Merrill Lynch

Bowden & Associates

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Merrill Lynch
Wealth Management

Our team focuses on addressing the investing and fiduciary responsibilities of institutions as well as the wealth management needs of individuals and families. We work closely with clients to determine their needs so that we can craft customized financial strategies to help them pursue their goals.


Our focus is you. To understand you and your family, your company, along with your goals, hopes, dreams, worries and concerns. As a team we take great care to listen to what you’re saying and what you’re trying to explain about your life circumstances. What did it take to get you to this point? And how can we make sure we take an approach that reflects the years of hardwork you want advice on? We will help design, implement and track a customized wealth strategy to help you and your family invest, or you and your company, and allow you to focus on whatever you love most about life. We feel we can help corporations spend more time on their business by letting our team assist various committees and personel. We believe we can provide smooth access to an otherwise rough world in finance. With our team, you will feel the world of opportunity to learn, explore and grow. Welcome to your new team, welcome to, Bowden & Associates at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.



The most important part of any journey is that first step. That’s why here in our team we talk about your aspirations and encourage you to ask questions about issues that matter most to you, so we can get the right direction from the start. For corporations, this can be a simple exchange of outsourcing various investment tasks for lower cost than in-house processing, but a lot of what worries individuals can be front of mind for corporate committees too.

What is it keeping you up at night? Which child needs education funding and how can you help them? 

Are you thinking about leaving a legacy behind? How will that legacy reflect your personal values?
We pride ourselves with good listening skills, and with the full resources of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, continued education, certificates and degrees, along with the banking convenience of Bank of America, we will work with you to develop strategies that are designed to help you reach your goals. If you’re going to take that first step in asking for advice, who better to help you begin? We look forward to our first discussion. We are here to help guide you and we will do our best to take the time to make sure you feel we are listening.


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.

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.


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.”).


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.

Joe Bowden

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.

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.

Jason E Haft

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #1003107

Ruth Fagen Silva

Structured Credit Executive

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #1230607

Jason Albano

Wealth Strategist


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

      We believe there is no substitute for having a relationship with a team of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors committed to your needs, who can leverage the investment insights of Merrill and offer access to the banking convenience of Bank of America to help clients navigate the financial and economic landscapes. Let’s work together to help you pursue 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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      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 AdvisorTM
      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.