Merrill Edge withdrawal at a glance

Whether you are using an online broker for short-term trading or for longer-term investments, there will come a point when you may want to enjoy the fruits of your trading activity if you've been making profitable transactions, or you just need access to your funds for any reason. To do that, first you have to withdraw money from your broker account.

That doesn't sound very complicated, but brokers differ considerably in what withdrawal options they offer (such as bank transfer or credit/debit cards), as well as in the speed and convenience of withdrawal. And while withdrawal at many brokers is free in most cases, some brokers and some types of withdrawals may involve a fee.

So how does Merrill Edge fare in this regard? Before we dive into the details, let us show you at a glance how you can withdraw money from Merrill Edge and how Merrill Edge's withdrawal fees and options compare to some of its close competitors.

Merrill Edge withdrawal fees and options snapshot
Merrill Edge Fidelity Ally Invest
Bank transfer Yes Yes Yes
Credit/debit card No No No
Electronic wallets No Yes No
Withdrawal fee Free withdrawal Free withdrawal, but wire transfers in other than USD costs 3%. Free withdrawal, but wire transfers cost $30.

How to withdraw money from Merrill Edge
Merrill Edge withdrawal options

Withdrawal via bank transfer is by far the most common option. It is available at basically all brokers, and Merrill Edge is no exception.

However, bank transfer is the only withdrawal option available at Merrill Edge, putting it at a slight disadvantage over brokers that also offer withdrawal to credit/debit cards or electronic wallets.

Speed also matters. Unlike some deposit options, withdrawal is rarely instant. It usually takes at least 1 business day, but often several business days for your money to arrive.

We tested withdrawal at Merrill Edge and it took us more than 3 business days - a little bit on the slow side compared with most other brokers.

To withdraw money from Merrill Edge, you need to go through the following steps:

  • Log in to your account
  • Select 'Withdrawal' or 'Withdraw funds' from the appropriate menu
  • Select the withdrawal method and/or the account to withdraw to (if more than one option is available)
  • Enter the amount to be withdrawn, and, if prompted, a short reason or description
  • Submit your request

Please note that you may only withdraw money to accounts that are in your name.

How to withdraw money from Merrill Edge
Merrill Edge withdrawal fees

While depositing money to a brokerage account is free in most cases, this is not necessarily always true for withdrawals. International bank transfers and wire transfers in particular can sometimes incur high fees, so always check carefully if this is something that would apply to your transactions.

We have good news for you: basic withdrawal at Merrill Edge is free of charge. See the table below for details and possible exceptions, as well as how Merrill Edge compares with some of its immediate competitors.

Merrill Edge withdrawal fees
Merrill Edge Fidelity Ally Invest
Domestic bank withdrawal Free withdrawal Free withdrawal Free ACH withdrawal, but wire transfers cost $30
International bank withdrawal $24.95 withdrawal fee Free withdrawal in USD, but withdrawals in other currencies cost 3% $30 per withdrawal
Credit/Debit card withdrawal Not available Not available Not available
Electronic wallets withdrawal Not available Not available Not available

How to withdraw money from Merrill Edge
Bottom line

Merrill Edge withdrawal is free of charge in most cases. However, you can only do it via bank transfer; other convenient options such as withdrawal to credit/debit cards or electronic wallets are missing.

To see how Merrill Edge's withdrawal fees and options stack up against the rest of the brokerage market, check out our broker comparison tool.

Author of this article

Nicole Conrad

Author of this article

Nicole is an intern content contributor for Brokerchooser. She comes to Brokerchooser with experience and certification in Accounting, and she currently is pursuing graduate studies in Economic Policy. Nicole writes broker reviews to provide transparency for customers: highlighting brokers’ exceptional services and holding them accountable for questionable practices.

Nicole Conrad

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Nicole is an intern content contributor for Brokerchooser. She comes to Brokerchooser with experience and certification in Accounting, and she currently is pursuing graduate studies in Economic Policy. Nicole writes broker reviews to provide transparency for customers: highlighting brokers’ exceptional services and holding them accountable for questionable practices.

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