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Merrill Lynch

The Smiles Group

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Wealth Management

The Smiles Group believes understanding your life priorities is an important part of how we work with the clients we serve. It’s not just about markets and returns, it’s about what matters most to you. We welcome the opportunity to show you how we can work together to create financial strategies designed around you, your goals and your aspirations
Welcome

The Smiles Group team brings shared ideas and resources to clients, offering a goals-based wealth management approach that puts them, rather than the market, at the center of the wealth management process. Offering access to the global investing resources of Merrill and the banking convenience and lending solutions of Bank of America, we can assist clients in identifying and prioritizing personal goals, which might include planning for and funding children’s or grandchildren’s educations, helping ensure that money lasts in retirement, covering potential health care costs, and preserving wealth. We then help to develop a personalized financial approach aligned with their goals.

Philosophy

We 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. 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 to future generations? With access to the investment insights of Merrill and the banking convenience of Bank of America, we will work with you to develop an approach designed to help address your financial needs.

Approach

We begin every relationship 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, we start by listening to learn more about you and your family.

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 help you refine your investing preferences. Together, we can help customize your investment approach. Using an understanding of your priorities and investment personality as a foundation, we help you access the full breadth of resources from Bank of America’s banking products and services and Merrill’s investment insights to address all aspects of your financial life.

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.

Capabilities

Our process is designed to help deliver a customized, consistent experience to assist clients not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond investments. Our ability to provide access to the investment insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, and the banking convenience and lending solutions of Bank of America offers a way to help clients manage all of the pieces of their financial lives. We view ourselves as a financial resource, helping clients with potential solutions for transferring wealth to the younger generation.

Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Bank of America Private Bank, a division of Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation (“BofA Corp.”).

Focus On Individuals, Families and Small Businesses

We 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. So whether you’re planning your retirement, saving to buy a home or fund a child’s education, We start by getting to know you and how you feel about the following seven life priorities.

  • 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

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.

Supporting a strong retirement plan and helping to keep it on track

We understand the retirement and financial needs of your employees, as well as the responsibility those needs create for you as an employer. We offer the solutions your employees may need to help pursue their financial goals and maintain financial wellness based upon their risk tolerance, time horizon, liquidity needs, overall investment goals and the costs associated with the recommendation. Our array of resources and experience is designed to help meet your employees’ financial needs in ways that make sense for your company — strategically, operationally and financially. You and your employees will have a team of experienced and passionate advocates for financial wellness on your side. Our team will make your priorities their own so you can focus more on your business.

Access to Fiduciary Advisory Services1
- Merrill accepts ERISA 3(21) fiduciary responsibility3 for investment advice and recommendations made in the best interest of your plan Investment Policy Statement (IPS) and investment menu design based on your plan goals and participant needs4 
- Comprehensive due diligence processes to identify appropriate investment opportunities 
- Proactive delivery – online and by your advisor – of in-depth investment performance reporting every quarter 
- Fiduciary Advisory Services Report providing plan metrics and demographics, fund analysis and market trends

Education and Plan Services2
Access to Plan Design
- Review of plan demographics to help keep plan on track with objectives
- Review of plan features and services for potential enhancements
- Coordination and implementation of new plan features and services
- Engagement in annual plan compliance testing

Employee Education
- Communications strategy development
- Coordination and presentation of enrollment meetings and retirement planning seminars
- General financial, retirement and investment information
- Asset allocation education and interactive investment materials
- Relationship Management
- Annual plan meetings and service reviews
- Participation in committee meetings
- Access to thought leadership and relevant industry news and trends

Recognition

Merrill is proud of our advisors who’ve received recognition from financial industry publications or directly from Bank of America Corporation. We believe they are setting the standard for exemplary client service.

Christopher W. Smiles

Meet Our Group

Supported by the global resources of Merrill, our group 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.

Erich Williams

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

Merrill

Jeffrey Wiedmann

Wealth Strategist

Merrill

Anthony Spaziani

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #589601

Past Events

Washington Update with Andy Friedman

October 19th, 2022|4:00 PM EDT

Andy Friedman Client Event October 19th at 4:00pm

The Northeast Division is hosting a Washington Update with Andy Friedman on Wednesday October 19th at 4:00pm.

According to CNBC, Andy Friedman is “one of the nation’s most sought-after speakers on all things political.” An expert on political affairs, Andy explains the ever changing, sometimes confusing, and often crazy world of Washington in a straightforward bipartisan manner. He is known for predicting the outcomes of Washington deliberations and providing financial advisors and investors with strategies to consider in light of the changing political landscape.

    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.

      #DigitalMerrill

      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

      You can 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’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 we can help you create a financial approach that reflects your personality. Only then can we 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.


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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 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.

        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.