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The Gray Group

Wealth Management

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Wealth Management

As a team of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management financial advisors, we offer investment advice and approaches guided by understanding your life’s goals, risk tolerance, time horizon and liquidity needs.

The Gray Group

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A Different Perspective on Wealth Management

The Gray Group built a reputation, we believe, as the "go-to" wealth management advisors in the St. Louis metro area. We advise and guide a select number of high-net-worth families and business professionals.

We understand that clients work hard to build their assets. Usually their accomplishments have contributed directly to the betterment of their country, their community and their local economy. We've found that these clients need thoughtful, highly focused advice and guidance tailored to help them preserve the wealth they've built to support their chosen lifestyle.

Significant wealth is complex and demands constant attention and appropriate strategic responses. As a team, we base our philosophy, process and commitment on dynamic strategy. Through the know-how, talent and experience of our professionals, we're capable of responding to a wide range of client situations and wealth challenges.

Our mission, first and foremost, is to understand you. To take the time to ask hard, smart questions and to listen carefully. To understand, in great detail, exactly where your wealth stands today and where you’d like it to be tomorrow. We then design, implement and help you periodically review a customized wealth management strategy that helps you and your family pursue your personal financial goals without undue sacrifice to your lifestyle or unnecessary investment risk. Our wealth management approach is about using wealth to turn goals into reality. When you succeed, we succeed. 

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Focused Financial Care

We have long worked with affluent individuals and families from numerous backgrounds and professions. Additionally, because of our team's particular strengths and experience, we're adept at helping to bring clear and candid wealth management to aviation professionals, medical and dental practitioners, corporate executives and small-business owners.

We can help military and civilian pilots and aircraft owners map out a "wealth flight plan" so they'll know exactly where their money is, where it could go, and how to keep more of it working.

Medical and dental professionals can rely on us to help give their finances the kind of in-depth attention they deserve. We understand the significant financial complexities of a practice, from debt management to asset preservation — to managing for risk.

Corporate executives often have complex financial needs, and The Gray Group can help position their assets to meet multiple financial priorities — business succession, retirement, tuition or eldercare.

The Gray Group knows firsthand the challenges and responsibilities small-business owners must face every day. Our seasoned professionals — who know well the work and potential rewards of business ownership — can help guide you with insight and perspective.

All that know-how underpins our service to clients. We're adept at addressing the most sophisticated wealth management needs.

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Commitment to Clients

Committed to Dynamic Wealth Management
Our mission is to exceed client expectations through guidance that informs and inspires, and also through outstanding customer service that seeks to deliver what we say we'll do. Our team understands how important your assets are to you. They are the achievement of what you have done today — and the foundation for what you seek to accomplish tomorrow. We believe you'll find that the values, ethics and commitment of our team are closely aligned with those of the people with whom we do business. We offer customized guidance tailored to you and your goals and objectives across all aspects of your financial life. Our objective is to bring you greater ease and efficiency throughout your financial life.

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Committed to Dynamic Wealth Management

Our mission is to exceed client expectations through guidance that informs and inspires, and also through outstanding customer service that seeks to deliver what we say we'll do. Our team understands how important your assets are to you. They are the achievement of what you have done today — and the foundation for what you seek to accomplish tomorrow.

We believe you'll find that the values, ethics and commitment of our team are closely aligned with those of the people with whom we do business. We offer customized guidance tailored to you and your goals and objectives across all aspects of your financial life. Our objective is to bring you greater ease and efficiency throughout your financial life.

  • Our team understands the importance of client assets — they are the achievement of what clients have done today, and the foundation for what clients desire to accomplish tomorrow.Woody Gray

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.

Joseph McCullough

Joseph McCullough

Trust Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

Stephanie J Powell

Stephanie J Powell

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #558876

Quanyce Smith

Quanyce Smith

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

Merrill

Upcoming Events

Investment Strategies in a Rising Interest Rate Environment

Webinar

May 20th, 2021|4:00 PM - 4:45 PM CST

The recent economic and geopolitical news, including vaccination progress, stimulus packages, and governmental spending implications, can all impact the market – but the most significant news to monitor may be the potential for rising bond yields, inflation speculation, and the Federal Reserve’s approach to interest rates. Current messaging indicates unchanging steadiness for the moment... but when and how, though, should an investor plan to address an inevitable future of rising interest rates? 

Join The Gray Group, in partnership with AllianceBernstein, in a discussion covering Investment Strategies in a Rising Interest Rate Environment. Our panel of experienced speakers will discuss these and other factors to consider for your overall portfolio.

Register now! Click HERE to register for your "virtual" WebEx attendance!


*Asset allocation does not ensure a profit nor protect against loss in declining markets

    Past Events

    A Financial Markets Update (2Q21)

    Webinar

    April 5th, 2021|4:00 PM - 4:30 PM CST

    After an active first quarter, 2021 continues to look like a year of transition of positive momentum for the economy, the markets, and society at large. With positive news on vaccines, uncertainty is giving way to some clarity. But will the road be bumpy? 

    Join The Gray Group at Merrill and our webinar of A Financial Markets Update, with insights and on how best to navigate:

    • Factors that impact investments, including recent news about the economy, geopolitical dynamics, and acts from congress
    • Strategies for core asset classes allocations that comprise many investor portfolios
    • How we can work together to implement our best thinking in support of pursing your goals

    If you were unable to attend this webinar, please contact us for additional information! 


    *Asset allocation does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.

      Healthcare Costs in Retirement

      Webinar

      March 18th, 2021|4:00 PM - 4:30 PM CST

      Like many people, you've worked hard over the years to build your wealth for a more secure future. But have you considered the effect healthcare costs could have on your savings? Properly preparing for these costs, both those expected and unexpected, can help improve the likelihood your assets and retirement lifestyle can last a lifetime and beyond. 

      Join The Gray Group at Merrill and our webinar presentation Protecting your Wealth from Healthcare Costs in Retirement, where we'll provide guidance on:

      • Estimating your annual healthcare costs in retirement
      • How to protect against the costs of a significant health event that may require long-term care
      • Integrate your healthcare costs into your overall retirement strategy

      If you were unable to attend this webinar, please contact us for additional information! 


      Merrill, its affiliates, and financial advisors do not provide legal nor tax advice. You should consult your legal and/or tax advisor before making any financial decisions.

        Social Security and You

        Webinar

        February 18th, 2021|4:00 PM - 4:30 PM CST

        You've paid into the system for years and now it's your turn to reap the rewards of your hard work; however, there are many rules governing when and how you can receive these funds. The decision should be based on many things - including your current health, family history of longevity, marital status, and the ages of you and your spouse. 

        The Gray Group at Merrill will host a webinar presentation Social Security and You - we'll discuss strategies to help navigate this topic together, and explore potential steps for maximizing your benefits, with discussion around:

        • Who is eligible for Social Security
        • What factors should be considered before starting
        • When is the most appropriate time to begin your benefits
        If you were unable to attend this webinar, please contact us for additional information on this topic!


        Merrill, its affiliates, and financial advisors do not provide legal nor tax advice. You should consult your legal and/or tax advisor before making any financial decisions.

          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.

          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
          FAMILY
          Taking care of your family and other people in your life
          • Trust & Estate Planning Services4
          • Education Funding1
          • Insurance3

          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 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.

              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.