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Study: Average cost of retirement exceeds $700,000

2/20/2017

A study by Merrill Lynch and Age Wave found that the cost of retirement surpasses $700,000 on average, far outweighing the costs of purchasing a home or paying for higher education. Thinking of retirement "as purchasing something in your future changes the dynamic of how you plan for that number," says Kevin Crain of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Americans fear retirement shortcomings but are ready to make changes

2/17/2017

In terms of how long they think their savings will last in retirement and how much they believe they should set aside, most Americans believe they're falling far short, according to a study from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Age Wave. But many say they're willing to make substantial changes to meet retirement goals, including practices related to health, savings and work.

Gold prices, bond yields may signal crash

2/13/2017

As gold prices and bond yields continue to rise at the same time, a new report suggests trouble for equities. A study by Bank of America Merrill Lynch says conditions in the gold and bond markets are similar to those preceding major stock market crashes in 1973 and 1987.

Rising production could cause US oil, gas prices to plunge in 2018

2/7/2017

Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts warned that a sustained increase in US output could put downward pressure on domestic oil and natural gas prices in 2018 since President Donald Trump's proposed energy policies and deregulation will likely encourage energy companies to invest more in drilling. Meanwhile, a potential Mexico border tax could hurt natural gas exports and prices at Henry Hub if Mexico retaliates with a border tax of its own.

Gold prices, bond yields may signal crash

2/6/2017

As gold prices and bond yields continue to rise at the same time, a new report suggests trouble for equities. A study by Bank of America Merrill Lynch says conditions in the gold and bond markets are similar to those preceding major stock market crashes in 1973 and 1987.

Commodity price surges likely to wane this year

1/19/2017

The bump in commodity prices is likely to ebb in 2017, experts from Bank of America Merrill Lynch say. Although many say excess Chinese liquidity was helping to push up the commodities market, Helen Qiao and other economists say the price bump came thanks to simple supply and demand.

2016 was record-setting year for muni bond issuance

1/10/2017

Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Public Financial Management both increased their leads over competitors in a record-breaking year for municipal bond issuance. BofA ended 2016 with issues worth $65.92 billion and a rise in market share to 15.6% from 13.1%, while PFM's market share rose due to deals worth $73.30 billion.

Report: Proper hedge fund strategies key for diversification

1/5/2017

Investors looking to diversify via hedge funds must choose their strategies carefully, according to a report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Short bias and merger arbitrage could help investors achieve that objective, the report notes.

Analysts: Time is right to invest in real estate

1/4/2017

Chad Morganlander of Stifel Nicolaus said real estate could outperform the Standard & Poor's 500 index this year, and Craig Johnson of Piper Jaffray sees an upswing in real estate stocks in the near future. Bank of America Merrill Lynch says real estate is the most underowned sector among active managers.

BofA: Hedge funds' top shorts have outperformed top longs

12/27/2016

Hedge funds' top 100 shorts have outperformed their top 100 longs by 3.76% as of Dec. 15, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in an analysis of Form 13F filings. Stock selection has bolstered hedge funds' performance, data show.