The Cloninger Group

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The Cloninger Group

Whatever your personal goals may be, we will work with you to develop a customized financial strategy designed to help you pursue what’s most important to you.

Meet the Team

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

David  Cloninger

David Cloninger

Senior Financial Advisor

916.648.6388
Andrew M Cloninger

Andrew M Cloninger

Wealth Management Advisor

916.648.6328
Romer Jerrold Blanquera

Romer Jerrold Blanquera

Registered Senior Client Associate

916.648.6236
Joshua A Pelz

Joshua A Pelz

Registered Client Associate

916.648.6296
Lorena  Robles-Cohen

Lorena Robles-Cohen

Registered Client Associate

916.774.8017

Additional Resources

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

Christopher Moreno

Christopher Moreno

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer NMLS # 619949

Where do we begin? It starts with you.

At Merrill Lynch, your financial advisor focuses on the things you care about most- family, goals and priorities - even as they change over the years.

Understanding Your Life

Welcome

The Cloninger Group is a Global Wealth and Investment Management team based in Sacramento, California.

We have provided financial advice and wealth management services for more than 50 combined years. Each member of The Cloninger Group has one or more of the following licenses: Series 7, Series 8, Series 63, Series 65, and Series 66 FINRA registrations. Andrew Cloninger holds the CFP® certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. and Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM designation.

We have extensive experience assisting the Firm's high-net-worth clients with wealth transfer, business services, retirement and estate planning issues, private money management, hedge strategies and concentrated stock strategies.

The entities we serve are comprised of affluent families, corporate executives and successful business owners who value the integrated strategic approach we bring to the relationship.

The Cloninger Group is committed to the community as each member serves on one or more boards including St. John's Shelter for Woman and Children and The Capital Athletic Soccer Academy. Team members live in Sacramento with their families.


*Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the certification marks CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements. *CRPC® and Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM are registered service marks of the College for Financial Planning.|Adept in Managing Significant Wealth

The clients we serve have complex needs. Many of them have experienced a critical inflection point in their financial lives: they have sold a business, taken a business public, attained a new level of professional success, or undergone a family transition. We help these clients navigate key junctures in their wealth, designing and implementing customized strategies that reflect their distinctive needs. We realize that significant wealth requires anticipation, coordination, and relentless follow through; we make it our business to provide all three. We purposely limit the number of our engagements so that we can provide the nuanced outreach and prompt attention that clients require. Each member of our team serves clients with a dedication that underscores their importance.

Encompassing Multiple Disciplines

Sound investment management is important to the clients we serve. But it is not their only priority. We help clients streamline their wealth across multiple contexts. We believe that wealth management should not occur in a vacuum; we help unify tactics and strategy across multiple goals. Specifically, we work with clients in the following key areas:

  • Investment management: traditional and alternative investments* 
  • Trust and estate planning services 
  • Credit and lending through Bank of America, N.A. 
  • Access to family office services and lifestyle services 
  • Executive services 
  • Philanthropy 
  • Specialized asset financing: aircraft, yacht, art 

Focused on Client Outcomes

Our team uses a detailed wealth management process that we have honed over many years. Because we exclusively serve affluent clients, we are intimately familiar with the issues they encounter: personal, professional, and philanthropic. We orient our actions toward client goals, constantly pushing ourselves to advance client interests. If an issue is important to clients, it is important to us.
*Some or all alternative investments may not be suitable for certain investors. Certain alternative investments carry significant risk and are not subject to the same regulatory oversight as mutual funds and other traditional investments.  For these reasons, access to alternative investments may be limited to investors who are designated as sophisticated, high-net-worth investors.
 

Philosophy

We believe that the best financial strategy is the one that helps you pursue your goals. That's why, from the start, we talk about your aspirations and encourage you to ask questions about issues that matter most to you. Worried about managing future health care expenses? College on the horizon? Considering the sale of a business or purchase of a home? Preparing to pass your wealth on to future generations? With access to the investing insights of Merrill Lynch and the banking convenience of Bank of America, we will work with you to develop strategies that are designed to address your priorities and financial needs.

Approach

We begin every relationship with a conversation, helping you to identify and prioritize which goals matter most to you. Whether that's transferring wealth to the next generation, customizing financial strategies that help you pursue your passions, or simply providing advice and guidance to help you stay informed, we start by listening to learn more about you.

Merrill Lynch developed the Investment Personality Assessment to help us get to know your investing preferences. By gaining a deeper understanding of how you think and feel about investing through this assessment, we can help customize the financial strategy we develop together.

Capabilities

Our process is designed to deliver a customized, consistent experience to assist clients not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond portfolio management. Our ability to provide access to the investment insights of Merrill Lynch and the banking convenience of Bank of America offers a way for clients to manage all of the pieces of their financial lives. We can be a financial resource, helping clients with the process of transferring wealth to the younger generation.

Focus On Individuals and Families

We work primarily with high-net-worth individuals and families. 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 others and giving to charities
  • Work: Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Finance: Bringing it all together and defining your financial goals
We work closely with other trusted professionals to help clients pursue their goals, drawing on the investment insights of Merrill Lynch and 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 Lynch 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 strategy we develop together to help you with your approach for what matters most to you. Our Investment Personality Assessment is one of the ways to help me 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 strategy.

Your Financial Strategy

We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill Lynch, trust and fiduciary services from U.S. Trust, 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
FAMILY
Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Services2
  • Education Funding Strategies1
  • Insurance3
HEALTH
HEALTH
Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
HOME
HOME
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
WORK
WORK
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
LEISURE
LEISURE
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
GIVING
GIVING
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds2
  • Private Foundations2
  • Charitable Trusts2
FINANCE
FINANCE
Using your finances to bring it all together
  • Merrill Lynch 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

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.

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 strategy, our goal is to help give you peace of mind* that you're on track to help achieve what's most important to you.

Regular reviews to help you stay on track
Regular reviews to help you stay on track

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.

  • Sample client review agenda
  • Sample Wealth Outlook Report
Monitoring changes in your life and to your goals
Monitoring changes in your life and to your goals

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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Access to what you need, when you need it

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

  • Your advisor is never more than a click away within our site or mobile apps
  • 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 Lynch’s asset aggregation tool

*Peace of mind is an aspirational state of mind that clients hope to achieve. There are no guaranteed results following completion of the Goals-Based Wealth Management process because markets can fluctuate and investments can lose value. Advisors work with clients to help them understand how the goals based wealth management process can help to address their concerns, financial situation and priorities.

Let’s Have a Conversation

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.

Why Merrill Lynch?

As Merrill Lynch financial advisors, we will sort through the financial complexities of your life, helping you build a customized investment strategy to pursue your goals.


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Personalized advice from a dedicated financial advisor.

Getting to know you is our primary goal.

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

Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill Lynch, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.

Adjusting your plan as your life and the markets change.

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