Investing: Where do I even start?

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How we help clients prepare for the joys and challenges of retirement.


Donald Stegall is a Financial Advisor who has earned the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certification awarded to individuals who meet rigorous education, examination, experience, ethics and other requirements set by the CFP Board. Don also earned the CRPS, Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist designation from the College for Financial Planning Institutes Corp along with the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor designation awarded to individuals who take fiduciary responsibility on corporate retirement plans. Since 2011 Don has been focusing on retirement plan counseling for companies as well as creating income based retirement portfolios for their current and retired employees. He graduated from Montclair University in 1993 with a Business Communications BA.  Mr. Stegall currently resides in Lewes, DE.  He lives with his three children Liam, Talia and Aidan.

*Source - As published online and in the January-February 2015 issue of PLANADVISER. To be considered for the annual PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Adviser list, advisors had to either submit information and references or be nominated and enter the award process for 2015 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year—individual, team or multi office team. Nominees were then asked to complete a form, providing various details about their practice, some of which appear on the lists. Advisors who were not nominated for the PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year awards could also submit such information unsolicited, although not to be considered for the awards. The PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers list is drawn solely from quantitative factors and information supplied by the advisors themselves. PLANSPONSOR and PLANADVISER are not affiliates of Bank of America Corporation.


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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


Why I love what I do?

Its a great feeling creating financial strategies that help you live the best life possible. Wealth isn't just about the performance of your portfolio-it is about how you live your life and the meaningful goals you want to achieve.

How am I different from other advisors?

Devotion to your success-

I work with business owners, senior executives, entrepreneurs, and multi-generational families and help them grow, steward, preserve and transfer their wealth effectively.


Not for us, but for you! You are the business, career or family we need to promote and we will use our vast network to introduce you to key people that may be the lead that impacts your life. You will always be on our mind when meeting the right person that can help or support you.


Listening and Understanding-

Taking the time needed to know what is important to you and what your priorities are, we can customize investments to reflect your unique preferences, time horizons, and cash flow needs, wealth transfer objectives, and tax implications.

Instant Customer Service-

No voice machines and no emails a week later. If you have something that needs to be addressed a person on our team will take care of it instantly so its one less thing you have to worry about. With a text or email or a phone call we want to be there 24/7 for you.

Credibility & Competence-

The markets, tax laws, estate trusts and work benefits are in a constantly changing environment. In my commitment to serve you I go through the strenuous challenges of maintaining the following academic achievements, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional , Chartered Retirement Plan Specialist and Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor designations.


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.

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.


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.

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

    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 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.