Taking care of your family and other people in your life
- Trust & Estate Services2
- Education Funding Strategies1
7545 ASHWORTH RD
WEST DES MOINES, IA 50266
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Since launching my financial services career at Merrill in 1981, I’ve served the financial needs of a high-net-worth clientele, many who’ve been with me for more than 20 years – business owners (working and retired), physicians, attorneys, widows and widowers, and, now, multiple generations of families.
Today, The Blake Group continues to deliver a holistic, goals-based wealth management approach to clients coast-to-coast. We work tirelessly to incorporate clients’ motivations and aspirations into their long-term financial strategies. One thing I’ve learned is that the deep client relationships we forge are at the core of most positive financial outcomes. That’s why we work as a team with specialists at the Firm, and especially, with clients, who play key roles. Their input is critical to us creating tailored short- and long-term plans that can span generations and help meet their goals, not industry benchmarks.
I hold a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®) designation and feel privileged to help preserve the wealth and lifestyles that clients have worked hard to achieve. I’m also approved as a Portfolio Advisor within the Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Investment Advisory Program for specially qualified Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Financial Advisors. As a Portfolio Advisor, in addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, I can help clients pursue their investment objectives by recommending individual, or any combination of, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management or approved third- party investment managers’ strategies, funds or portfolios. With most clients looking toward a comfortable retirement, we typically build tax-sensitive and risk-sensitive portfolios that can weather market volatility, generate a steady income, and provide a fair rate of return. These portfolios often include large-cap equities with dividends that have increased over time, bonds, mutual funds and ETFs.
At The Blake Group, we recognize that clients can benefit most when they understand our strategies and tactics. That’s why we’re diligent in understanding them, educating them, and keeping them updated on progress. What we do is as much about transparency and trust – as it is about money.
*Merrill, its affiliates, and financial advisors do not provide legal, tax, or accounting advice. You should consult your legal and/or tax advisors before making any financial decisions.
I follow the deep-seated Merrill tradition of participating in the communities we serve. This drives my interest in spending time volunteering with organizations in our community.
University of Iowa
Personalized advice, disciplined investing and ongoing review can make this a reality.
Supported by the global resources of Merrill, my team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.
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.
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.
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.
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Your life and goals change. We can help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial strategy.
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Helping you reach your goals starts with getting to know you personally. Through understanding what matters most to you, I can help you create a financial strategy that reflects your personality. Only then can I 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.
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.
Getting to know you is our primary goal.
Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.
We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.