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Investment Strategy Overview

The Chief Investment Office (CIO) outlook on the economy, the markets, investment trends, portfolio considerations and asset-class weightings.

Grinding Through the Wedge

Today's investment landscape features a “wedge" in the markets, in the view of the Chief Investment Office. This wedge entails a sharp change to the macro economic outlook and forces a rotation across and within asset classes, creating a choppy investment environment with spurts of volatility.

“We believe the “wedge" environment ultimately creates a market climate in which themes below the major indices, diversification, and factors such as dividend growth and “growth at a reasonable price" could become the most attractive characteristics of consistent returns." —Christopher Hyzy, Chief Investment Officer, Merrill and Bank of America Private Bank

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Important Disclosures

Opinions and data are as of the date of this report and are subject to change.

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

The Chief Investment Office (CIO) provides thought leadership on wealth management, investment strategy and global markets; portfolio management solutions; due diligence; and solutions oversight and data analytics. CIO viewpoints are developed for Bank of America Private Bank, a division of Bank of America, N.A., (“Bank of America") and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“MLPF&S" or “Merrill"), a registered broker-dealer, registered investment adviser and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation (“BofA Corp.").

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.

Asset allocation, diversification and rebalancing do not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.

Investments have varying degrees of risk. Some of the risks involved with equity securities include the possibility that the value of the stocks may fluctuate in response to events specific to the companies or markets, as well as economic, political or social events in the U.S. or abroad. Bonds are subject to interest rate, inflation and credit risks. Treasury bills are less volatile than longer-term fixed income securities and are guaranteed as to timely payment of principal and interest by the U.S. government. Investments in foreign securities (including ADRs) involve special risks, including foreign currency risk and the possibility of substantial volatility due to adverse political, economic or other developments. These risks are magnified for investments made in emerging markets. Investments in certain industry or sector may pose additional risk due to lack of diversification and sector concentration.

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