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Merrill Lynch

The Sheppard Group

Purpose Driven Investments & Wealth Management
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Merrill Lynch
Wealth Management

The Sheppard Group strives to deliver exceptional wealth management; tailor-made through outstanding customer service and intelligent investing. We embrace a culture of innovation that places us on the cutting edge of wealth management. We measure our success by the realization of our clients’ goals and aspirations.
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Welcome

The Sheppard Group strives to offer the highest level of individualized client service and financial solutions to business owners, affluent individuals and their families. While addressing client’s specific needs is the focus, the team’s strength is its disciplined investment process, driven by a unique equity portfolio. As active managers of each client’s investment portfolio, The Sheppard Group provides unbiased, straightforward guidance, based on exhaustive research. To help ensure that each client’s plan moves in sync with goals, asset allocations are reviewed continuously, rebalancing them based on changes in market conditions, client situations and future ambitions. The team’s rich investment advisory experience, including its own wealth management banker, enables them to craft a comprehensive and fully integrated financial strategy that embraces all aspects of a client’s life.

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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.

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Sheppard Group Investments

Our investment process is simple and transparent. We are always moving forward, always looking ahead. Over the decades of managing risk in the markets we have learned that what worked yesterday may not work today, and what works today may not work tomorrow. Protecting and growing wealth requires more than just the bare minimum understanding of quantitative fundamentals. We believe the best companies are not just financially responsible to their shareholders, but are ethically responsible to their customers, employees, and the communities they affect.

This process reflects the Imagineering approach. We combine the highest-level of technical proficiency along with the creative imagination that comes with decades of building in-house customized investment strategies. The rationale for making any investment choice must always be able to be concisely and simply explained. We don’t chase short-term trends, we look 3, 5, and 10 years into the future using demographics. We have proven that you don’t have to sacrifice a higher alpha (a measure of return) in order to achieve low beta (a measure of risk) or vice-versa. It is through an intimate understanding of economic moats that we can make investment choices that are both poised for growth and downside protection. Investments which prioritize responsible environmental, social, and governance practices are a sign of forward-thinking stewardship.

What binds our entire process together is individuals who are both professionals and enthusiast of the capital markets. We utilize every resource at our disposal. BofA Global Research is comprised of some of the best minds in finance and economics who deliver guidance that is always on the cutting edge. We go far above and beyond just BofA Global Research research. The Sheppard Group investment team puts the Imagineering approach constantly into action. We use that process to place ourselves in the shoes of the shareholder, the customer, the employee, and the competitor. That process gives us a perspective that eliminates as many blind spots as possible. We don’t make an investment unless we feel that investment looks strong from each of those perspectives. By having a team that takes this immersive approach you have a team that truly understands the story behind every investment choice.

The Sheppard Group has never taken a traditional approach to investing, and we don’t intend to.



*BofA Global Research is research produced by BofA Securities, Inc. (“BofAS”) and/or one or more of its affiliates. BofAS is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC, and wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation. Any information presented in connection with BofA Global Research is general in nature and is not intended to provide personal investment advice. The information does not take into account the specific investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs of any specific person who may receive it. Investors should understand that statements regarding future prospects may not be realized.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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Client Digital Capabilities

Step-By-Step Instructions

It is important to us that our clients have step-by-step instructions in order to take full advantage of the tremendous amount of technology available to them. The various instructions listed below are designed to guide our clients in navigating our diverse online platform.

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Our Online Approach

Enjoy convenient, secure account access with MyMerrill®

We’re here to help you pursue your goals — and to make your busy life a little easier. With MyMerrill, you can access your investment accounts how, when and where you want to.

MyMerrill Features includes:

  • Portfolio Summary
  • Holdings
  • Unrealized & Realized Gain/Loss
  • Research & Insights
  • Activity
  • Statements
  • Secure Message Center
  • Real–Time Quotes
  • Money Transfers
  • Available to Withdraw (Cash and Margin)
  • Documents Vault
  • Bill Pay
  • Downloads
  • Watchlists & Alerts
  • e-Signature
  • Pay Merrill and Bank of America Credit Cards
  • Authorized Account Access (3rd Party)
  • My Financial Picture
  • MyMerrill Security Features
  • Document Scanning
  • MyMerrill Mobile App (available on Android, iPad and iPhone mobile devices)


Here are some quick videos to help you understand how it works.
To gain access or to learn more, please contact your financial advisor today!
Any information presented in connection with BofA Global Research is general in nature and is not intended to provide personal investment advice. The information does not take into account the specific investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs of any specific person who may receive it. Investors should understand that statements regarding future prospects may not be realized. BofA Global Research is research produced by BofA Securities, Inc. (“BofAS”) and/or one or more of its affiliates. BofAS is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC, and wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation. BofA Global Research does and seeks to do business with companies covered in its research reports. As a result, investors should be aware that the firm may have a conflict of interest that could affect the objectivity of this report. Investors should consider this report as only a single factor in making their investment decision.

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.

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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.

Jeremy Michael Woods

Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #112818

Joshua Webster

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

Merrill

Nicholas A. Beilfuss

Wealth Strategist

Merrill

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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      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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      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.