global Transaction Services at Bank of America Merrill Lynch today announced the launch of a continuum of solutions to address the various challenges companies face when managing large volumes of cash and check receivables. The two new products, Safe Connect PlusTM and CASH360 LiteTM, complement the existing receivables solutions – Safe Connect TM and CASH360 TM – to provide a suite of cash and paper handling options that address more...

11/3/14 9:00 am EST

BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research announced the October 30 launch of the BofA Merrill Lynch Green Bond Index (ticker GREN). The index is designed to track the performance of debt issued by quasi-governments and corporations where the proceeds of the issue are to be used solely for projects and activities that promote climate or other environmental sustainability purposes.

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11/3/14 8:30 am EST

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a leader in card services for middle-market, large corporate and public sector clients, today announced that it has enhanced its global card capabilities with new products, services and geographies. The expanded capabilities are the latest developments of a multi-year investment strategy, and reflect the continuing importance of card products to creating optimal working capital solutions for corporations and public more...

10/27/14 9:00 am EDT

Feelings of guilt over not investing enough this year outpace common year-end regrets such as poor eating and drinking choices, not sharing enough time with loved ones or spending too much money on oneself. These are among the insights revealed by Bank of America’s latest Merrill Edge® Report released today. more...

10/23/14 10:00 am EDT

Saving for retirement and health care expenses was a priority for employees of all ages during the first half of 2014, according to the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch 401(k) Wellness Scorecard. This semiannual report reveals trends in the behaviors of financial benefit plan participants, along with employers’ adoption of 401(k) design features in plans serviced by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.1 Key insights from the new report include more...

10/21/14 8:00 am EDT

Among wealthy households, the average amount given to charity last year increased 28 percent, according to the 2014 U.S. Trust® Study of High Net Worth Philanthropy. Through an ongoing partnership with the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the fifth in this series of biennial studies reveals a strong commitment to charitable causes among high net worth households. This positive trend is seen in several findings, including more...

10/14/14 8:30 am EDT

Concerns over the imminent end of quantitative easing in the U.S. have left investors much less confident in the outlook for the global economy and corporate profitability, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for October.

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10/7/14 10:00 am EDT

Bank of America today announced enhancements to its Charitable Gift Fund designed to help donors increase the efficiency and strategic impact of their charitable giving. One of the industry’s largest and fastest-growing donor-advised funds, the Fund’s innovative online portal now offers a more intuitive user experience that enables donors to easily research charities, track philanthropic activity and align gifting with personal goals and more...

9/30/14 11:00 am EDT

Bank of America executives will share insights on the latest social impact investing trends this fall through participation in several industry conferences. The events share a common goal of increasing awareness of the growing demand for and industry focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing through an exchange of ideas, innovative approaches and best practices. Leaders from the company’s Global Wealth and Investment more...

9/16/14 8:30 am EDT

Sentiment towards Europe has picked up in the wake of recent monetary policy easing by the ECB, while investors are increasingly sure of a rate hike by the Fed in spring 2015, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for September.

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9/12/14 12:30 pm EDT

New Merrill Lynch research, conducted in partnership with Age Wave, finds that 81 percent of retirees cite health as the most important ingredient to a happy retirement, followed by financial security (58 percent), loving family and friends (36 percent), and having purpose (20 percent).

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7/15/14 8:30 am EDT

Global investors have regained a strongly bullish stance on the outlook for equity markets in the second half of 2014, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for July.

A net 61 percent of global asset allocators are now overweight equities. This ranks as the survey’s highest reading on this measure since early 2011 and represents the panel’s second-strongest response ever.

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6/17/14 8:30 am EDT

Global investors have regained appetite for risk against the backdrop of strong liquidity and a fairly positive economic outlook, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for June.

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6/4/14 4:00 pm EDT

A new landmark study from Merrill Lynch, conducted in partnership with Age Wave, finds that nearly three out of four (72 percent) pre-retirees over the age of 50 say their ideal retirement will include working – often in new, more flexible and fulfilling ways. And with already half (47 percent) of current retirees having worked or planning to work during their retirement years, it will become increasingly common for people to seek work during more...

5/27/14 9:00 am EDT

Running out of money in retirement trumps other stress-inducing situations and pressures such as public speaking, gaining weight and going to the dentist for mass affluent Americans, according to the results of Bank of America’s latest Merrill Edge® Report released today. Despite the prospect of not having enough money to live on later in life, many are unwilling to cut spending on indulgences now in order to invest for retirement. more...

5/14/14 5:00 pm EDT

An average of 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 years old every day, and it will remain this way for the next few decades. People are also living longer, in many cases much longer than previous generations. Meanwhile, entitlements are shrinking, family interdependencies are multiplying, and economic uncertainty is widespread. These trends have resulted in unprecedented complexity when preparing for and managing life in retirement, and call for more...

5/13/14 8:30 am EDT

Global investors have increased cash and scaled back risk-taking, amid fears of geopolitical instability and questions about the strength of the global economic recovery, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for May.

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5/6/14 9:00 am EDT

Seven out of 10 (69 percent) high net worth Americans want their wealth to last at least through their children’s lifetimes, 43 percent through at least their grandchildren’s, and 17 percent would just as soon want it to last forever. This is according to new research from Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group published in a report titled “Can You Make the Money Last? The Road to Sustainable Wealth,” which is now available more...

4/30/14 12:00 pm EDT

Bank of America today announced plans to assess the use of innovative social financing, such as social impact bonds and other pay-for-success programs, to address critical shortfalls in the funding of effective reintegration and ongoing support services for military veterans.

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4/17/14 9:00 am EDT

Merrill Lynch was awarded “Advisory Solutions Sponsor Product of the Year” by the Money Management Institute (MMI) for its investment advisory platform, Merrill Lynch One. The award category recognizes the introduction of the year’s most innovative solution and its contribution to the growth of the wealth management industry.

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4/15/14 8:30 am EDT

Investor confidence in global economic growth remains high even as expectations of higher short-term rates increase, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for April.

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