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Merrill Lynch

STRATEGIC WEALTH GROUP

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Merrill Lynch
Wealth Management

Plan, Process, Discipline

With over 125 years of combined wealth management experience, the Strategic Wealth Group at Merrill is a 10 person team committed to helping you achieve your goals.
Welcome

We provide extensive customized planning and strategies, as well as access to banking solutions from Bank of America to a select group of successful families, businesses, and non-profit organizations by delivering the services of a boutique with the resources and access of a global institution. The Strategic Wealth Group’s vast experience and long standing relationships with clients and their families helps to ensure that they successfully navigate life’s transitions including retirement, the purchase or sale of a business, education, weddings, births, and intergenerational wealth transfer.


We begin by taking the time to listen to clients to better understand what matters most to them. Responding to client needs is our primary focus and planning for those needs relentlessly drives our daily activities. We focus our energies on helping individuals pursue a balanced approach to life and wealth.

Our backgrounds in the corporate world, public accounting*, investment banking and private equity provide us with a distinctive perspective on advising clients on all areas of their financial lives. We  leverage our backgrounds to maximize value for our clients by providing strategic consultation encompassing a wide range of services including cash flow and investment management, credit and lending, sale process and merger and acquisition advisory, as well as 401(k) and profit sharing plan optimization services.

The Strategic Wealth Group’s first priority is to help clients and their families maintain their lifestyles regardless of the market environment. Our disciplined investment process focuses on consistency and helps clients deploy and diversify their wealth effectively. We work closely with the Chief Investment Office in constructing custom managed strategies with access to some of the best investment advisors around the world.

* Merrill, its affiliates, and financial advisors do not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice. You should consult your legal and/or tax advisors before making any financial decisions.

*The Chief Investment Office (CIO) provides thought leadership on wealth management, investment strategy and global markets; portfolio management solutions; due diligence; and solutions oversight and data analytics. CIO viewpoints are developed for Bank of America Private Bank, a division of Bank of America, N.A., (“Bank of America”) and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“MLPF&S” or “Merrill”), a registered broker-dealer, registered investment adviser and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation.

*Banking products and services provided by Bank of America, N.A. 

Philosophy

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.

Approach

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.

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.

Capabilities

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.”).

Focus On Individuals, Families and Small Businesses

We 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. So whether you’re planning your retirement, saving to buy a home or fund a child’s education, We start by getting to know you and how you feel about the following seven life priorities.

  • 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

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.

Recognition

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.

Sam P Semaan

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2020, 2021, and 2022
Published annually Jan- April. Rankings based on data as of June 30 of prior year.

Forbes "Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors" 2020
Published on July 22, 2020. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2020.

Forbes "Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors" 2019
Published on July 24, 2019. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2019.

Mitch McLendon

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2022
Published on April 7, 2022.  Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2021.

Meet Our 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 Albano

Wealth Strategist

Merrill

Cody M Webster

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

Merrill

Juan Serrano

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

Merrill

Past Events

Washington Update 2022 with Andy Friedman

October 19th, 2022|4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST

Join us for a virtual event featuring Andy Friedman, a dynamic and insightful speaker and author known for his unique ability to translate difficult tax and fiscal information coming out of Washington, D.C. into potential growth strategies for business owners, executives and high net worth investors. Andy will discuss his perspectives on the current political environment, prospective legislation and strategies for investment and retirement planning on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. EST.

Please contact your Merrill Financial Advisor to register for this event.

    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.

      #DigitalMerrill

      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 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.

        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.


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        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.

        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.