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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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4/2/14 9:00 am EDT

According to the latest Bank of America Merrill Lynch 401(k) Wellness Scorecard, throughout 2013 employees demonstrated positive savings behaviors in their 401(k) plan1. The report reveals year-over-year trends in plan participant behaviors, along with employers’ adoption of 401(k) design features in plans serviced by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Key insights from the report include: more...

3/25/14 9:05 am EDT

Merrill Edge announced today that it has been honored in five separate industry reviews, including recognition as a customer service leader, a provider of excellent content for investors and one of the top online brokers by Barron’s. The strength and popularity of the Merrill Edge platform among clients is reflected in its 10 percent year-over-year growth in total Merrill Edge accounts in 2013.

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3/20/14 5:00 am EDT

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management is teaming up with France’s EDHEC Business School to develop new research on risk allocation and goals based investing, the organizations announced today.

The initiative involves the pursuit of fundamental research on risk allocation and goals-based wealth management through a collaboration between Merrill Lynch’s Investment Management and Guidance group and the EDHEC-Risk Institute.

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3/18/14 8:30 am EDT

Global investors are moving toward a ”risk-off” stance, taking on greater protection as the prospect of geopolitical instability grows, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for March.

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2/26/14 9:00 am EST

In an ongoing effort to motivate Americans to face the realities of costs related to retirement, today Merrill Edge® introduced the new Face Retirement mobile app. This new app builds on the success of the web-based Face Retirement tool originally launched in 2012 and recently upgraded. Almost 1 million individuals have used the tool, with 60 percent of them choosing to learn more about retirement and beginning to plan for the more...

2/18/14 9:30 am EST

Growing fears of a hard landing for China’s economy have further marginalized emerging market equities. But investors have sent a clear signal that sentiment toward developed world equities remains strong, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for February.

A growing proportion of investors – 46 percent in February – say that a China hard landing and commodity collapse represents the biggest tail risk to the global more...

2/13/14 9:10 am EST

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Transaction Services (GTS) today announced a major enhancement to its suite of end-to-end China treasury management solutions. The proprietary China Online Balance of Payments (BOP) Declaration Module is the latest market-specific solution developed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch to allow its China treasury management client base to better navigate the ongoing liberalization of the country’s regulatory landscape.

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1/21/14 9:30 am EST

Investors start 2014 more optimistic about global growth prospects, especially for the U.S. but increasingly for Europe as well, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for January.

The proportion of investors who believe the global economy will strengthen this year has risen to a net 75 percent from a net 71 percent in December, continuing a trend of rising optimism that started in late 2012.

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12/30/13 1:25 pm EST

Bank of America Merrill Lynch today announced a social impact partnership with New York State and Social Finance Inc. that resulted in a successful capital raise of $13.5 million to fund a new pay-for-success program. The offering proceeds provided by private and institutional investors will be used to fund a 5 ½-year program focused on comprehensive reentry employment services to 2,000 formerly incarcerated individuals in New York City and more...

12/18/13 3:00 pm EST

Bank of America was recognized recently for two innovative technology initiatives that benefit customers and clients, winning two awards at the 9th annual American Financial Technology Awards (AFTAs). Merrill Lynch’s investment advisory platform, Merrill Lynch One, was named “Best IT Integration Initiative.” The company’s Sunrise platform, which provides on-demand Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) resources to internal business partners, won for “Best Infrastructure Initiative.” more...

12/18/13 9:00 am EST

Bank of America announced today that Merrill Edge® call centers have once again been recognized by J.D. Power for providing “An Outstanding Customer Service Experience.”

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12/17/13 11:38 am EST

The chief investment officers of Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust today released their investment strategy overviews for 2014, including key themes investors should know to align their portfolios with macro trends in a transforming world.

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12/17/13 9:00 am EST

Bank of America Merrill Lynch today announced the 2014 composition and weights for the Merrill Lynch Commodity index eXtraSM (MLCX). The MLCX is designed to provide a liquid, consistent, representative and cost-efficient benchmark for commodity market performance and for investment in commodities as an asset class. The MLCX contains the following six market sectors: Energy, Base Metals, Precious Metals, Grains & Oil Seeds, Livestock, and more...

12/17/13 8:53 am EST

Investors enter 2014 optimistic about the global economy and outlook for Japanese and European equities, according to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for December.

The proportion of investors believing the global economy will strengthen in the year ahead has risen to a net 71 percent from a net 67 percent in November. Conviction in the global economy is far stronger than 12 months ago when a net 40 percent of the panel more...