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  • 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...
  • 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...