The Linke Group

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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.

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

Our Family Serving Yours

The Linke Group is a wealth management team based in Stamford, Connecticut. We work with a select group of clients nationwide, offering customized investment strategies and precise implementation. We believe we’re different in the way we approach your needs, foster your long-term aspirations and care about your day-to-day well-being.

Our story as a team is not typical. Our senior leaders, Allan and Scott Linke, are brothers. But our family connection to Merrill Lynch does not end there. A member of our family was one of the original partners dating back to 1916. Since then members of our family have continuously worked at Merrill Lynch, fulfilling roles ranging from CEO to operations. We are proud to have a family-run team within Merrill Lynch that continues that tradition. We see our outreach as a family business – a perspective that manifests in the way we interact with client families and with our own team members.

Our sensitivity to family legacies –the sacrifices, concerns and satisfactions they entail—helps us to work effectively with multiple generations, catering to each person’s priorities and needs. We invite you to learn more about our team, our family and the ways we can help your own family members pursue their goals more effectively.

Dedicated in Pursuit of Client Goals
Financial advisors sometimes underscore their years of service. We’re all for experience; we have decades ourselves. But we believe in something more: wisdom. Experience means we lived through it. Wisdom means we learned from it. We believe in applying the collective wisdom of our team to help clients discern, understand and address the financial issues that impact their lives.

We are keenly attuned to helping clients avoid pitfalls. Clients look to us for timely information on changing economic environments, investment opportunities, legal and policy updates, and tax implications. We relish our roles as guides, mentors and sounding boards. We believe that a lack of communication sabotages relationships. Sometimes our role is simply to ask the right questions. This we believe leads to better outcomes. Throughout our relationships, we treat our client family with the respect and courtesy they deserve, speaking to them—not down to them.
Dedicated in Pursuit of Client Goals
Financial advisors sometimes underscore their years of service. We’re all for experience; we have decades ourselves. But we believe in something more: wisdom. Experience means we lived through it. Wisdom means we learned from it. We believe in applying the collective wisdom of our team to help clients discern, understand and address the financial issues that impact their lives.

We are keenly attuned to helping clients avoid pitfalls. Clients look to us for timely information on changing economic environments, investment opportunities, legal and policy updates, and tax implications. We relish our roles as guides, mentors and sounding boards. We believe that a lack of communication sabotages relationships. Sometimes our role is simply to ask the right questions. This we believe leads to better outcomes. Throughout our relationships, we treat our client family with the respect and courtesy they deserve, speaking to them—not down to them.
Where Strategy Meets Service
Wealth management means different things to different people. We want to be the first and last phone call a client makes. If something concerns a client, it concerns us. We are selective in our relationships, working with a limited number of clients in order to deliver the maximum benefit from the services we offer. That selectivity yields a different kind of engagement—one based on an intimate understanding of a client’s circumstances and priorities.

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Our extended tenure at Merrill Lynch has exposed us to a wide range of offerings and capabilities; if we can’t help clients directly, we’ll do our best to work with the people who can provide solutions. Our network of contacts and access to specialists amplifies our effectiveness; while we believe our tenure enables us to best bring the power of Merrill Lynch to all our relationships.

Service is the heartbeat of our team, from our day-to-day outreach to our long-term philosophy. Our goal is to wow clients, whether they have been with us for twenty days or twenty years. We offer access to the following suite of services:

•  Investment management1
•  Cash flow analysis and strategy1
•  Business sale or transfer2
•  Retirement Planning Strategy1
•  Executive services1
•  Trust and estate planning services2
•  Credit Management Strategies2
•  Access to credit and lending through Bank of America, N.A.2

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Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
2 Banking products are offered by Bank of America, N.A.
In-Depth Relationships Focused on Client Needs
We are fortunate to work with an accomplished clientele. Many are senior executives, current or retired business owners, or their family members. Within those relatively broad categories, each client's investor DNA is different. We are ever mindful of those differences: the issues that concern clients; the aspirations that inspire them. Communication is the core of our connection; we welcome the opportunity to speak and meet with clients as often as possible, both formally and informally.

Wealth management is more than good relationships. We are committed to creating value for clients – tackling difficult questions, unwinding complex circumstances, anticipating issues and avoiding potential inefficiencies. They look to us to help them make the best decisions they can, using analysis and tools to capitalize on a wide range opportunities. Our service model unifies the results, helping clients stay up-to-date with our course of action.

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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We put you first, every day.
Learn more about the dedicated one-on-one relationship you can have with a Merrill Lynch financial advisor.





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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.