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At The Klein Group, we strive to create meaningful “client experiences” that extend well beyond what you may expect from a financial advisory team.

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The Klein Group

The Klein Group Welcome

At The Klein Group, we strive to create meaningful “client experiences” that extend well beyond what you may expect from a financial advisory team. 

To help you move smoothly from Point A to Point B, we invest our time to understand who you are, what keeps you up at night, and what gets you up the next morning. Each of us wants to know what holds meaning to you – financially, professionally and personally. 

By listening more than talking and providing our undivided attention, we can craft thoughtful, highly personalized strategies to help simplify your complex challenges, complement the efforts of your CPA and attorney, and bring clarity to your life’s most significant transitions – whether you’re nearing retirement, recently divorced or widowed, welcoming a child back home after college, beginning a second marriage, or launching a new venture. 

A hallmark of our approach is caring for your “wealth and wellness.” We are also passionate about educating you – and ourselves. In fact, several team members have pursued rigorous industry training and hold the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP®) certification – helping us employ “best practices” and helping you plan and prepare for likely (and unlikely) circumstances. Our commitment to you is ongoing. Together, we look forward to strengthening your financial security and making you comfortable with the road ahead.



*Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP® in the U.S.

 

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.

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.

Focus On Individuals and Families

We can offer advice and guidance designed to assist you in making 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’ll 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

 

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 give you a sense of the full assessment and 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.

Recognition

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

Benjamin M Klein

Forbes’ “America’s Top 250 Wealth Advisors” in  2017 and 2019

Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020
Years prior to 2014, this Barron's list consisted of 1,000 advisors.

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2018, 2019, and 2020

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.

Magdalena Sobczyk

Magdalena Sobczyk

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

Merrill Lynch

Allen Reece

Allen Reece

Trust Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

Anu Patel

Anu Patel

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #652572

Upcoming Events

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July 8th, 2020|3:00 PM CDT

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        Past Events

        Coronavirus Market Update Conference Call

        June 10th, 2020|3:00 PM CDT

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          June 24th, 2020|3:00 PM CDT

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            Your Financial Approach

            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.

            FAMILY
            Taking care of your family and other people in your life
            • Trust & Estate Planning Services4
            • Education Funding1
            • Insurance3
            HEALTH
            Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
            • Long-term Care Insurance3
            • Health Savings Account2
            • Disability Insurance3
            HOME
            Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
            • Home Loans2
            • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
            • Securities-Based Lending2
            • Credit Cards2
            WORK
            Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
            • Bank of America Business Banking2
            • Exchange Funds1
            • Concentrated Stock Management1
            • Succession Planning1
            LEISURE
            Spending your free time in meaningful ways
            • Credit Cards2
            • Securities-Based Lending2
            • Structured Lending2
            GIVING
            Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
            • Donor-Advised Funds4
            • Private Foundations4
            • Charitable Trusts4
            FINANCE
            Using your finances to bring it all together
            • Merrill 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

            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.

            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 approach, our goal is to help you stay on track to achieve what's most important to you.


            Periodic 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.


              Monitoring 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.

              Wealth Management Your Way

              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.

                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.