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We take the time to listen and learn about the needs and goals of your institution and the people it serves – it’s these real-world insights that guide our strategies and personalized service.
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July 6th : Guidelines to Boost Your Retirement
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August 3rd: Yesterday VS Today & How to Adapt
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September 7th: Top IRA Planning Mistakes
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November 2nd: Cyber Security & You
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December 14th: Trust the Process! We've been here before
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Wealth Planning Questionnaire (click to view)
Retirement Income Planning Worksheet (click to view)
GRAT Employee Wellness Program Questionnaire (click to view)
Our mission is to be a GPS for individuals, families and corporations and guide them to their financial destination. With our diverse age base and focus on retirement & individual planning, we feel that our team can be your one-stop shop for generational wealth creation and transfer. No matter what your value on paper is, you are always treated as one of us.
Our team is made up of two advisors with a 30 year age spread and three supporting associates. We are unique in the fact that every teammate helps every client. Our goal is to find the best way to treat your money by starting with a plan, executing on the service as well as investment side, and to continually be a resource.
Our saying is "Our clients are our family, and your financial plan will not out live our team."
MyMerrill Security - Video
MyMerrill Overview - Video
MyMerrill Mobile App - Video
MyMerrill Mobile Enrollment - Video
My Financial Picture - Video
Merrill Bank of America Integration - Video
Mobile & E-signature - Video
Send Documents to Your Advisor - Video
Digital Welcome Kit - PDF
Five 401(k) Options - PDF
401(k) Participant Vendors - PDF
The Gelb Retirement & Advisory Team draws on our own extensive professional experience and the deep resources of Merrill to help clients tailor retirement benefit plans to their organization’s unique requirements and manage their plans as needs evolve. We offer guidance to sponsors of 401(k) and 403(b) plans, as well as non-qualified defined contribution plans and supplemental executive and equity benefit plans.
We offer a broad range of services for plan sponsors—from guidance on designing a new retirement benefit plan or converting an existing one, to selecting or changing a plan provider, to monitoring plan performance, updating investment menus and educating plan participants. Our extensive knowledge of the retirement industry, including multiple plan providers and platforms, helps us guide sponsors in designing plans appropriate for their organization’s size, demographics, budget and other needs.
We can help sponsors address the multiple facets of plan design, including:
Needs assessment: We evaluate business requirements, employee demographics and other factors to help sponsors think through what they want their retirement plan to achieve.
Legacy Planning Brochure
We focus on working with affluent individuals and families to address wealth management needs that extend beyond retirement income planning. We often assist these clients with financial strategies designed to preserve their wealth and pass it on to future generations, or to leave a charitable legacy. If clients request it, we will work with their CPAs, tax attorneys, estate planning attorneys and other professional advisors to help implement wealth management strategies. Our team also serves as a bridge to the broad and deep resources of Merrill for clients with particular wealth management needs.
Gathering detailed financial and demographic information is critical to developing a successful goals-based investment approach. My Financial Picture is a Merrill technology tool designed to help clients consolidate investment information, transactions and expenses in a single place and track financial progress. Clients can choose to enroll themselves in this program.
Our goal is to deliver customized service that meets and even surpasses client expectations. Every member of our experienced team strives to be easily accessible and readily responsive to client service requests.
Our team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.
Gelb Retirement & Advisory Team, when appropriate, works with other advisors and teams for specific clients’ situations.
GRAT Employee Wellness Program - Questionnaire
Fiduciary Fundamentals - Brochure
Lifestyle Spending Accounts - Flyer
Better Money Habits - Videos & Articles
Employer Toolkit: Health & Benefits - Resources
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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.
Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Management Teams” 2023
Published on January 12, 2023. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2022.*
Financial Times "401 Top Retirement Advisers" in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020
Published annually May - Oct. Rankings based on data as of Dec 31 of prior year.
Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" in 2018-2023
Published annually Jan- April. Rankings based on data as of June 30 of prior year.
The retirement and financial needs of your employees, as well as the responsibility those needs create for you as an employer, are important to you. We offer the solutions your employees may need to help pursue their financial goals and maintain financial wellness. Our array of resources and experience is designed to help meet your employees’ financial needs in ways that make sense for your company — strategically, operationally and financially. You and your employees will have a team of experienced and passionate advocates for financial wellness on your side. Our team will make your priorities their own so you can focus more on your business.
Your role as a plan sponsor is more challenging than ever, and it’s not something to face alone. We bring the resources and thought leadership from Bank of America Corporation and its affiliates to bear in helping you provide a strong, healthy and fully compliant program that runs smoothly, engages your employees and makes your job easier. We can help you focus on the areas that may be helpful to plan success, including Fiduciary Advisory Services 1 and Education and Plan Services 2 appropriate for your plan.
1 Fiduciary Advisory Services is an investment advisory program sponsored by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (also referred to as “MLPF&S” or “Merrill”). Merrill offers a broad range of brokerage, investment advisory and other services. There are important differences between brokerage and investment advisory services, including the type of advice and assistance provided, the fees charged, and the rights and obligations of the parties. It is important to understand the differences, particularly when determining which service or services to select. Please refer to the Fiduciary Advisory Services Brochure for information on the program including a description of the series and related fees.
2 Education and Plan Services are non-fiduciary services required for Advisor Alliance clients and optional for MLII clients.
3 IPS service is not available for FAS Discretionary. The plan sponsor is responsible for the approval and final adoption of the IPS.
All our efforts revolve around helping your employees pursue their goals. With Bank of America Corporation’s long legacy of service excellence, we take a holistic approach to helping your employees connect their life priorities and financial priorities—in and beyond their benefit plans. By broadening our view to include an employee’s entire financial picture, both in and out of plan, we believe we can help your employees better manage and gain control of their finances.
Personal Retirement Strategy is an online investment advisory program sponsored by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. (“MLPF&S” or “Merrill”) that uses a probabilistic approach to determine the likelihood that participants in the program will accumulate sufficient total assets to achieve their annual retirement income goal. The recommendations provided by Personal Retirement Strategy may include a higher level of investment risk than a participant may be personally comfortable with. Participants are strongly advised to consider their personal goals, overall risk tolerance and retirement horizon before accepting any recommendations made by Personal Retirement Strategy. Participants should carefully review the explanation of the methodology used, including key assumptions and limitations, as well as a description of services and related fees, which is provided in the Personal Retirement Strategy Brochure (ADV Part 2A). It can be obtained through Benefits OnLine or through the Retirement Benefits Contact Center.
Advice Access is an online investment advisory program sponsored by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. (“MLPF&S” or “Merrill”) that uses a probabilistic approach to determine the likelihood that participants in the program may be able to achieve their specified annual retirement income goal and/or to identify a potential wealth outcome that could be realized. The recommendations provided by Advice Access may include a higher level of investment risk than a participant may be personally comfortable with. Participants are strongly advised to consider their personal goals, overall risk tolerance, and retirement horizon before accepting any recommendations made by Advice Access. Participants should carefully review the explanation of the methodology used, including key assumptions and limitations as well as a description of services and related fees, which is provided in the Advice Access disclosure document (ADV Part 2A). It can be obtained through Benefits OnLine or through the Retirement Benefits Contact Center.
Merrill offers a broad range of brokerage, investment advisory and other services. There are important differences between brokerage and investment advisory services, including the type of advice and assistance provided, the fees charged, and the rights and obligations of the parties. It is important to understand the differences, particularly when determining which service or services to select.
IMPORTANT: The projections or other information shown in the Advice Access program regarding the likelihood of various investment outcomes are hypothetical in nature, do not reflect actual investment results and are not guarantees of future results. Results may vary with each use and over time.
Beyond our experience, we offer access to the deep intellectual capital and broad capabilities of Bank of America Corporation and its affiliates. If we identify a need we can’t service ourselves, we can connect you with the people and resources to help you. Through our network of advisors, we strive to deliver strategies to help you manage the day-to-day and long-term responsibilities required in pursuing your institution’s goals. As we work together to address your evolving needs, we can help make the broad capabilities of Bank of America Corporation feel more accessible.
Wealth Management is a dynamic process. As we focus on you today and help you identify your goals for tomorrow, we can strive to work together throughout life’s ups, downs, triumphs, and transitions. Helping you pursue your goals starts with getting to know you, your family and developing a plan. Our job is to understand what matters most to you. We will work together to create a financial strategy that reflects your investment personality and is built around your life priorities. We will be here to help you make adjustments to your plan if and when necessary over time.
Merrill’s process is designed to help deliver a customized, comprehensive experience to assist you not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond investments. Providing you with access to the investment insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, and the banking and lending solutions of Bank of America offers a way to help you manage all of the pieces of your financial life. Working one-on-one with a Merrill advisor means you have a single point of contact to help you with potential strategies for transferring wealth to the younger generation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
No two people are alike. Consequently, there is no single approach to wealth management that is appropriate for everyone. What matters most to you is what matters most to us. Once we get to know you, your priorities, your goals, risk tolerance, time horizons, liquidity needs and what you want to accomplish over time, only then can the team help you position yourself to identify and address financial challenges and potential opportunities. To that end, we thoughtfully employ our experience and resources to help guide you as you pursue your goals.