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- Trust & Estate Services2
- Education Funding Strategies1
Saundra J. Gardner, CFP®, CPFA, CRPC®
First Vice President
Wealth Management Advisor
Senior Portfolio Advisor
The Gardner Group
Saundra has over 20 years of experience in creating wealth management strategies. Saundra has been with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management since 2007 joining the organization from Smith Barney, Beverly Hills where she worked actively as a Senior Investment Management Consultant.
Her knowledge and commitment to the industry have taken her to markets in New York, Chicago, Miami, and Los Angeles in capacities of a Branch Manager, a Licensed Securities Principle, and as a Registered Investment Advisor. All of these positions allowed her the opportunity to oversee the activities of individual bankers and advisors.
Saundra is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards,Inc. She also holds the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor SM, CRPC® designation from the College for Financial Planning.
Saundra is a specially qualified Senior Portfolio Advisor who, in addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, can draw from her experience to help clients pursue their objectives by building and managing custom investment strategies, selecting from a wide range of Merrill model portfolios and third-party investment strategies. When servicing clients through the firm's Investment Advisory Program, a Senior Portfolio Advisor may manage those strategies on a discretionary basis.
She helps clients plan for their retirement utilizing longetivity strategies designed to ensure her clients make it through retirement and beyond so they don't outlive their resources. As a CFP® Certificant, she focuses on legacy planning techniques to transfer wealth in the most tax efficient manner utilizing trusts and gifting techniques.
*Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the certification marks CFP® and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ in the U.S. *CRPC® and Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM are registered service marks of the College for Financial Planning.
I follow the deep-seated Merrill tradition of participating in the communities we serve. This drives my interest in spending time volunteering with organizations in our community.
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We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill, as well as banking, trust and fiduciary services from 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.
1Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
2Banking products are offered by Bank of America, N.A.
3Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.
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 strategy, our goal is to help you stay on track to achieve what's most important to you.
We'll meet with you periodically to review your goals and the progress you’ve made toward reaching them. We'll also discuss any adjustments needed to your financial strategy to help you stay on course.
Your life and goals change. We can help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial strategy.
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Helping you reach your goals starts with getting to know you personally. Through understanding what matters most to you, I can help you create a financial strategy that reflects your personality. Only then can I offer an approach that is built around your life priorities and the ongoing advice you need to help you manage fluctuations in the market and changes in your life. Let’s work together to help you achieve your goals.
As Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors, we will sort through the financial complexities of your life, helping you build a customized investment strategy to pursue your goals.
We put you first, every day.
Getting to know you is our primary goal.
Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.
We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.