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Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Reviews

by SL, 1/9/2023


Cons: Worst on many aspects

If I can give 0 star, I would. I have been banking with Bank of America for many years, so when I decided to roll over my 401k, I signed up with Merrill Lynch (owned by BOA). That was a mistake, and I will never use this company again. 1) Impossible to reach. You will be put on hold for 1hr or longer each time you call. 2) They pay your cash position the worst possible rate. I had my account with them for 3 years. Due to a surgery, I did not check the account balance for a while. I have a IRA with Fidelity which pays normal market interest for cash positions, I have 3 times more funds in Merrill, and in 3 years time, they only paid $8 for my funds, which means Merrill scammed about $4,000 in interest alone. 3) I decided to get all my funds transferred to fidelity. I filed the first request, it took Merrill 20 days to tell me they declined the transfer, so I filed another request. This time, they charged me $49.95 to transfer my funds to fidelity, which I was not made aware when I signed up for the account. I was told because I am a platinum honor client with BOA, they will waive many fees, but that is not case. 4) Merrill has one of the worst investment selection around. Their IRA does not allow reverse ETFs or options. You basically can only buy, usually at the worst prices possible, without any risk management tools to protect your investments. I will NEVER used Merrill again, worst investment experience.

by Dianne, 10/2/2022

Pros: None Zero Nada

Cons: They don't answer calls. On hold for over an hour before I just gave up.

Please do not waste your time with them. CHOOSE ANY OTHER COMPANY!

by Alan Gilmore, 8/23/2022

Pros: none

Cons: Impossible to reach by phone after they have your funds.

Impossible to reach by phone, trying to close my IRA due to this, but can't. I guess they just steal your money, because you can't get any of it back..

by Kevin, 8/13/2022



I did not like customer service no one helped me or spoke English to me on the phone. The worst wait time was over 2 hours until someone picked up . I was not happy with them at all i do not recommend them to anyone who wants to invest. I was not making much money since i sold some stocks off any way happy that i pulled out !

by John, 6/21/2022

Pros: None at all

Cons: Literally everything

Have been on hold for over 5 hours. On multiple calls. Have been hung up on and marketed to. No one has helped me with the simple transaction I'm trying to accomplish. They suck massively.

by MRN, 5/13/2022

Pros: High Level of Service, decent performance


Merrill team (in Omaha, NE) is engaged and responsive to our investment objectives. One of the key reasons to hire a good wealth manager is to free up time, as you would need to spend a significant amount of it to achieve the same level of performance. If you don't have consistent time available for managing your investments and don't want professionals managing your money, I suggest low-cost index funds. Good luck!

by Antonio Luchangco, 4/7/2022

Pros: None

Cons: The worst customer service in the country. Don't ever try to call their Customer Service unless you are prepared to spend a whole day waiting.


by M H, 3/8/2022

Pros: NONE

Cons: everything. 2 hour wait on hold. $49 fee to cancel account

After having an account for more than 30 years they are charging me $49 to cancel my account. That is bull. The worst customer service and the worst financial advice while I had the account

by Gage Morse, 2/22/2022

Pros: Not bad if over $10 million

Cons: Essentially, Merrill has become a bank. BOA is just a big, dumb, country bank with a provincial service model and mentality.

As BOA has squeezed resources out of the Merrill Lynch service model, the systems are highly automated and inefficient. They try to sell online banking via a recorded pitch every time one must call. If there is a fraud alert: sales pitch for online banking…and 30-60 minutes later a human being will address why the suspected fraud and why your account was shut down. Then they’ll reactivate the account and apologize for the wait.
Commercial banks should not apply their mentality to the asset mgt business. But it’s an old legacy relationship, I’ve moved most of the assets. As I accumulate assets I will invest away from any BOA platform.

by Gershine, 2/8/2022

Pros: None

Cons: Bad Service - Basically no accessability from Germany - No reactions - worst online access system ever - simply no value

This is a long long story and since years, there is no resolution... I just want an empty account from my former emplyer to be deleted... Meanwhile it´s even empty as ML just charged it continously against the sahre that once have been in there! I tried to sell the sahres before, but could not get any access to the system. The contact methods and call agents advices have been useless... ML was not reacting to any formal air letter, I sent over from GY tu US. Just ridicoulous

by Sheila, 1/24/2022

Pros: I can't think of any

Cons: Everything - Slow, No Customer Service, Process everything wrong

This is one of the worst financial companies that I have had to deal with. They do everything slow and usually wrong as well. I wish my company would move to a much better company because there are certainly much better companies out there.

by Mike, 1/18/2022

Pros: Zero

Cons: Understaffed, Terrible Service, Very Poor Follow Through

The hold times waiting during every call (always - EVERY TIME the recording laughably says "we are experiencing unusually high call volumes") that means more than an hour each call waiting for a representative and then more time getting excuses and run-around and you must call because e-mails are rarely returned. I have been waiting for the distribution check from my deceased mother's 401k, the completed paperwork for which was submitted almost 6 month ago. She worked her whole adult life for BofA and this is how they reciprocate. I don't know how Merrill and its owner BofA are not ashamed and embarrassed by their poor and shoddy service but all that matters to them is the quarterly reports to keep the stock prices, and thus their personal compensation, up. Shameful.

by Kimberly, 1/18/2022

Pros: None

Cons: Poor Customer Service, Follow-Up, Communication

(Ugh. Fixing my starred review as I accidentally gave 5 stars with my initial review. SMH)
I had to move funds from my 401k with ML to a different account. I called the bank I was moving funds to and got the correct information of where Merrill needed to send the check. I then called Merrill, waited on hold for over 40 minutes and got some young man who kept misunderstanding how the check needed to be written out.
By the end of the call, after correcting him repeatedly (and no, I do not have a speech impediment, and English is my native language), I thought he'd finally understood how the check needed to be written out.
Two months later, the check, made out improperly, has been floating around in the mail, been stapled three times, turned down by two financial institutions (at this point) - all because the Merrill Lynch intern (or new CSR) could not for the life of him transcribe what I was telling him.
So two months later, here I am back on hold with Merrill and this time it will be for an hour (per the automated service). I am beyond irritated as this is such a waste of time. I will never, ever do business with this company again, as incompetent as they have proven themselves to be. Like others, I wonder how they stay in business.

by Ilana, 11/1/2021

Pros: It is with my bank

Cons: Horrible customer service!!!

I tried to open my account with them. But it takes forever!!!! I took two hours to talk with Merrill online. They kept transferring me between different department, and always let me repeat my request and telling me I cannot help you but I will transfer to someone who can help you. Can you believe it repeated four times from four different person!!!! I finally give up and decide to get my money back from Merrill. It I can give negative review I will give negative 5 star.

by Julie U, 10/22/2021

Pros: Easy to transfer BofA cash to Merrill

Cons: Merrill platform is faulty costing users $1000s

My day trading is impossible on Merrill. Sometimes I don't even realize I just bought stocks. It doesn't always confirm a purchase. So, I go along my day not knowing I bought shares I should be watching.

by eleanor garcia, 4/11/2021



why does Merrill Lynch require clients to purchase Itunes Gift Cards and Steams gift card in order for a client to transfer money from Singapore to California? Is this legit?

by FrustratedBOACustomer, 3/17/2021

Pros: None

Cons: Too many to list

Wow, where do I begin? I bank with BOA for the last 20+ years. On the banking side they have been ok. But, recently i tried to open a brokerage account with ML and it took almost one month. I just got tired of waiting and told them to close my account even before it was fully open and ready for investment.
ML is the worst broker out there IMO.

by Alex, 2/27/2021

Pros: IRA Transfer to Vanguard Was Successful

Cons: Charged $95 Fee Without Consent for IRA Transfer

I received a pension distribution (under $5000) in the form of a Merrill Lynch IRA since I left my former job. Since I already used Vanguard (would recommend btw), I wanted to transfer the ML IRA to Vanguard so I had everything in one place. As I'm filing my taxes over a year later, I realize that the amount deposited in Vanguard does not match the amount on Form 5498 from ML. I had to dig through a statement to find a $95 transfer fee charged by Bank of America. I don't remember consenting to this transfer fee, but if I did it was probably in very fine print. After reading reviews on this website, it makes sense why they had to charge $95 for a transfer... it probably took them several hours of research and labor to do something they should have down pat.

by Tim Dearth, 1/26/2021


Cons: Been trying to close an IRA for two months.

Been trying to close an IRA for two months and still do not have my funds transferred to my bank.
Every time I call I get a different person with a different excuse and different paper work required.
Nobody there knows what they are doing and seem to have a prewritten list of lies to keep from releasing your funds.

by George, 12/15/2020

Pros: Good investment choices for 401

Cons: Unable to execute simple operations for clients

No wonder why the reviews here are mostly 1 star. I had a similar experience with Merrill Lynch like everyone else. That ML like any other company these days is blaming Covid for its lack of adequate service has nothing to do with the fact that its representatives (both regular employees as well as supervisors / managers) have no idea what they are doing and no responsibility to anything. I had to liquidate my ML 401K account and transfer the funds to Fidelity - it took ML 1.5 months for them to be able to write a check correctly for my funds to reach Fidelity after countless phone calls from myself as well as Fidelity (after they sent an erroneous check to them). ML's processes break at every step making one wonder how such a business survives - the answer is, most likely because of deals made between ML and big employers for certain "efficiency" related reasons. That way employees get locked into structures and programs that are not as good as they seem they are.

by joe trovato, 11/24/2020

Pros: NONE

Cons: They have no idea how to run a brokerage, they should get out

These guys should not be in the stock business. As of now 9:44 am the Merrill website has not been available, that is over 3 hours. I tried calling everyone I could find a number for and the wait/call you back time is 3 hours.

They have lost me money this morning because I have no access to my account.I am making a complaint to the SECC.

by Darren, 11/24/2020

Pros: Links with with Bank of America and no Fees

Cons: Weak trading platform and a horrible app.

If you are like me and you live and want to trade on your mobile phone then Merril Lynch is not for you. The app doesn't have a way to disclose cash funds that are available for trading. If you trust the balance available on the app, you're going to get yourself into trouble. Many securities can not be purchased on the app as well, I have gone to execute a trade only to be given an error message that says, "This can only be purchased on a desktop version." When trading on the desktop I get trading errors, locked out of my account, and today the website is down. Usually three times a week I have to call them to have them unlock my account and this isn't user error. It's their website. If you want to trade quickly, you won't be able to. Many securities require text message verification that can take 1-2 minutes to receive the number. Sometimes, the message never comes and when you go to get another verification number, it locks you out. If you want to throw your money into a stock, set it, and forget it, Merril Lynch is for you, otherwise go with WeBull, RobinHood, or ETrade. It's 2020, come on Merril Lynch!!

by Dennis Galante, 9/10/2020

Pros: None!

Cons: All bad!

I have been with the firm for years. Now retired, I am in income and cash. So now that I don't regularly trade, my account was shuffled over to an assistant to my financial advisor studying for her license and not yet certified! What? First she tells me I should consider selling half of my ATT. I did not agree and she argued the point at a latter phone conversation. ATT is earning me good income. Prior to that, my then advisor, suggested I sell my limited partnerships, but when I questioned about capital gains, my question was ignored! With the last stock market decline, I never even got a call from them. So I called and asked why I did not receive a courtesy call, I was given the "not to worry" answer. So now months later I get a phone call from a ML advisor from another state wanting to take over my account! What? They are the worst for personal service and only want you if they can constantly make money off you! Do not ever use Merrill Lynch!

by Ahmad Arrabi, 6/23/2020

Pros: N/A

Cons: N/A

I had the most bad experiance with this company, associates are not educated well to respond hour question. specially when you ask question about maintenance call. I never receive one solid respond to my question, they just guessing. Everytime i call to verify something, everyone respond differently. They had sold some stocks because of "human error",can you imagine their manager said that to me , and when i call and ask, he told me "we are a human". Never trust their responds. Bottom line, save you money and do better research which company is good to invest. Or try and see why all reviews have one star only.

by Offcoloreviews, 6/20/2020

Pros: Excellent integration


I appreciate the effort BoA/ML made to move easily between banking and investment accounts. My family has banked with BoA since selling a small securities business to BoI over 150 years ago. We remained loyal, but were repeatedly disappointed. Growth for growth’s sake led to repeated write and melt downs. Now it is run equitably, intelligently and is a bank to be proud of and trust once again. My wife raves about you too. Keep up the good work.

by kwamezilla, 6/12/2020



I opened an account with $2500 to start trading for my daughter, about a few days I realized I couldn’t sell make any transactions, I called customer service and they told me that my account was closed and couldn’t give me a reason. I asked for a manager who told me that it was a company decision and a letter would be sent out to me , I pushed to get clarification but he claimed that all the details he could give me. They gave my money back but I lost money when the price moved up on the stocks I was holding. Honestly the strangest Thing I’ve come across.

by jmrosr48, 5/22/2020


Cons: Sloooow

It takes this app on my iPad forever to load and trying to put in a trade is a nightmare. This has been going on for months, so I know it’s not an update issue. Also,I updated my internet to twice the speed and still haven’t noticed a difference.

by Bill, 5/6/2020

Pros: can't see any

Cons: non responsive

Trying to close a trust account and getting no response, simply a runaround. Same as many of the other reviews

by TonyA, 8/9/2019

Pros: None

Cons: Biggest - Custom Managed Desk

Was moving my IRA from ML to Fidelity (for better returns) and my ML Advisor had to submit a request with the ML Custom Managed Desk for approval and execution. Took 3+ business days - lost thousands of dollars on a simple transaction. All I got was a sorry - I (ML Advisor) did not know he needed approval from the ML Custom Managed Desk. Not happy!

by lee, 7/30/2019

Pros: none

Cons: Numerous

I was scammed at the N Raleigh office and deceived with a false interest rate that was assured to me. I took my funds out of an account that ended up making more for this LIE!

The Broker just wanted to increase his portfolio, so HE deceived me!

by Mike, 6/20/2019

Pros: Nothing

Cons: changed their internal compensation to be very expensive

since BoA took over ML has turned down hill - many mistakes and errors and incompetent folks with tenure
sad state of affairs when they do NOT understand the investment vehicle they put you in.

by William, 3/31/2019

Pros: Nothing

Cons: Thet will not work with you

Just try to transfer your funds from Merrill Lynch to a different company. They will make it as difficult as possible. I've been trying for 2 months now and they just give me the runaround. I've sent them every form they've asked for but they say they're all the wrong one. I guess they always win.

by Charles Perilloux, 3/29/2019

Pros: Highly professional, knowledgeable; makes it easy on me and quickly finds out details of my account that I should have had at my finger tips before I called him.

Cons: None, except they cost a bit more - but well worth it.

I have been doing business with Merrill-Lynch through a 401(k), two SEP IRA's, and a small amount of stock sales since 1970. That's 49 years. They are the most professional folks I ever deal with except for my own employer (now retired). The only folks who come close are American Express.

They just solved a tax problem with regard to direct charitable contributions from an IRA to the charity, without going through me first. My CPA, who works for the most highly regarded firm in my city, missed it.

Reading all these negative reviews I have to conclude that satisfied customers like myself must hardly ever comment, but the vast minority unsatisfied must always comment.

On a scale of 0 to 5, I would put Merrill-Lynch at 10, AMEX at 5, Visa at 3, Cox Cable at 1, and Walgreen's at 0. So I am not alway a happy camper, but I sure am with Merrill-Lynch.

by J SUTTON, 2/24/2019

Pros: None

Cons: More than I can list

We have an elder care attorney who has filed a request on our behalf for Medicare coverage for spouse who is in pallative care in a nursing home.

The Medicare application has pending approval awaiting on a simple request to Merrill Edge to change spouse's IRA required minimum distribution from an annual basis to a monthly distribution.

I contacted Merrill Edge to request this change and the initial contact person was very cordial, told me the requirements to make the change happen, then a downhill spiral into the Merrill Edge rabbit hole began. Simply stated, six weeks after my initial request, I have spoken with 6-7 different representatives, submitted all information they requested (the last form they sent me was rejected, stating that it was the incorrect form even though it was the form they sent to me). The last representative told me that said he would mail me the correct form. That was over a week ago and I still have not received it.

This is a rather small amount of money involved but apparently is a Medicare requirement. Merrill Edge's incompetancy with this simple request is delaying Medicare's final approval which is causing spouse's medical bills to "pile up" awaiting payment.

I googled "Merrill Edge complaints".....and just one site had 282 written complaints, most of which involved much larger amounts of money that the persons complaining said that Merrill Edge was deliberately witholding their money . The complaints were very detailed and shocking. It seems that when Bank of America took over Merrill , Lynch, Fenner, Smith, et al (after the U.S. government bailout), customer service of Merrill Lynch customers changed to customer no-service.

Now that I know BOA owns Merrill Edge I can understand customer frustrations. I just recently closed my final account with BOA after over 35 years as a former customer due to their incompetance. It simply amazes me that banking regulators & the securities & exchange commission seemingly do nothing to correct these problems.

by Anna_B, 1/13/2019

Pros: I didn’t have any

Cons: Poorly trained, terrible communication, no follow up

I have many examples of why I’m displeased, but the first one is truly concerning.
1. I wanted withdrawals from my Chase checking account terminated. I am moving my money to Fidelity and everything had been liquidated to move. I spoke to someone in December asking if this was completed and he assured me it was completed. January the withdrawal was taken from my bank.
I called customer service - 3 times. The first person “transferred me” and took the opportunity to hang up on me. The second person said he couldn’t see anything.
The third person left me on hold for 30 mins. She can’t find anything and I go on hold again for 20 more mins. She came back claiming this was a Chase issue and not ML.
I told her she was 100% wrong, the withdrawal was initiated at ML and not Chase. I know the difference.
She said their entire web team had searched it over and there was nothing like that on my account.
During my lunch break, I dig through my account and found it under transfers. I turned off the auto contribution myself.
How sad is that? That’s a basic function.
Why would you let these people touch your money?
2. I never talk to the same person twice. Every time I call I have to explain EVERYTHING over and over.
3. Every new person wants credit/commission whatever the reason and they try to make you take the reassessment for your investments again.
4. The fees are double Fidelity (who has more mutual funds and a 5 star rating)
5. They have stumbled through every interaction I’ve ever had with them. It should be smooth at some point and it never gets there.
I wasted my time and money.

by JN, 12/19/2018

Pros: Not Sure

Cons: Hardship Withdrawals

Almost 3 weeks to process a hardship withdrawal and then get charged twice for it. Also requested it to be sent UPS and they sent it regular mail when I paid for UPS overnight.

by Lucy Lu, 8/30/2018


Cons: Trying to transfer my money to Vystar

I have been trying to transfer my funds to Vystar for about three weeks with so much red tape when I call them I keep getting the run around and constantly getting so many different answers from them how to handle this. This is crazy...

by Jason W, 8/18/2018

Pros: realtime money transfers, brokerage to checking/savings etc.., no fees ever for anything

Cons: platinum honors clients(I am) should be priority over everyone else 100% of time

Again love the service, all you haters before me and you LAURA on 8-17-18, "what are you crying about?". You are lying and making your pathetic situation there fault. They do not take your money, transfers are instant real-time. Laura, you say invest somewhere else, why? Do you even invest anything?, do you know what a security is? You, the client call the shots, you make the decisions, you do you your own research, blame yourself. Ever hear of direct extensions to reach client support? Ever ask? No emails usually for security reasons, no brainer there. If your "hardship is real" or not , its your money, end of story, don't see your problem. Are you a rewards member? Example-Platinum honors tier. No fees for anything ever. In fact they pay me every month and it adds up. People love rewards programs, cash, miles, etc.. Oh boo hoo for you and all the other dramatic liars out there. Gimme a break. I am no different than you , not a millionaire or anything, just realistic and truthful. Its BankAmericaMerrillLynch, not the mafia for Christs sake. They don't just take money and charge you for things--Most all of you are big babies and outright lying about your experiences, get real, step up your game or go back to the bench.

by Laura, 8/17/2018



They take your money, but when you apply for a hardship they do not care. They will deny you no matter how much you need it. They are so bad they have no way to contact them by email and have no way to answer back. They are a waste of time, invest somewhere else because if you need your money you will not get it. Actually would of checked no stars if they made it available. They will make you a new application just so they can charge you $45.00 each time you apply, without your knowledge. Big mistake investing with them.

by Jason W., 8/7/2018

Pros: they do what i ask, always

Cons: no issues, none, great experience

Started with bank account, opened brokerage account, now with 100 free trades a month, i am a trading machine. All of you who wrote reviews before me are uneducated, emotional twerps who should consider going away. Try and find a broker that offers 100 commission free trades a month and will undo trades and adjust cost basis for you if an error occurs. Merrill Edge has done this for me. Up your game or sit on the bench where you belong, rookies.

by Out of here customer, 6/14/2018

Pros: None

Cons: to many to list

We have been trying to settle my uncles estate with Merrill Lynch for almost 2 years now. Run, run as fast as you can. He had 1.4 million with them and all we get is excuses and delays, good luck and please read reviews before investing with anyone.

by Robert, 5/30/2018



Horrible experience. It started good and ended very badly.
We are going to Schwab.

by Joe, 5/14/2018


Cons: Poor Value

They only care about you if you have millions to invest and then when you do, they nickel and dime you to death.

by Kevin, 4/30/2018


Cons: Customer Service

Rude Customer Service Reps that hang up on you without warning.

by Stewart, 3/23/2018

Pros: The broker always makes money, you might, too.

Cons: The broker always makes money, you might, too.

I wanted to close out an account that had $ 50 remaining. After their fee to close out the account, they sent
me a check for $ .36. Things like this is why I don't ever invest with Merrill Grinch anymore. or the like.
Remember, brokers always makes money on your investments, but may be you will, too or not!

by james, 2/25/2018

Pros: none

Cons: they are con artists, nothing but smoke and mirrors

I had a large sum with M_L but every year the balance stayed the same even though the S&P and bonds were up 15% each year. They are masters of deception, telling you how good you are doing but your money does nothing.
Notice they are the only investment firm that does NOT have a performance tab or button you can click to see how your money has appreciated ( or not!). They do not want you to see how poorly they manage your money and how they rip you off!!!

by Jennifer L, 2/14/2018

Pros: ....they have a website?

Cons: agents have bad attitude, navigating site is a mess, slow when you want your money out

I had a 401K through Merrill Lynch, then left the job and decided to get the payout to pay off some high-interest loans before reinvesting. Even with the heavy taxing, I was getting out with more money than I'd put in due to maximizing company matching. The first agent I spoke to about this thoroughly questioned my decision (that part is probably standard for withdrawing a 401K) with an awful attitude the whole time. Would respond to me with "K" and had a horrible tone from the moment I said I wanted to withdraw the money. And the company does not allow you to wrap things up online - they give you no other option but to call and talk to these jerks before they consider releasing your money. Then, I had to call again to finish linking my bank account to direct deposit the funds, and again the agent (different person) had a poor attitude the whole conversation once they realized I was withdrawing. Don't know if this is actually how they are trained, to discourage withdrawals and try to bully people into staying with this nasty company, or if these "professionals" take it upon themselves to be judgemental toward their clients. Either way, it's unacceptable.

The second call was only made necessary by the fact the website and email system is also garbage. It is not clear where you go for verification of a linked bank account. The email does not give a direct link to do so, and gives no explanation how to navigate to the page (just says "click verify at the bottom of the screen" without saying what screen). Even the woman I had been forced to call had no idea how to get to the page to do the verification - so I guess they just really want another opportunity to give you hard time before you finally rip your money from this company's clutches. Absolutely disgusting. Another greedy corporation that doesn't give a flying F about their clients, unless maybe if you're a millionaire already. Go figure.

by Jennifer, 2/9/2018

Pros: None

Cons: Rip offs

When my dad passed away we sold what he had in this company and cashed it out they wait until the last minute to send you a 1099 on the information they told me they have until February 28th to send them out this is the last form I need to complete my filing ridiculous

by Herbert Wasson, 1/18/2018

Pros: None

Cons: Not a broker issue

Unfortunately I am required to click at least one star, it should be negative 5 stars. My mother had a HSA though Merrill Lynch. When she passed we were told we would be contacted if there was any asset. Almost a year later we were not. While dealing with taxes we found a HSA. Asked for the paperwork in July, was told it would take up to 8 weeks to receive it. When it was not received requested it again. Both times sent to the wrong address. While waiting for this the estate was settled. Now they want me to reopen the estate because they are incompetent. Will never deal with them again, horrible customer service and they can never be wrong.

by Aaron Burcham, 10/10/2017



They are INCOMPETENT when it comes to sending your money to you. Over a month now of them attempting to send a wire transfer. Even after my bank verifying the numbers with them they keep claiming some problem. Gave up and said send a check and after two weeks, they say it still being proccessed. They will happily take your money but good luck getting your money from them. Will NEVER use them.

by diane, 10/4/2017



After 42 years with Merrill Lynch, they dumped us into a Merrill Edge account. Never heard from anyone again until we deposited the proceeds from our house sale. We took the advice of ML brokers over the years only to lose lots of money...our fault, but that shows the value of their advice. Yesterday, we went to an ML office and were turned away. What does it take to be important to them? Don't need an answer...we'll be moving our money to a different company and we're sure they won't care.

by Uzi Kraus, 7/12/2017



I am trying now for two years to correct my account with no success.
I had a bond with Alpah Natural for about $81000. The company went through bankruptcy and the bond was converted to some worthless papers of the new company.
The old company and the old bond do not exsist any more!!!
However on my statements Merrill Lynch is still listing this bond with value of $400.
It is also showing a non realize long term lost of $81000.
This need to be corrected!!!
The Bond is gone! The company is gone! Fix my record and turn the lost to realize long term lost and get it of my statement.
No Thanks!
Uzi Kraus 240-353-8500
My account manager is Craig Felten at the Woodland Hills,CA office.

by 1investor, 6/9/2017

Pros: none

Cons: just completely ignorant. MERRILL LYNCH TANKED DURING THE BAILOUT, was bought by BofA for pennies on the dollar, which brings us to merrill edge.

terrible advisors, brokers, etc....they take your money and invest it right back into BofA AND CHINESE STOCKS. Sounds like it'd be illegal if it were anyone else.

by Jane Whitehurst, 6/8/2017



This is the worst brokerage company I have ever dealt with. I was settling my mother's estate, and while other brokers made the process as easy as possible, everything involving Merrill Lynch was nightmare. They have layers and layers of red tape, they lost documentation for a month, they asked for the same information over and over, and they delayed the estate being settled because of their gross incompetence. I would never use them for anything!

by KRowe, 5/27/2017

Pros: Reasonable Fees for Services

Cons: Dishonest employees, refusal to investigate fraud claims

After being the victim of identity theft, information on my account was changed and no one at Merrill Lynch notified me of these changes. This resulted in some else's name appearing on my account and statements being rerouted to another address.

I have contacted Merrill Lynch and Bank of America in person and on the phone. Fraud department representatives have been told not to cooperate with me and customer service representatives have been instructed to lie to me. This has resulted in delays in initiating a criminal investigation. My consumer rights have been denied and there has been flat out refusal to investigate fraud claims or cooperate with local law enforcement.

by Laura Bader, 5/14/2017


Cons: Rollover Request Ignored

My brother in law, Patrick Palacios,requested a rollover; did all the paperwork and keeps calling Merrill Edge and they have made up bogus rules and excuses and still have not released his money after they said that they would. There has to be a way to turn you in to the SEC and if there is we will find it. You need to release these funds or face the consequences.

by Chuck, 3/17/2017

Pros: none

Cons: outrageous fees

by Bettyye, 3/17/2017



It is difficult to get a simple answer from Merrill Lynch brokers. For two years I have been trying to find out how I can have my deceased husbands name removed from an annuity and placed in my name. Brokers do not call back or are difficult to reach.

by Dont do it, 3/11/2017

Pros: There are no Pros!

Cons: I invested $500,000, within 1 day they had my money in 70 different things i lost 2000 in 2 days and pulled out!!!! NEVER AGAIN, this was a couple months ago, I check the market every day, i would be down over 50K if i had stayed in

after i opened my account, i started getting several other customers Mail

by Mary, 1/26/2017


Cons: Merrill Lynch covers up their error in trust management

Merrill Lynch in Minocqua, WI didn't follow my mother's trust starting in 2011. I was a co-trustee on my Mom's trust when she was determined to be incapacitated in May 2011. The trust became irrevocable. Three attorneys determined that I was a co-trustee on the trust. I stopped getting monthly financial statements from Merrill Lynch. I found out my sister wrote $112,000 in checks to her children and other nieces and nephews but not mine on August, 2014. As co-trustee I should have been notified when my sister attempted this transaction and given the 50% decision-making power about this transaction. I was not notified. I had to get attorneys involved to get financial information which I finally did. I had to have forensic accounting done on the trust for the five years I didn't receive statements. When asked, the person in charge of the trust management said I would have to go through my sister?! My sisters ran my Mom's trust down to 2 1/2 months of liquid assets in her trust left to pay for her care when she passed away. I changed attorneys when my attorney canceled a meeting in front of a judge and I contacted the DA's office. I had to go through mediation and lots more attorney fees to get this situation settled. None of this would have occurred if Merrill Lynch had followed the trust. I made a complaint to Merrill Lynch to their compliance people after my Mom passed away. They investigated and have tried to make this mistake my fault! First they tried to say I wasn't a co-trustee. I countered with proof from three attorneys saying I was a co-trustee and their agent saying I was a co-trustee in e-mails. Then they said I hadn't turned in the letter of incapacity which I have e-mail documentation that I offered this letter and that Merrill Lynch didn't respond to this. They also did not give me the trust client forms to fill out until they noticed their error in November 2014. How is a consumer supposed to know what forms they need completed? The agent at Merrill Lynch made this mistake. They noticed their error after I had an attorney contact them in 2014. All I am asking for are my legal fees and forensic accounting fees that I wouldn't have had to pay if Merrill Lynch had done their job. It was very obvious at my Mom's memorial that the Merrill Lynch agent was guilty when he fell all over himself trying to please me. I have dealt with 3 compliance officers. "Compliance" means following the rules/laws. All they have done is try to make their obvious fault somehow my fault not to follow the law like they should have. They have error and omission insurance to take care of such glaring mistakes. I am just a consumer making a complaint. My attorney said that trying a lawsuit against a large company like Merrill Lynch would be dumping money down the drain. My Mom's trust was a useless document. I feel that Merrill Lynch should do the right thing and admit their many errors and make this right by covering the legal and accounting fees I had to incur due to their errors.

by Denise, 1/23/2017



How do these idiots stay in business? NOBODY knows what they are doing or how to figure out simple transfers. Can't even read their own paperwork or get account numbers right.Tried to make me pay taxes on an inherited IRA and claimed they had never done one before - REALLY??! Everything has to have compliance or management approval yet these mystical people don't seem to really exist. If I could give them less than 1 star I would.


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