Taking care of your family and other people in your life
- Trust & Estate Planning Services4
- Education Funding1
Lyle J. Smith adheres to a disciplined wealth management strategy for Merrill Clients, with an emphasis on fully understanding who they are and what matters most. He believes that his chief competitive advantage lies in the advice that he gives each client developed from his long hours of analysis using both Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and independent research.
Lyle has been employed with Merrill since 1983. Lyle is a qualified Portfolio Manager who, in addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, can help clients pursue their objectives by building and managing his own personalized or defined strategies, which may incorporate individual stocks and bonds, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management model portfolios, and third-party investment strategies. When servicing clients through the firm’s Investment Advisory Program, a Portfolio Manager may manage his strategies on a discretionary basis. He also has earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification*, and also the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM designation**. Moreover, Lyle holds both a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Conservation Of Natural Resources from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of California at Davis.
Finally, Lyle was also the 1994 Republican Nominee for the United States Congress from the 16th Congressional District in San Jose, California.
Lyle enjoys spending time with his wife Yuko.
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.
University of California System
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Your life and goals change. As these changes occur, we can update your approach to reflect them.
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Helping you reach your goals starts with getting to know you personally. Through understanding what matters most to you, together I can help you create a financial approach that reflects your personality. Only then can I 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.
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.
We get to know you and your family, your financial situation and what matters most to you.
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.
We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.