Bank of America's meltdown-era acquisitions of Merrill Lynch and Countrywide could be among the worst corporate acquisitions of all time. But as much as some long-suffering B of A shareholders would like to go back in time and keep the bank from consummating those deals, time travel is still at least five years away.

With that in mind, investors need to look at Bank of America on a go-forward basis. In the video above, Fool analysts Matt Koppenheffer and Anand Chokkavelu discuss how Merrill Lynch is integrating into Bank of America, and look at some bright spots that it contributed to the bank's third-quarter earnings report.

Anand Chokkavelu owns shares of Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase. He also owns long-dated options on Bank of America and warrants on JPMorgan Chase. Fool contributor Matt Koppenheffer owns shares of Bank of America. The Motley Fool owns shares of Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase & Co. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Goldman Sachs Group. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.