Investing: Where do I even start?

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Joan (Joni) L. Suski, CFP®, CDFA®, CRPC, CPFA®, is a Wealth Management Advisor and Vice President at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) certificant, awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Joni also holds the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, (CDFA®) designation awarded by the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts™, and the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) designation awarded by the College for Financial Planning. She is one of few Advisors that hold the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor credentials for 401k Solutions for Business.

Drawing on 15 years experience as a Certified Public Accountant, CPA, and 11 concurrent years as a Certified Management Accountant, CMA, before deciding to join Merrill in 2004 as a Wealth Management Advisor, Joni caters to an elite group of individuals, families, businesses, and other entities for investment and retirement plan evaluation, design, implementation, and review. "As a Wealth Management Advisor, I am able to offer a deeper, more full-service and holistic approach to serving clients' needs." When asked what I do, I simply say, "I tell people that I know very well and care for very much what is best for them financially."

Joni's process includes learning about a Client's assets, liabilities, health, time horizon, and goals utilizing Merrill's state-of-the-art Wealth Management tools at the outset of the relationship. These elements are updated during customized reviews also leveraging the above mentioned tools.  

Joni showcases Total Merrill (Advice, Planning, Retirement, Stock Options, Education, IRA, 401(k), 403(b), Defined Benefit Plans, Annuities, Home Financing, NMLS ID#579961, Medical and Professional Practice Financing, Lending, Credit, Access to Banking Services from Bank of America N.A, Investing, Estate Planning Strategies, Life and Long-Term Care Insurance, Philanthropy, Nonprofit Services, Succession Planning for Businesses, Cash Management, and Wealth Preservation Strategies) to desirable clients and highlights the many benefits to the prestigious Merrill Lynch Professional Alliance Program to select CPA Firms, Law Firms, Banks, and Insurance Companies.

Along with the industry's Specialists, she holds Continuing Professional Education for Certified Public Accountants, (CPE for CPAs), and hosts monthly Professional's Luncheons. Call her at (860) 368-6968 for information on getting on the invitee list.

Professional and Social Organization Memberships have included:

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
The Connecticut Society of CPAs
American Cancer Society Committee Member
The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts
The Hartford Golf Club

Joni earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Hartford with a concentration in Accounting and minors in Mathematics and Psychology. She, her husband, and their three children live in Avon, Connecticut.

"I welcome the opportunity to be an essential resource to clients during the wealth accumulation, wealth preservation, and wealth distribution phases of their lives". You may contact my wonderful Registered Wealth Management Client Associate Matt Corjulo, at (860) 368-6953 for an appointment.

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 Hartford

Professional Staff

Supported by the global resources of Merrill, my 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.

John P Walsh

Retirement Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

Jeffrey Wiedmann

Wealth Strategies Advisor

Bank of America, N.A.

Al Madadi

Associate Investment Advisory Specialist


Where do we begin? It starts with you.

At Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, 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


Every relationship begins with a conversation, helping you identify and prioritize which goals matter most to you. Whether it's transferring wealth to the next generation, customizing your financial approach to help you pursue your passions, or providing advice and guidance to help you stay informed, I start by listening to learn more about you and your family.


Merrill’s process is designed to help deliver a customized, comprehensive experience to assist you not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond investments. Providing you with access to the investment insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, and the banking and lending solutions of Bank of America offers a way to help you manage all of the pieces of your financial life. Working one-on-one with a Merrill advisor means you have a single point of contact to help you with potential strategies for transferring wealth to the younger generation.

Focus On Individuals, Families and Small Businesses

I believe that financial success can be achieved when you’re able to make investment-related decisions and trade-offs that can help you reach personally meaningful goals. Whether you’re planning your retirement, saving to buy a home or funding a child’s education, the process begins by getting to know you and how you feel about the following:

  • 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

Success will be measured by the amount of progress you are making toward reaching your goals, making thoughtfully considered adjustments as events and conditions warrant.

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.

Your approach to investing

Drawing upon research in the field of behavioral finance, Merrill 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 approach we develop together to help you pursue what matters most to you. Our Investment Personality Assessment is one of the ways to help us get to know you - to understand your goals and priorities. These questions will 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 approach.


I believe the best financial approach 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. Calculating how to manage future health care expenses? College on the horizon? Considering the sale of a business or purchase of a home? Preparing to pass your wealth to future generations? It all starts with a plan intended to help you manage, grow, and preserve your wealth today, while also considering the impact it can have for years to come. With access to the investment insights of Merrill and banking solutions from Bank of America, I will work with you to develop an approach designed to help address your financial needs.


My mission, first and foremost, is to understand you and what matters most to you. Armed with that information I can ask thoughtful questions -- listening carefully, then understanding in detail where your wealth stands today and where you’d like it to be tomorrow. I help you design and implement a personalized plan intended to help you and your family pursue financial goals while helping manage investment risk. My approach is to focus on potential solutions that can help turn goals into reality.

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

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    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 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.

      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.

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      No question too big or moment too small
      For every question you have, every decision you make and every answer you need, we are with you to listen and help guide you along the many paths your life can take. Watch this video to see some questions we can address together.

      The Power of the Right Advisor®
      Working with a dedicated Merrill advisor means you get personalized investment strategies from Merrill plus access to comprehensive financial solutions only Bank of America can deliver.

      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.

      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.