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When seeking financial success, choosing the right Financial Advisor is imperative. With 24 years of experience at Merrill Lynch, Jim Varga has proven his dedication to planning a personalized investment strategy for each client’s unique situation. He holds in high regard the importance of getting to know you as an individual in order to best fulfill your financial needs. By assessing your current financial state and more importantly, your short and long term goals, he can help you take control of your finances by mapping out investments, education expenses, estate plans, and your retirement.
Jim focuses on a value based, long-term approach to investing. He follows a consistent investment strategy that maintains discipline in rising markets and helps investors resist emotional selling during market declines. In order to mitigate the risks associated with investing, a general emphasis is placed on diversification of investments in the major asset classes. Jim tries to discourage clients from “impulse” investing while selecting securities that represent good value, including industry-leading companies that pay high dividends. He advocates regular rebalancing of client portfolios in order to help ensure that the asset allocation strategy remains intact.
Alongside his skills and extensive knowledge is Merrill Lynch’s unparalleled investment platform that caters to achieving each client’s individual goals. Having access to such world-class software allows for industry leading research to be done on both your present and future investments. Jim offers wealth management strategies to affluent individuals and families.|Jim Varga is a First Vice President-Wealth Management Advisor for Merrill Lynch. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and has been with firm since 1991. Jim resides in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago with his wife and three daughters. He has been actively involved in the community through various local charities, a previous board position on the Greater Downtown Board of the American Cancer Society, and activities with Chicago Public Schools focused on Friends of Alcott and Friends of Jones. Skeet shooting and coaching his daughters athletics are among some of the hobbies Jim enjoys outside of the office.
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