Bank of America Merrill Lynch Named Institutional Investor’s “Top Global Research Firm of 2012”

  Bank of America Merrill Lynch Named Institutional Investor’s “Top Global
  Research Firm of 2012”

                   Firm Tops List for Second Straight Year

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- December 13, 2012

For the second straight year, Bank of America Merrill Lynch was named
Institutional Investor’s “Top Global Research Firm of 2012.” This was achieved
by BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research winning 236 total team positions—more
than any other firm and 10 more than last year—in the 12 Institutional
Investor research team surveys published this year.

“This outstanding result is a testament to the high caliber, hard work and
dedication of our teams around the world,” said Candace Browning, head of BofA
Merrill Lynch Global Research. “The Institutional Investor surveys are
important to us as they are a measure of the value of our global research to
investors and help us attract and retain top analysts.”

BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research

The BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research franchise covers nearly 3,500 stocks
and 1,100 credits globally and ranks in the top tier in many external surveys.
Most recently, the group was named Top Global Research Firm of 2012 by
Institutional Investor magazine; No. 1 in the 2012 Institutional Investor
All-Asia survey for the second consecutive year; No. 2 in the 2012
Institutional Investor All-China, All-Europe, All-Japan and All-Latin America
surveys; and No. 3 in the 2012 Institutional Investor All-America survey. The
group was also named No. 2 in the 2012 Institutional Investor All-America
Fixed Income survey and in the 2012 Emerging Markets Equity and Fixed Income
survey, covering Emerging Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Additionally, BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research was named the No. 1 Global
Broker by Financial Times/StarMine,as well as rankedNo. 1 in the U.S. and
Europe and No. 2 in Asia. The group was also named No. 1 in Asia and No. 2 in
the U.S. in the Wall Street Journal Best on the Street 2012 Analysts Surveys.
The group was also the winner of the Emerging Markets magazine’s EM Research
Global Award for 2010 and 2011.

Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving
individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large
corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and
other financial and risk management products and services. The company
provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving more than 55
million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,500
retail banking offices and approximately 16,300 ATMs and award-winning online
banking with 30 million active users. Bank of America is among the world's
leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and
investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving
corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank
of America offers industry-leading support to more than 3 million small
business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and
services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40
countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the
Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch is the marketing name for the global banking and
global markets businesses of Bank of America Corporation. Lending,
derivatives, and other commercial banking activities are performed globally by
banking affiliates of Bank of America Corporation, including Bank of America,
N.A., member FDIC. Securities, strategic advisory, and other investment
banking activities are performed globally by investment banking affiliates of
Bank of America Corporation (“Investment Banking Affiliates”), including, in
the United States, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, which
is a registered broker-dealer and a member of FINRA and SIPC, and, in other
jurisdictions, locally registered entities. Investment products offered by
Investment Banking Affiliates: Are Not FDIC Insured * May Lose Value * Are Not
Bank Guaranteed.

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