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  • 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...
  • 6/4/14 4:00 pm EDT

    Americans Find Later Life Without Work to be Impractical and Undesirable

    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 duringmore...
  • 5/27/14 9:00 am EDT

    Despite Long-term Money Worries, Merrill Edge® Finds Many Won’t Curb Spending Today

    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 retirementmore...
  • 5/14/14 5:00 pm EDT

    New Framework Provides Clarity Through Exploration of Life Priorities

    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 formore...
  • 5/13/14 8:30 am EDT

    Respondents Concerned About Geopolitical Risk and Chinese Defaults

    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. Investors are sitting on more cash and have reduced equity holdings compared to a month ago. Average cash levels have reached 5 percent of portfolios – the highest level since June 2012 and up from 4.8more...
  • 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 availablemore...
  • 4/30/14 12:00 pm EDT

    Feasibility Study to Help Determine New Approaches to Funding Support for Our Nation’s Service Members

    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. There are more than 21 million veterans living in the U.S. today, many of whom face employment barriers, struggles with homelessness and chronic physical andmore...
  • 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.Established in 1997, MMI is a national association and leading voice for global financial services organizations that provide advice and professionally-managedmore...
  • 4/15/14 8:30 am EDT

    Emerging Markets Pessimism Unwinding

    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. The survey, taken between April 4 and April 10, 2014 showed that the number of investors believing the global economy will grow over the next 12 months was steady at a bullish net 62 percent, unchanged from March and higher than the 56 percent in Februarymore...