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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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*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.
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.
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.
We put you first, every day.
Learn more about the dedicated one-on-one relationship you can have with a Merrill Lynch financial advisor.
Getting to know you is our primary goal.
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.
We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.