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Our team works with retirees, busy professionals, and families who have significant assets, but lack the time or inclination to focus on the many details involved in managing them. We simplify the complex aspects of their financial lives, providing them with personal attention and outstanding service. We provide a wide range of services including portfolio construction, discretionary portfolio management, asset allocation, tax minimization strategies, retirement income strategies, college planning, estate planning services, and wealth transfer strategies.
Combining my investing experience with the vast resources available at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, we develop a strategy that is tailored specifically to each client’s unique needs and goals. We implement a plan and review every detail regularly to help make sure you stay on track and adjust to any changes in your life. Though each client’s situation is different, our overall goal is to preserve and grow your assets, minimize the effects of taxes and inflation, and avoid costly mistakes.
Focus on the things we are able to control. When it comes to investing, there are many things that are out of our control…the markets, interest rates and the Federal Reserve, tax rates, unexpected news stories, quarterly earnings (whether bad or good), talking heads on CNBC…and many more. On the other hand, we are in control of how we allocate our portfolio across different asset classes, sectors and investments, how much we save and spend, and how we behave during periods of market turmoil. We strongly believe that focusing specifically on these things is the way to get the best outcomes for our clients, and that is where we concentrate our efforts.
Get to know you, Plan and Prepare. We believe in having a detailed understanding of your goals so that we can create a strategy to get you there. Buying a new home. Paying for a college education. Retiring at the age you desire. Gifting to charities, children or grandchildren. There are many events in life that we plan on, and we have tools at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management that help us make sure you are on track to achieve them. Of course there are also unexpected events, so we believe in preparing for those events too with appropriate cash reserves or short term investments.
Be aware of fees and taxes and their impact on investment returns. Research shows that reducing fees is one of the best ways to improve investment returns. We believe in using low cost investments such as Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), and we discuss fees with our clients so that they can truly understand what they pay directly as well as what their internal investment expenses are. We also use tax advantaged investments such as municipal bonds, and we work with your tax advisor to make sure we are making the best recommendations in that area on your behalf.
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I have recently begun volunteering with the Best Day Foundation which is an organization that provides adventure activities for children and young adults with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other special needs. The San Diego chapter of the foundation provides a special day for these kids by taking them surfing. I am part of the water team who takes them out into the surf and controls the board as we ride the waves together. It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience and I’m excited to participate in more events in the future. — Dave
On June 26,2018 I had opportunity to serve alongside of Junior Achievement in teaching Financial Literacy to 5th grade students of Kimbrough Elementary. I covered the following topics: The Basics of Budgeting, Understanding Economics, Product Innovation? How to Apply for a Career and How to Write a Resume. In the beginning of the class, I asked “What would you do if you had a $100 today?” I was blown away to hear their answers. A handful said, they would give it to the homeless, some said they will give it to their parents so that they can pay rent or buy food, and others said they will take $50 to save it first and then spend the other $50. I was so fortunate to be around students who are eager to learn and participate in expanding their knowledge about finance. I look forward to serving in this capacity again in the future. — Christyn
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.
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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, we can help you create a financial strategy that reflects your personality. Only then can we 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.