Merrill Lynch Investment Advisory Program

Taking a personalized approach to investing, tailored to your goals and values


Your goals, aspirations and values are unique to you. And we believe your portfolio should reflect that. Your Merrill financial advisor can help you create a personalized approach that incorporates your preferences and values alongside strategies grounded in our investment guidance and the best thinking of the Firm. One way to put this kind of strategy in place is through the Merrill Lynch Investment Advisory Program, if it meets your needs.

Working with a dedicated financial advisor, the program offers:


Fiduciary advice and guidance that is personalized for your financial situation, preferences and values
Control over decisions about how you work with your advisor and who makes day-to-day investment decisions
Access to a wide range of investment solutions, including stocks, ETFs, bonds, mutual funds, tax efficient strategies, alternative investments and annuities
Investment strategies that are constructed and managed by Merrill investment professionals and other leading investment managers
Ongoing monitoring and regular reviews of your investment advisory account
Ability to invest in Premium Access Strategies, which allow you to negotiate terms, reporting and fees directly with the investment manager, if you meet eligibility requirements*

* To invest, you must have at least $5 million in combined assets at Merrill and Bank of America OR over $10 million in investable assets (including assets outside of Merrill and Bank of America). For clients where Bank of America N.A. provides trust, fiduciary, and investment management services, the minimum is $20 million in combined assets at Merrill and Bank of America N.A.)

If you work with a Merrill Financial Solutions Advisor, you will be able to access certain managed investment strategies under the Merrill Lynch Investment Advisory Program.

Personalizing your investments

There are a lot of considerations when it comes to your investments. What do you want to achieve with your wealth? How much risk are you willing to take? How long can you invest before needing the money?

But it doesn’t stop there. If you choose to enroll in the Merrill Lynch Investment Advisory Program, you can also personalize your investments with the ability to:

  • Customize the investments in your portfolio to align with your unique situation and needs, from the simple to the complex
  • Elect to enroll in tax efficient management services that may help you potentially mitigate the impact of taxes in your portfolio
  • Avoid certain companies or industries, based on your preferences or beliefs
  • Align your investments with your personal preferences helping you create environmental or social impact while pursuing your investment goals
  • Gain clarity with a holistic view of your wealth, delivered as part of regular performance reports and through an interactive video account overview

See how personalization can work for you

It all starts with a conversation

You can choose from a range of ways to invest based on your individual objectives, investment style, need for ongoing advice and interest in particular solutions. Refer to the Client Relationship Summary to learn more about the different ways you can work with a Merrill financial advisor to pursue your goals.

To evaluate your options and determine if the Merrill Lynch Investment Advisory Program may be right for you, schedule a discussion with your financial advisor.

A private wealth advisor can help you get started.

Our advisors can help you follow your passions, build a legacy and have a positive impact on others.

Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

The scenarios provided are for illustrative purposes only, are intended to demonstrate the capabilities of Merrill, are not based on actual clients and do not indicate future performance or outcomes. They are not intended to serve as investment advice since the availability and effectiveness of any strategy is dependent upon your individual facts and circumstances. Results will vary, and no suggestion is made about how any specific solution or strategy performed in reality.

Merrill its affiliates and financial advisors do not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice. Clients should consult their legal and/or tax advisors before making any financial decisions.

Sustainable and Impact Investing and/or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) managers may take into consideration factors beyond traditional financial information to select securities, which could result in relative investment performance deviating from other strategies or broad market benchmarks, depending on whether such sectors or investments are in or out of favor in the market. Further, ESG strategies may rely on certain values based criteria to eliminate exposures found in similar strategies or broad market benchmarks, which could also result in relative investment performance deviating.

There is no guarantee that investments applying ESG strategies will be successful, there are many factors to take into consideration when choosing an investment portfolio and ESG data is only one component to potentially consider.

The Merrill Lynch Investment Advisory Program is an investment advisory program sponsored by Merrill. Merrill offers a broad range of brokerage, investment advisory and other services. There are important differences between brokerage and investment advisory services, including the type of advice and assistance provided, the fees charged, and the rights and obligations of the parties. It is important to understand the differences, particularly when determining which service or services to select. All recommendations must be considered in the context of an individual investor’s goals, time horizon, liquidity needs and risk tolerance. Not all recommendations will be in the best interest of all investors. For more information about the Merrill Lynch Investment Advisory Program, including our fiduciary responsibilities, you may obtain a copy of the Merrill Lynch Investment Advisory Program Brochure by accessing the SEC website at

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