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Private Wealth & Global Institutional Consulting Louisville

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We strive to reduce the anxiety for stewards of significant wealth by answering the critical questions that keep them up at night.

About Us

Who We Are

We are among a select group of qualified and credentialed consultants dedicated to providing in-depth knowledge, customized service, and assistance to institutional investors. With our acumen and resources, we help navigate the dynamic financial landscape, seize opportunities, and adapt to market trends. Using a prudent management approach, we can enhance your organization's mission with reliable support where it's needed most.

Approach

We understand that each of our institutional clients face their own set of unique challenges. Our team works proactively to anticipate and address those needs and provide the appropriate counsel from a full spectrum of investment consulting services. We collaborate with the component businesses of Bank of America to help satisfy the complex needs of clients who demand more from their Advisors. The institutions and families we serve benefit from personalized advice, as well as, access to a global enterprise with unparalleled resources and the financial stability to stand behind its fiduciary obligation.

Meet the Team

Our team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Guarding Your Wealth - Protecting Your Assets in a Digital Age

Join us for a conversation with Ben Tweel, Cyber Crime Senior Specialist with Bank of America’s Global Technology. Ben will discuss the various different methods cyber criminals use to try to steal your assets and personal information, as well as the ways we can prevent and reduce fraud risk. Our aim is to educate and empower participants to recognize and avoid falling victim to these scams, ultimately safeguarding their finances and personal information.

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Our Focus

We work with Institutions and Individuals for whom institutional style advice is a priority. Our typical Private Client is a Founder, C Suite Executive or Uniquely Successful multigenerational family. Our typical Institutional Client is a Mission Based organization, Endowment or Pension. Whether an institution or private client, our services and advice are centered on your fiduciary needs.

Recognition

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

Lawrence Joshua Nagel

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Management Teams” 2024
Published on January 12, 2024. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2023.*

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2024
Published on April 3, 2024. Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2023.*

Barron's "Top 100 Institutional Consulting Teams" 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
Published annually in April. Rankings based on data as of December 31 of prior year.

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Management Teams” 2023
Published on January 12, 2023. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2022.*

Scott A Kelly

Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" 2022
Published on April 7, 2022.  Rankings based on data as of June 30, 2021.

Barron's "Top 100 Institutional Consulting Teams" 2022
Published on April 15, 2022. Rankings based on data as of December 31, 2021.

Barron's "Top 100 Institutional Consulting Teams" 2021
Published on April 16, 2021. Rankings based on data as of December 31, 2020.

Solutions for Institutions

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Helping institutions meet their investment needs

We put the resources and intellectual capital of Merrill to work for institutional clients like you by delivering thoughtful advice and sophisticated investment strategies through focused client-centric consulting. We help organizations like yours address today’s complex investment challenges through an integrated, goals-based investment process that enables them to redefine success, manage risk and help fulfill their missions.

Investment Solutions

We provide access to a broad suite of potential investment solutions for non-profit organizations, foundations, endowments and corporate retirement and pension plans. Our level of involvement is based on your preference — from traditional consulting, to client-directed implementation, to full discretionary outsourced CIO services. We work with your CFO, board  of directors and investment committee to develop a tailored investment strategy that is consistent with your culture, goals, preferences and risk profile.

Disciplined Investment Process

We follow a disciplined process that helps to address your organization’s changing needs and provides you with a potentially higher probability of achieving your long-term investment goals.

1

Investment Policy Statement Development and Review

Act as liaison between institutional clients and Merrill's Investment Policy Statement (IPS) service, which creates and modifies an IPS, based on the client’s investment goals and objectives.

2

Strategic Allocation Modeling

Customizable asset allocation based on the Chief Investment Office capital market assumptions.

3

Investment Manager Due Diligence

Recommend investment solutions leveraging Merrill's thorough and rigorous due diligence process.

4

Investment Manager Search and Selection

Advanced portfolio construction techniques combined with client specific objectives and Merrill's capital market guidance.

5

Portfolio Strategy

Leverage Merrill's global intellectual capital including tactical tilts to potentially help increase returns.

6

Performance Measurement

Review, quantify and evaluate performance to identify opportunities to refine the portfolio’s overall strategy, based on the Investment Policy Statement.

Endowments, Foundations and Nonprofits

We understand the issues nonprofits, endowments and foundations address in funding their missions in an ever-changing financial climate. Drawing on the global resources of Bank of America Corporation and its affiliates, we offer insight, guidance and personalized service to help institutions develop and execute investment strategies focused on what matters most to them and the people they serve.

Impact investing and/or Environmental Social Governance (ESG) investing has certain risks based on the fact that ESG criteria excludes securities of certain issuers for nonfinancial reasons and therefore, investors may forgo some market opportunities and the universe of investments available will be smaller.

Defined benefit plans

Whether your defined benefit plan is an active part of your overall benefit offering, is closed to new participants, or fully frozen, Bank of  America's service model allows you to outsource the many administrative tasks associated with the maintenance of a pension plan to fulfill plan obligations and manage risk.

Key services include:
• Investment consulting service
• Open architecture investment management platform
• Liability driven investment implementation
• Actuarial services and discretionary investment management

    Solutions for Individuals

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    Approach

    Our process is designed to help reduce the anxiety for stewards of significant wealth by addressing the asymmetric risk particular to uniquely successful families. The families we serve benefit from personalized advice, as well as, as a full spectrum of investment consulting services that go beyond investing.

    Capabilities

    Years of experience working with clients through multiple market fluctuations have given us insight into how we may best help you pursue your goals. Working collaboratively, we can develop a personalized investment strategy specifically designed to pursue your lifestyle goals, no matter the financial environment. Your objectives, time horizon, liquidity needs, investment style and, perhaps most importantly, your sensitivity to risk will be taken into account. This can help ensure your financial strategy is aligned to what matters most to you.

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    There is no substitute for a one-on-one relationship with a Merrill financial advisor committed to your needs.