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BMWT & Associates

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Whatever your personal goals may be, we will work with you to develop a personalized financial approach designed to help you pursue what’s most important to you.

BMWT & Associates

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Our mission is to understand you and what matters most to you. To take the time, to ask hard, smart questions and to listen carefully, then to understand, in great detail, exactly where your wealth stands today, and where you’d like it to be tomorrow. We help you design and implement a customized wealth management approach that helps you and your family pursue your personal financial goals while helping manage investment risk. Our wealth management approach is about using wealth to help turn goals into reality.

A Goals-Based Wealth Management Approach to Your Life

Our dynamic and individualized approach to wealth management is built on personal relationships and shaped by an understanding of your life. Although strategies, tactics and tools are important elements in our process, we believe that effective wealth management should begin with a client-centric, goals-based view of what's important to you—your mission, vision and values. 

During our initial meetings, in addition to gathering pertinent financial data, we focus on other areas of importance including: your family, health, leisure, giving, home and work. Going beyond your investment statements, insurance policies and other financial documents, we seek to capture a clear understanding of who you are, what is important to you and how we can help.  

Regular tailored portfolio reviews provide you with an opportunity to reassess your asset allocation in light of changes in the market or your personal situation. If changes to your portfolio are needed, we will work together to evaluate the risk versus return of each investment recommendation in order to remain within your stated risk tolerance.

ACTIVE COLLABORATION
Working together and maintaining relationships with your attorneys, accountants and other key professionals helps us to clarify the various aspects of your wealth management strategy. We can also access Merrill specialists as needed, in such areas as managed solutions, insurance, and estate and retirement planning services, to gain their insight on your behalf. Furthermore, we can access a variety of Bank of America services, including investment banking, lending and trust services.

INVESTMENT PHILOSOPHY
The foundation of our investment philosophy is to get to know each client individually in order to clearly understand his or her needs, goals and aspirations. We also want to know that their expectations are reasonable given their time horizon, liquidity needs, short- and long-term goals and risk tolerance. Once we have that understanding, we identify investments that are appropriate to help pursue their needs and wants, while considering costs, efficiency and effectiveness.

The goal with all portfolios is to reduce downside volatility without drastically limiting the upside potential. Therefore, we utilize investment managers who are long-term oriented as well as those who are tactically focused. In diversifying investment products and styles, we look for those that can complement one another, and steadily review them to see that they are performing the way we intend. We utilize the strength of BofA Global Research and vetting process along with our own years of experience to identify the strategies that can match each client's outlook.

*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.

Integrated Wealth Management Services and Strategies

We can work together with your outside tax and legal advisers to offer a single point of contact, thoughtful advice and disciplined guidance to address your financial services requirements. This can greatly reduce your need to work with multiple banks, brokers, money managers and other financial service providers. The tailored strategies we offer extend beyond wealth management to a wide range of financial services, helping you prepare for your future with insights you can use to make decisions today.

Retirement planning: We develop strategies for pre-retirees and those already in retirement to help them create an efficient, steady retirement. Utilizing sophisticated Merrill Lynch Wealth Management retirement analytics, we will help you answer questions that could impact your retirement picture, such as: Can I retire? Do I have enough to cover my needs, my dreams and the unexpected? How do today's choices affect others I care about tomorrow? Is there life after work?

Strategies for business: We help corporate executives and entrepreneurs focus on business and personal finances by offering access to a significant range of financial services, including corporate cash management, retirement plan services, business succession, estate planning services, gifting strategies and insurance. We can also access Bank of America lending, corporate and home financing and banking services. If you are contemplating the sale of your business, we can connect you with Bank of America investment bankers.

Institutional clients: We offer a wealth of knowledge and experience helping private and public organizations pursue their mission and fiduciary goals. Working with specialists from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Institutional Consulting, who have deep expertise in these areas, we can offer access to a wide range of customized consulting services to hospitals, religious organizations, colleges and other institutional clients. In addition, we can offer institutional and individual clients with significant assets access to a variety of investment advisory services through Merrill Consulting Services.



*Global Institutional Consulting is part of the Global Wealth & Investment Management business of BofA Corp. Global Institutional Consultants mentioned herein are registered representatives with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (also referred to as “MLPF&S“ or “Merrill”) and may assist you with investment products and services. The nature and degree of advice and assistance provided, the fees charged, and clients’ rights and Merrill’s obligations will differ depending upon the products and services actually provided. Banking activities may be performed by wholly owned banking affiliates of BofA Corp., including Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC. Brokerage and investment advisory services are provided by wholly owned non-bank affiliates of BofA Corp., including Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (also referred to as “MLPF&S” or “Merrill”), a registered broker-dealer and investment adviser and Member SIPC.



 


 

A Multi-Generational Team of Advisors

When making the important decision about choosing a financial advisor, we believe it is important to look beyond today to future generations. The diversity of our team, in our range of ages, helps us relate to multiple generations of client families and understand your vision of the future. We have the ability to serve the many varying financial needs that may occur during your life and the lives of your children and grandchildren. Given our goal to help you preserve, grow and transfer your wealth for future generations, it only makes sense that we would want to build a team that can deliver in the future.

OUR COHESIVE TEAM

Teamwork is intrinsic to our approach for helping clients pursue their financial goals. Our team of talented, caring financial services professionals has extensive experience and diverse capabilities that we draw upon to help address the complex needs of clients. Although you will have a lead relationship manager, we all collaborate and bring our professional backgrounds and experiences to the table to help us apply a broad perspective to the serious business of helping you pursue your financial objectives. We understand and can access the resources necessary to address the different financial needs that can arise at different stages of your life, from raising a family and accumulating wealth to asset preservation and generating a sustainable income throughout retirement.

FOCUSED ON YOUR NEXT GENERATION

We gain the most gratification from building and tending to meaningful relationships with clients and multiple generations of their families. Our goal is to continue to develop lifelong relationships that evolve with your life and the lives of your family members to help secure your family's legacy for generations to come. We regularly facilitate discussions among family members about values and goals, identifying common interests and developing a shared sense of direction.

We can facilitate the transfer of assets from one generation to the next. With your permission, we'll help educate heirs about their future wealth in order to address the concerns and emotions involved in wealth transitions. Our goal is to serve as a bridge to unite multiple generations of family members to discuss activities and issues that are important to you.

  • I am very proud to work with an experienced, multi-generational advisory team with over a century of collective financial services experience.  This provides us the opportunity to service our clients, their children and grandchildren - helping to meet unique needs at every stage of life.Keith R. Bratton, Senior Vice President, Senior Consultant

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.

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

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      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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      Personalized advice from a dedicated financial advisor.

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      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.