MKB and Associates

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MKB and Associates

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Whatever your personal goals may be, we will work with you to develop a customized financial strategy designed to help you pursue what’s most important to you.

We strive to help you achieve and maintain the life you desire.

We can assist you in making key financial choices, differentiating between needs and wants, then creating investment strategies intended to help you enjoy your lifestyle and preserve your wealth.

We work closely with you to determine how much income you'll need to sustain your current lifestyle, and what trade-offs you could live with, if you had to. This process will help establish the portfolio size and composition you need to help maintain and grow your assets. The portfolios and investment strategies we help you develop are carefully aligned with your goals, time horizon, liquidity needs and risk tolerance.

As we help create your customized portfolio, we take great pride in drawing on the capabilities of Merrill Lynch to help address the different components of your complex financial life.

We also believe strongly in openness—we will keep you informed about the investments you own, the reasons you own them and what fees you are paying.

Understanding your objectives. Helping you pursue them.

We recommend that before you invest, you give us the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of your unique situation, values, goals and objectives. Our conversations with you are geared toward identifying your "core," the portion of your portfolio intended to minimize risk.

In our view, the primary aim of any long-term investment strategy should be to limit the risk of your financial core—so that you have the ability to maintain your desired lifestyle. Once your core assets are in place, we seek to invest the balance of your portfolio in securities that offer growth potential.

Of course, growing your assets cannot be done without employing strategies designed to preserve those assets. While no investment is risk-free, we utilize a risk-based approach, recommending and selecting investments we believe offer favorable long-term prospects.

A focus on clients' interests.

We emphasize absolute candor in client relationships. When addressing your requirements, risk tolerance and investment goals, we neither minimize nor overstate problems, nor do we shy away from helping you make difficult choices.

We are committed to providing independent advice and guidance, making sure you understand what investments you own — and the cost of owning them. We want you to feel we can help steer your investments appropriately and prudently through market environments both smooth and stormy.

We are also dedicated to providing you with personalized attention. Regardless of the size of a given relationship, we make a point of staying in touch with clients, encouraging them to reach out to us with questions and concerns.

Maintaining your lifestyle is our ongoing discipline

We help you understand the investments you own, why you own them, and the potential benefits and risks they may provide to you, your family and your employees.

Portfolios will be customized to fit your needs, with underlying investments that may include U.S. government securities, exchange-traded funds, growth equities and alternative investments (for qualified clients), depending on your growth objectives, liquidity needs, time horizon and risk tolerance.

As we create a customized strategy for you, we generally seek to establish a diversified portfolio, investing core assets (meaning long-term holdings that form the core of your portfolio) in lower-risk securities, and non-core assets in securities offering higher growth potential.


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

J.C. McKnight

Barron’s 2018 “America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State-by-State”

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  in 2018.

Peter Kenny

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2018 and 2019

George Bassett

Forbes/SHOOK “America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” in 2018.

Meet the Team

Supported by the global resources of Merrill, our team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Your Financial Strategy

We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill, as well as banking, trust and fiduciary services from 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.

Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Services2
  • Education Funding Strategies1
  • Insurance3
Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds2
  • Private Foundations2
  • Charitable Trusts2
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 you stay on track to 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.

    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.

    Access to what you need, when you need it

    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

    • 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'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. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management 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 Wealth Management 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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    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, 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.