Merrill Edge Tops Kiplinger’s Annual ‘Best Online Broker’ Ranking

August 30, 2017 at 9:30 AM Eastern

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance publication awarded Merrill Edge a No. 1 ranking in its 2017 Best Online Brokers list in a tie with Fidelity. This accolade highlights Merrill Edge’s commitment to supporting and empowering clients throughout their financial lives by delivering extraordinary service and care.

In the ranking, Merrill Edge earned 4.5 stars out of 5 overall. It received 5 out of 5 stars for its tools and research; 4.5 out of 5 for its mobile platform; and 4 out of 5 stars for total commissions and ease of use.

"We are proud of this ranking from one of the industry’s premier publications,” said Aron Levine, head of Consumer Banking and Merrill Edge. “This ranking demonstrates our commitment to connecting investors to their goals and giving them the flexibility to invest when and how it is convenient for them, no matter where they are in life.”

Merrill Edge also won recognition as the “Best for Active Stock Traders.” Key differentiators contributing to this recognition include the platform’s research and tools, which offer screeners for funds and stocks; Morningstar’s Portfolio X-Ray; and the opportunity for Preferred Rewards clients to receive up to 100 commission-free online stock and ETF trades.

This year, Merrill Edge earned a half star more than last year and moved up from its second-place ranking in the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 2016 “Best Online Brokers” ranking. In 2017, Merrill Edge has received a number of awards recognizing the firm’s customer service, banking services and research amenities, including the 2017 Barron’s Best Online Broker Survey and 2017 Annual Review.

“Receiving this recognition from Kiplinger’s in the same year we launched our new online investing platform, Merrill Edge Guided Investing, is a huge win,” said David Poole, head of Merrill Edge Advisory and Client Services. “We aim to give our clients the best investment tools in the industry, and we’re looking forward to continuing to provide investors the most intuitive and innovative tools to pursue their financial goals.”

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Merrill Edge was named by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as one of the seven “Best Online Brokers,” October 2017. To be included, firms had to offer online trading of stocks, ETFs, funds and individual bonds. Learn more at from Kiplinger's Personal Finance, October 2017 © 2017 The Kiplinger Washington Editors. Used under license.

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