Open a Self-Directed Investing Account

We offer a range of accounts

General Investing

Online Brokerage Account

An investment account that lets you trade and research mutual funds, stocks, fixed income and other securities, while providing check-writing, online bill payment, and a deferred debit card. More info »

Trust & Estate Account

Trust and estate accounts are useful for administering assets that are subject to trust or estate terms. Estate accounts are set up to administer a person's estate after death. Trust accounts hold assets until they are used on behalf of family members or other beneficiaries.

Roth IRA

A retirement account where contributions are made after-tax, and earnings grow tax free for those who qualify. More info »

Traditional IRA

A retirement account that combines tax deferral with the potential for tax deductible contributions. More info »

Rollover IRA

A Merrill Edge® Rollover IRA offers an easy way to maintain the tax-deferred status of your retirement plan while consolidating your retirement assets into one easy-to-manage account. A Rollover IRA isn't right for everyone. Consider all of your choices and learn if a Rollover IRA may be right for you.1

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Inherited IRA

An Inherited IRA is used to transfer inherited retirement plan assets into an account in your name. Use this application to establish either a Traditional or Roth Inherited IRA.

NextGen College Investing Plan®

The plan is a Section 529 plan established by the State of Maine, and is available to anyone, age 18 or older, regardless of residency, income, or age of the beneficiary. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated is the program manager, underwriter and distributor. Learn more about 529 plans »

Custodial (UGMA/UTMA) Account

An investment account setup on behalf of a minor and managed by a parent or guardian. More info »

Small Business Accounts


Business Investor Account (BIA)

Access a suite of investment-based solutions and cash-management services to pursue the needs of your small business. More info »

Small Business 401(k)

Attract and retain talented employees with this affordable, easy-to-manage 401(k) — designed for the needs of small businesses.
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Benefit from the flexibility to contribute as your cash flow allows, while offering yourself (and employees, if you have them) the potential for tax-deferred growth and contribution limits nearly 10 times higher than a Traditional IRA. More info »


Have 100 or fewer employees and predictable cash flow? Take advantage of easy plan-administration, while offering potential tax advantages to your business and employees. More info »


1 You have choices for what to do with your employer sponsored retirement plan. Depending on your financial circumstances, needs and goals, you may choose to roll over to an IRA or convert to a Roth, roll over to an employer sponsored plan from a prior employer to an employer sponsored plan at your new employer, take a distribution or leave the account where it is. Each choice may offer different investment options and services, fees and expenses, withdrawal options, required minimum distributions, tax treatment and provide different protection from creditors and legal judgments. These are complex choices and should be considered with care. Visit for additional information about your choices.

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