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  • 10/27/14 9:00 am EDT

    Lingering Student Debt Hinders Millennials’ Retirement Savings

    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. Fewer than one in four (23 percent) feel “proud” of how they handled their money this year, and only half (50 percent) ofmore...
  • 10/23/14 10:00 am EDT

    Mobile Access, 401(k) Auto Features and Personalized Advice Make Financial Benefit Plans More Valuable and Easy to Use, Help Drive Positive Behaviors

    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 includemore...
  • 10/21/14 8:00 am EDT

    New Study Offers Insights Into the Giving Motivations, Priorities and Strategies of Wealthy Americans

    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, includingmore...
  • 10/14/14 8:30 am EDT

    Risk Appetite Declines in Response

    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. After a sharp fall of more than 20 percentage points from September, only a net 32 percent of respondents expect the global economy to strengthen over the next 12 months. This is the lowest readingmore...
  • 10/7/14 10:00 am EDT

    Personalization and Automation Within the Donor-advised Fund’s Online Portal Provide Superior User Experience; Donor-advised Fund Growth Reflects Strategic Giving Trends

    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 andmore...
  • 9/30/14 11:00 am EDT

    Speakers Aim to Increase Awareness of Investor Demand for Innovative Solutions to Societal Issues

    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 Investmentmore...
  • 9/16/14 8:30 am EDT

    U.K. Unpopularity Deepens as Scottish Independence Vote Looms

    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. Belief in Europe’s stocks has started to recover after the heavily negative sentiment expressed in August’s survey. In the wake of the decision to lower rates to close to zero, asset allocatorsmore...
  • 9/12/14 12:30 pm EDT

    Research Explores Three Major Forces Redefining Retirement Planning – Empowered Health Care Consumers, Potential Rise in Chronic Disease, and the Cost of Longevity

    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). The research explores three major forces that are redefining how individuals plan for later life, including an empowered baby boomer generationmore...
  • 7/15/14 8:30 am EDT

    Inflation Expectations Reach Record Levels

    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. This aggressive positioning formore...
  • 6/17/14 8:30 am EDT

    But Below-Trend Growth & Over-Valuation Cause Concern

    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. This aggressive positioning formore...