Taking care of your family and other people in your life
- Trust & Estate Planning Services4
- Education Funding1
With a deep appreciation for our clients’ financial complexities, Beam, Bass & Byrd brings a can-do attitude and tremendous wealth management experience to a clientele it considers “diverse and deserving.”
Led by Chris Beam, a former U.S. Army officer, the group serves retired and active military personnel, DoD civilians and contractors, and military related nonprofit organizations. The group also works with small business owners, real estate developers, attorneys, CPAs, and their families in Florida and 28 other states.
“From thoughtful and frequent discussions, we can appreciate clients’ concerns and aspirations. From there, we can tailor goals-based strategies that go beyond investments – to account for both sides of their balance sheet. Often, we provide access to security-based lending through Bank of America N.A., for example – so that clients can help family or purchase a home without disrupting their portfolios. We don’t look at one aspect of client wealth, without looking at the bigger picture,” Chris explains.
Beam, Bass & Byrd is very familiar with the military pension system and helps clients navigate options as they approach retierment. We want clients to make the most of their pensions and assets in former employer's retirement plans. The team also knows other companies and organizations that serve military clients – and can help align insurance, tax minimization and estate planning strategies, often in coordinating with clients’ CPAs and attorneys.
“We bring ‘situational awareness’ to clients’ changing lives,” Chris points out. “As retirement gets closer, cash flow becomes a bigger issue. Based on BofA Global Research and our own, we manage and track client portfolios in the context of many factors, such as a client’s timeline, risk tolerance, and liquidity needs. We also offer input on Social Security, Medicare Part B and on any matter that can impact clients’ wealth and outlook. We’re here for clients and want to help them make smart decisions. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll find someone who does.”
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.
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.
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.
We can offer advice and guidance designed to assist you in making 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’ll start by getting to know you and how you feel about the following seven life priorities.:
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 give you a sense of the full assessment and help us provide you with additional insights and resources.
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.
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.
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.
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We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, 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.
1 Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
2 Banking, mortgage and home equity products offered by Bank of America, N.A.
3 Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.
4 Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Bank of America Private Bank.
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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.
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.
We get to know you and your family, your financial situation and what matters most to you.
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.
We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.