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The Chipps Group

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The Chipps Group

Wealth Management Group

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Wealth Management

At The Chipps Group, every member of our team is dedicated to helping people achieve their financial goals. We believe every client is entitled to the highest level of personalized service and care. With the global resources of Merrill, we’ll place you at the center of the wealth management process as we work together to design a goals-based financial approach to help you reach the goals that matter most to you.

The Chipps Group


The Chipps Group was founded with the goal of delivering the vast resources of one of the world’s largest wealth management firms with all the intimacy and personal service of a small boutique. Many clients are wealthy individuals and their families, usually having between $2-50 million in investable assets, who were referred to us by other clients or by professionals outside of our industry. We also represent corporate clients and not for profit organizations. Clients come to us for professional advice and guidance due to major changes in their personal or family’s financial situation. Their needs have become more sophisticated and complex and they believe they could benefit from having a financial resource in the process. We work closely with their outside professionals to help ensure that their tax and estate planning activities are aligned with their personal and financial goals.

The Chipps Group is privileged to often work with the 2nd and 3rd generation of a client's family. Sensitivity to client needs and conscientious attention to detail are the hallmarks of our group and we have received numerous awards for service excellence and financial advice. Our goal is to educate clients, simplify their lives and help them gain a better understanding of their financial situation. Our strength is in anticipating issues and providing strategies for risk or uncertainty in client’s financial lives. Our job is to worry for clients so they don’t have to.

The Chipps group Business Philosophy

The Chipps Group is committed to providing a first-class financial services package to a limited number of high net worth individuals, families and small businesses.  For one inclusive asset-based fee, we offer individualized wealth management planning, estate planning services, portfolio management and cash management services.  We develop long-term relationships with our clients, in some instances working with two and three generations of the same family.  Our growth comes from referrals from satisfied clients, their accountants and attorneys.


We are extremely selective in accepting clients into our practice.  It is very important for us that our clients enjoy working with us, have reasonable long-term goals, and share our philosophies on wealth management and investing.  We extend our extensive knowledge only to those who can benefit from establishing an exclusive, long term and loyal association with us at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.


Some highlights of our approach are as follows:


  • Wealth Management Planning based approach to client’s needs.  Clients start with the strategic focus of a long-term plan.
  • Consolidation of all assets for simple and efficient tracking and management.
  • State of the art cash management system offering interest bearing checking account, Visa Rewards program, and Merrill Online access to review accounts.
  • An investment philosophy founded on the principles of asset allocation, diversification and tax minimization.  
  • Annual reviews with all clients to track the progress toward their long-term goals and to adjust for changes brought on by personal needs or market conditions.
  • A team based approach: four professionals creating strategies through access to Merrill's specialists in the areas of wealth management and estate planning services, trusts, mortgage and credit, insurance, retirement plans and business financial services in cooperation with clients’ accountants and attorneys.
  • Areas of Focus: liability management and concentrated (restricted) stock positions. (performance based compensation for business and personal financing)
  • The resources and stability of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
*Banking and Lending Services are through Bank of America, N.A.

Focus On High-Net-Worth Individuals and Business Owners

We  offer clients a breadth of potential solutions, premier customer service and financial tools based on their unique circumstances.

No matter what your goals may be, we begin by helping you define and prioritize your financial goals based on the following seven areas:

  • 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'll also draw on our industry knowledge and experience to offer:
  • Potential risk management solutions
  • Trust and estate planning services
  • Potential wealth management solutions
  • Access to Bank of America for your credit and banking needs
This material should be regarded as general or educational information on healthcare or Social Security considerations and is not intended to provide specific healthcare or social security advice. If you have questions regarding your particular situation, please contact your legal or tax advisor.


Our process is designed to help deliver a customized, consistent experience to assist clients not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond investments. Our ability to provide access to the investment insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, and the banking convenience and lending solutions of Bank of America offers a way to help clients manage all of the pieces of their financial lives. We view ourselves as a financial resource, helping clients with potential solutions for transferring wealth to the younger generation.

Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Bank of America Private Bank, a division of Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation (“BofA Corp.”).


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

Judith Chipps

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021

Forbes’ “America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors” 2017, 2018. 2019, 2020 and 2021

Meet the Team

Supported by the global resources of Merrill, our team 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.

Fred R Schector

Fred R Schector

Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #451116

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.

Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds4
  • Private Foundations4
  • Charitable Trusts4
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
Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Planning Services4
  • Education Funding1
  • Insurance3

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 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.

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.

    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.


    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

      Helping you reach your goals starts with getting to know you personally. Through understanding what matters most to you, together we can help you create a financial approach that reflects your personality. Only then can we offer an approach that is built around your life priorities and the advice you need to help you address fluctuations in the market and changes in your life. Let’s work together to help you achieve your goals.

      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.


      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.

      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.

      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.