Taking care of your family and other people in your life
- Trust & Estate Planning Services4
- Education Funding1
Atealem Ford provides personalized investment advice for individuals, families, non-profit and for-profit organizations and businesses.
Atealem Ford holds an undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) Degree from the University of Maryland – UC for which she earned a 4.0 GPA. She was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society which recognizes graduate students who rank in the top 10% of their class.
As a financial advisor, Atealem’s primary focus is to ensure that every client’s financial life is enhanced. She seeks to make the financial lives of others better by placing an emphasis on goals-based advice and investing, tax-effective strategies, mitigating risk and employing a long-term approach to success. She aims to reduce financial stress in the lives of her clients by ensuring that they are well-informed, that they receive the highest level of care and attention and that they are connected to timely resources. In addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, as a Portfolio Advisor, Atealem helps clients pursue their investment objectives by recommending individual or any combination of Merrill approved third-party investment managers’ strategies, funds or portfolios. Atealem holds the Series 7 FINRA Registration and the Series 66 Registration and is a registered agent for Life, Health and Long Term Care. In addition, Atealem is registered under the National Mortgage Licensing System in order to assist her clients with mortgage and lending needs.
Atealem has traveled extensively throughout the world and enjoys learning about different cultures. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, football games, reading about the markets but most of all, she enjoys spending time with her family – her husband and two teenage children.
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.
Seattle Pacific University
University of Maryland UC
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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.
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