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Wealth Management

Our team focuses on addressing the investing and fiduciary responsibilities of institutions as well as the wealth management needs of individuals and families. We work closely with clients to determine their needs so that we can craft customized financial strategies to help them pursue their goals.

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Welcome

Our goal is to help you reach your goals. By understanding your unique priorities and financial situation we can help you plan for the retirement you’ve envisioned — it’s about preparing and keeping your finances in line. We start by listening and learning about your vision for retirement. We then work with you to develop a customized retirement approach that takes your unique retirement goals and entire financial picture into account. We revisit your goals and help you make adjustments to your approach, as needed, to help you stay on track.

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Philosophy

No two people are alike. Consequently, there is no single wealth management approach that is appropriate for everyone. What matters most to us is what matters most to you. Once we get to know you, your priorities, your goals, risk tolerance, time horizons, liquidity needs and what you want to accomplish over time, only then can we help you position yourself to identify and address financial challenges and potential opportunities. To that end, we will thoughtfully employ our experience and resources to help guide you as you pursue your goals.

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How we help clients

Clients at various stages in their lives count on us to help them find ways to pursue their financial and life goals, including:

  • The retirement lifestyle they envision
  • Preparing for the cost of the best education possible for their children and grandchildren
  • Wealth transfer to the next generation
  • Establishment of their legacy through family foundations and philanthropy
  • Diversifying business interests
  • Potential solutions for managing concentrated equity holdings

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Capabilities

You can’t feel good about your finances unless you know exactly where you are, where you want to go, and how much you may need to get there. We work with you to develop a customized financial strategy, drawing on the best thinking of our firm, to help you with your financial future. We will manage all aspects of your relationship, making it clear what you’re paying for and what you’re getting. As your life and the markets change, we will meet periodically to help make sure you’re on track in pursuing your goals and to adjust your strategy as needed for the journey ahead.

Focus On High-Net-Worth Individuals and Families

We’re fully versed in the many issues that affect wealth management. No matter what your short- and long-term goals may be, we’ll begin by getting to know you as we explore the following seven priorities together:

  • Health: Managing healthcare expenses, now and in the future
  • Home: Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Family: Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Leisure: Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Giving: Volunteering, mentoring and giving to charities
  • Work: Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Finance: Bringing it all together; defining your financial goals
We work closely with other professionals to help clients pursue their wealth management goals, drawing on the investment insights of Merrill and offering access to the banking convenience of Bank of America as we do so.

Your approach to investing

Drawing upon research in the field of behavioral finance, Merrill developed the Investment Personality Assessment to help us get to know you better as an investor and potentially help you refine your own investing preferences. By gaining a deeper understanding of how you think and feel about investing through this assessment, we can customize the financial approach we develop together to help you pursue what matters most to you. Our Investment Personality Assessment is one of the ways to help us get to know you - to understand your goals and priorities. These questions will give you a sense of the full assessment and help us provide you with additional insights and resources.

Understanding your goals and priorities

Your life and goals change. We have tools to help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial approach.

Recognition

Merrill is proud of our advisors who’ve received recognition from industry publications. We believe they are setting the standard for exemplary client service.

Sean R Waltz

Meet Our Group

Supported by the global resources of Merrill, our group is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Additional Resources

The following specialists do not make securities recommendations. Please contact your Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor if you have questions about how a specialist might be able to assist you.

Ronald Valerio

Ronald Valerio

Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #655436

Ben Voelker

Ben Voelker

Trust Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

Past Events

State of the Market

June 3rd, 2020|1:00 PM - 1:30 PM MST

Please join the Waltz-Ledesma Group for a brief conference call with Vice President and T. Rowe Price Portfolio Specialist, Matthew Ko. He will spend the majority of the call sharing their current positioning and future market outlook. 

Matthew is the proxy portfolio manager for the suite of target allocation funds and strategies and communicates the firm's global capital markets outlook and asset allocation viewpoints. Prior to joining the firm in 2017, Matt was an investment director for Putnam Investments, where he was the primary liaison between portfolio managers, research analysts, and clients, serving as the voice of the company and the investment team.   Matt earned a B.B.A. in finance from James Madison University. He also has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Washington, D.C.

Please contact Darci Zaunmiller if you would like to attend.

    Municipal Bond Market Update w/John Loffredo

    May 19th, 2020|1:00 PM - 1:45 PM MST

    Please join the Waltz-Ledesma Group for a brief conference call with John Loffredo, Executive Managing Director and Co-Head of MacKay Municipal Manager on Tuesday, May 19th at 1:00 p.m. 

    John will provide an update on the heightened market volatility as it relates to Covid-19 and the impact on the municipal market. 
     

    John Loffredo is an Executive Managing Director and Co-Head of Municipal Managers, which he manages jointly with Robert DiMella. Together they oversee all aspects of the group’s business, including oversight of portfolio management and research, as well as client relationships and product development. 
     
    He graduated with a MBA and Certificate of Public Management from Boston University and with a BA (cum laude) from Utah State University, where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholar. He is a CFA charter holder. 

    Please contact Darci Zaunmiller if you would like to attend.

    *CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks by CFA Institute.

     

      Bond Market Update with Brian LoDestro

      May 12th, 2020|10:00 AM - 10:45 AM MST

      Please join the Waltz-Ledesma Group for a brief conference call with Brian LoDestro, Principal and Senior Portfolio Strategist for Prudential Investment Management Fixed Income. Brian will provide an update on the market volatility as it relates to Covid-19 and the impact on the bond market.

      Brian LoDestro, CFA, is a principal and senior portfolio strategist for PGIM Fixed Income. He is responsible for providing clients, prospects, and their advisors with detailed insight into the risk management process, sector allocation strategy, security selection process, and current positioning of PGIM Fixed Income-managed portfolios.

      Please contact Darci Zaunmiller if you would like to attend.

      *CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks by CFA Institute.

       

        Your Financial Approach

        We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, and the banking convenience of Bank of America to help you pursue your goals. We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.

        FAMILY
        Taking care of your family and other people in your life
        • Trust & Estate Planning Services4
        • Education Funding1
        • Insurance3
        HEALTH
        Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
        • Long-term Care Insurance3
        • Health Savings Account2
        • Disability Insurance3
        HOME
        Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
        • Home Loans2
        • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
        • Securities-Based Lending2
        • Credit Cards2
        WORK
        Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
        • Bank of America Business Banking2
        • Exchange Funds1
        • Concentrated Stock Management1
        • Succession Planning1
        LEISURE
        Spending your free time in meaningful ways
        • Credit Cards2
        • Securities-Based Lending2
        • Structured Lending2
        GIVING
        Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
        • Donor-Advised Funds4
        • Private Foundations4
        • Charitable Trusts4
        FINANCE
        Using your finances to bring it all together
        • Merrill Investment Accounts1
        • Investment Advisory Accounts1
        • Alternative Investments1
        • Exchange-Traded Funds1
        • Mutual Funds1
        • Closed-end Funds1
        • Fixed Income Products1
        • Options1
        • Annuities3
        • Impact Portfolios1
        • Market-Linked Investments1
        • Securities-Based Lending2
        • Margin1
        • Home Loans2
        • Bank of America Checking and Savings Accounts2
        • Credit Cards2
        • Online Account Access1,2

        1 Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
        2 Banking, mortgage and home equity products offered by Bank of America, N.A.
        3 Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.
        4 Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Bank of America Private Bank.

        Staying on Track

        We understand that both your life and the financial markets can change over time. By periodically checking in to discuss changes in your life and revisiting your financial approach, our goal is to help you stay on track to achieve what's most important to you.


        Periodic reviews to help you
        stay on track

        We’ll meet with you to review your goals and the progress you’ve made toward reaching them. We’ll also discuss any adjustments needed to your financial approach to help you stay on course.


          Monitoring changes in your life
          and to your goals

          Your life and goals change. As these changes occur, we can update your approach to reflect them.

          Wealth Management Your Way

          MyMerrill is your online destination for access to your financial information, secure communications, and a robust offering of tools and capabilities.

          Your advisor is a click away within our site or mobile apps

          You can manage account security with our customizable security capabilities such as touch ID, one time passcode, and other security features

          Access to your complete financial life is available with My Financial Picture, Merrill’s asset aggregation tool

            Let’s Have a Conversation

            We believe it’s important that you seek the advice and guidance of an experienced financial advisor who can thoughtfully analyze your situation, work with you to identify potential solutions that address your needs, and clearly communicate them to you. We want to work with you to develop your wealth management approach for the future.

            Why Merrill?

            As Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors, we will sort through the financial
            complexities of your life, helping you build a customized investment approach to address your needs and pursue your goals.


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            We put you first, every day.
            Learn more about the dedicated one-on-one relationship you can have with a Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor.

            Personalized advice from a dedicated financial advisor.

            We get to know you and your family, your financial situation and what matters most to you.

            A comprehensive approach, built around your life’s priorities.

            Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill, together we will design an approach that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.

            Adjusting your investment approach as your life and the markets change.

            We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.