Hammond, Drake, Bush & Associates

Merrill Lynch

Hammond, Drake, Bush & Associates

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Merrill Lynch
Wealth Management
"Our team's philosophy, approach and commitment to service build on the pioneering legacy of Charles Merrill. It is a privilege to service clients and we remind ourselves of that principle in our work every day."
John L. Hammond III, CAIA, CFP®, CIMA®
Managing Director
Wealth Management Advisor
Senior Portfolio Advisor

Hammond, Drake, Bush & Associates

Experienced Wealth Management Offered By People Who Care

What do we believe sets Hammond, Drake, Bush & Associates apart from other wealth management teams? Consider the caliber of our team—our three financial advisors have extensive experience in developing financial, investing and wealth transfer strategies with families with substantial wealth. We understand complex portfolios, concentrated stock, equity compensation, business partnerships, family trusts and inherited wealth. In fact, whatever your financial outlook, chances are we've helped clients in similar situations.

As you look for a team to help you manage your wealth, please consider the service we offer people like you. Through our experience, we find that we fit a certain kind of client, and we may be just the team to help you and your family on your financial journey.

Our financial advisors are supported by three client associates hand-picked for their talent and service acumen. Everyone on our team seeks to offer you an exceptional client service experience. We want our team to be the people you call first in a moment of need or decision making.

Utilizing Goals-Based Wealth Management

In helping you manage your wealth, we strive to analyze the many aspects of your financial world: your sources of income, expenses, present portfolios, insurance, retirement and tax-deferred assets. From there, we want to have conversations about your goals—what you'd like to pursue personally and professionally, in the short and long term. Our aim is to use this learning to help you develop customized strategies for handling your assets now and smartly targeting your future objectives. From experience, we know that if we can help the various components of your financial life function more smoothly, in a coordinated fashion, then we can help you move steadily toward your goals. In particular, moving wealth among family members demands insightful management perspectives and distinct skills.

While it's important for us to help you grow and preserve your wealth, it's just as important for us to understand where you want it to take you. We do this by keeping up with the events of your life and how these events are affecting the things you value most. We also sit down with you to map out the known milestones and real-world concerns that can affect your family and finances in the coming months and years.

Investing and Allocation Strategies That Fit With Your Outlook

At Hammond, Drake, Bush & Associates, we approach investing by evaluating your present financial outlook and considering various investing pathways that make sense for your goals. Most clients have multiple objectives throughout their lives, so we help you structure the allocation of your investments into distinct components targeting these goals. Broadly categorized, these components are usually focused on the chronology of your financial journey.

Our team uses a disciplined process to evaluate your present portfolio and recommend changes and future allocations.

Start with "Why?"

Clients often have multiple portfolios built up over many years and may have holdings that no longer fit in their present outlook. Our challenge is to look at each security, ask, "Why is this asset in the portfolio? What purpose does it serve? How will it affect and mesh with the new investment structure we recommend?" Then we help you answer those questions with strategy.

Seek Opportunity

Whether we help you manage all or a portion of your wealth, we engage in highly detailed investment analysis to identify key opportunities, optimal timetables and responses to various market and economic factors. We also use highly sophisticated asset allocation models that consider an extensive range of investment options in seeking to help you pursue your goals.

Understand Risk

Investment risk is just one component of your portfolio. There may be risks associated with taxes, interest rates, currency fluctuations, opportunity costs and other exposures. We seek to understand your tolerance for risk and make clear the proper places for and level of risk in your portfolio.

Advice and Guidance Designed Especially For Affluent Families

Hammond, Drake, Bush & Associates is privileged to help manage wealth with families throughout Chicago and in other areas across the country. In these families, hard work and enterprise continue with each generation. Over the decades, they've been smart about accumulating wealth, and can call on us for experienced advice and guidance to help them preserve it. We know these people—they are our friends, our neighbors, the people who use their resources to build and uphold communities in any number of quiet ways.

We care about the same things they do, and we use our experience and skills to help clients develop financial strategies customized for them.

Affluent families have needs that go beyond ordinary. From where they live, to where they learn, to how they plan their lives, they operate at a different level. We strive to deliver the exceptional skill, focus and responsiveness clients demand and deserve.

  • While you might interact mainly with one advisor, you can expect the insight and strength of our entire team to support your wealth management efforts.Susan A. Bush, First Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor


Merrill is proud of our advisors who’ve received recognition from industry publications. We believe they are setting the standard for exemplary client service.

John L. (Jack) Hammond III

Barron’s 2018 “America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State-by-State”

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On Wall Street –“Top 40 Under 40”  2014 and 2015.

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.

Shaila Sweders

Shaila Sweders

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

Your Financial Strategy

We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill, as well as banking, trust and fiduciary services from 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.

Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Services2
  • Education Funding Strategies1
  • Insurance3
Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds2
  • Private Foundations2
  • Charitable Trusts2
Using your finances to bring it all together
  • Merrill Lynch Investment Accounts1
  • Investment Advisory Accounts1
  • Alternative Investments1
  • Exchange-Traded Funds1
  • Mutual Funds1
  • Closed-end Funds1
  • Fixed Income Products1
  • Options1
  • Annuities3
  • Impact Portfolios1
  • Market-Linked Investments1
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Margin1
  • Home Loans2
  • Bank of America Checking and Savings Accounts2
  • Credit Cards2
  • Online Account Access1,2

1Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
2Banking products are offered by Bank of America, N.A.
3Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.

Staying on Track

We understand that both your life and the financial markets can change over time. By periodically checking in to discuss changes in your life and revisiting your financial strategy, our goal is to help you stay on track to achieve what's most important to you.

<br />Regular reviews to help you stay<br />on track

Regular reviews to help you stay
on track

We'll meet with you periodically to review your goals and the progress you’ve made toward reaching them. We'll also discuss any adjustments needed to your financial strategy to help you stay on course.

    <br />Monitoring changes in your life<br />and to your goals

    Monitoring changes in your life
    and to your goals

    Your life and goals change. We can help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial strategy.

    Wealth Management Your Way

    MyMerrill is your online and mobile destination for access to your financial information, secure communications, and a robust offering of tools and capabilities

    It’s easy to seamlessly integrate your Merrill Wealth Management and Bank of America banking accounts online and through our mobile apps with a single click

    You can manage account security with our customizable security capabilities such as Face ID/Touch ID, one time passcode and other security features

    Your advisor is a click away through our Secure Inbox and texting application

    Access to your complete financial life is available with Spending & Budgeting, integrating your Merrill and Bank of America activity into a powerful tool to track your expenses and income

      Let’s Have a Conversation

      Helping you reach your goals starts with getting to know you personally. Through understanding what matters most to you, we can help you create a financial strategy that reflects your personality. Only then can we offer an approach that is built around your life priorities and the ongoing advice you need to help you manage fluctuations in the market and changes in your life. Let’s work together to help you achieve your goals.

      Why Merrill Lynch?

      As Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors, we will sort through the financial complexities of your life, helping you build a customized investment strategy to 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.

      Personalized advice from a dedicated financial advisor.

      Getting to know you is our primary goal.

      A comprehensive approach, built around your life’s priorities.

      Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.

      Adjusting your plan as your life and the markets change.

      We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.