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The Halsey Collins Muller Group

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The Halsey Collins Muller Group

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The Halsey Collins Muller Group believes that good client relationships are built through teamwork and client involvement, delivered through our advisors, client associates and access to the global resources of Merrill. Our goal is to be your primary source for financial advice and guidance. We want you to value the dedication and diligence we provide at each step of the wealth management process.
Focusing on Family Wealth Dynamics

The sophisticated financial needs and multigenerational concerns of families with significant wealth require a broad spectrum of wealth management resources. Whether you are a wealth creator or a member of a multigenerational family, we strive to understand your values and family dynamics in addition to your financial vision.

The way clients look at wealth, combined with their current income, unique lifestyle and family aspirations, informs the kind of relationship we have with them. The investment strategy and wealth management strategies we offer are aligned with the distinct personal wants and needs of each client.

Clients look to us as their first point of contact and we enjoy working closely with them to understand their family's goals and needs. We can bring together resources and capabilities from Merrill to address complex issues and help families face their challenges.

Taking a Disciplined Approach to Investing

To create a meaningful legacy for the generations to come requires experience-based vision and top-tier resources. Whether clients are the original wealth creators or the next generation, their goal is to preserve and grow their holdings. The development of an investment strategy designed to generate funds to help clients meet their needs—current and future—is critical.

Our role is to actively listen to you, help to create the roadmap and assemble the resources and your team of trusted advisors who, guided by the family mission, assist you in forming meaningful legacies.

We work closely with investment managers, stay in contact with clients and respond to any significant life events or material changes in their financial situation. Our ability to respond in a timely manner to clients' lives or to movement in the marketplace helps us to guide you in developing an investment strategy that can be sustained over time. To that end, we practice a disciplined approach to investing that is designed to help clients stay the course.

Linking Your Family Mission to Your Investments

Creating the appropriate investment strategy for each client is not just about the numbers. As we work with you to create a family legacy strategy, we help you to prioritize what your family may want to accomplish and to identify what matters most in your life. We talk about philanthropic considerations offered through Bank of America and the need for income generation to provide the funding for specific family goals. This is a highly personal process that ultimately evolves into a customized roadmap linking the family mission to your investment strategy.

Creating the Roadmap
We start by gaining an understanding of all aspects of your financial life. Managing wealth is similar to managing a business. Through a disciplined process that encompasses a holistic approach to strategies and data analysis, we can work with the professionals that are a part of clients' lives to evaluate the complete picture. We evaluate past net cash flows and utilize projections to understand operating, investing, and, through Bank of America, financing aspects of a client's life. We focus on understanding the short- and long-term objectives and utilize our software to evaluate both the current risk exposures of the family and the expected volatility of returns. We seek to educate the next generation of the family to help develop appropriate financial decision making and foster the sustainability of a legacy. We want families to feel that, although they face many financial challenges, our team is here to support them as we help them manage their day-to-day responsibilities and develop wealth management strategies, allowing the family to continue in the pursuit of their own pleasures.

Develop a Strategy
We believe that all aspects of a family's financial life should be involved in the development of a strategy. This step involves understanding the current estate structure, effective tax rates and how to maximize a legacy to the family both during their lifetimes, and to the beneficiaries of their estate. Equally evaluating all assets beyond financial, including social, intellectual, and human, are important when developing the strategy for the family. For owners of privately held businesses, we help develop exit strategies and utilize resources within and outside of the firm to help them as they pursue their financial and personal goals.

With your individual goals in mind, we help to group assets into three main categories: lifetime working assets, wealth surplus and aspirational wealth. By doing so, we can help clients to implement an investment strategy with the appropriate levels of risk to each category and seek to minimize the volatility experienced by each category of wealth.

Due Diligence
We believe access to the top intellectual resources within our firm is a valuable asset for clients, including a dedicated due diligence team, such as Merrill's Investment Management and Guidance (IMG) group. The due diligence carried out by IMG helps the client to understand the current macro environment of the investment world and individual manager strategies implemented within their portfolio.

Customized Service Model
Your life is complex and time is valuable. We believe it is our responsibility to customize a service model that gives clients the freedom and flexibility to focus on their aspirations. We guide you in developing appropriate investment strategies and implementing long-term wealth management strategies, and we offer access to Merrill services, such as bill payment and concierge services, and access to total banking capabilities offered by Bank of America, N.A. Throughout our relationship, we will customize a service model that allows you to take advantage of those services you would value and create a contact management strategy to be most effective in our communications together.

Reviewing Your Progress
Through the initial steps of our team's engagement process, just as a business will model outcomes for future years, our team will help develop barometers of progress for successive years. These barometers may include the development of wealth management strategies, they may include savings objectives, funding objectives and investment return goals. By outlining relationship objectives in this manner, a family is better able to evaluate the contribution of our team to their progress.

Our Commitment to Top-Tier Client Service

We listen to clients. Our long-term success is based on our understanding of the needs, values and concerns of families with significant wealth. Client feedback helps us to discern and offer the information, events and services that are most meaningful to the client experience.

In addition to our scheduled client meetings and ongoing communications, we enjoy interacting with clients throughout the year. This may take the form of developing and updating a financial organizer for the family, attending a charitable event or conducting conference calls with multiple generations of one family. If requested, we can also meet with accountants and attorneys who are part of your family's circle of trusted advisors. We believe it takes a collaborative effort to help clients create a fully integrated and effective wealth management strategy.

Some of our client services include:

Bridging the Generations

Communication is the lynchpin to strong, multigenerational client relationships. In addition to the ongoing interaction we have with clients, we recognize that communication within client families is an integral part of effective wealth management. We encourage clients to conduct family meetings as part of that effort.

Developing Client Educational Forums

In addition to financial education, the Halsey-Collins Group delivers educational programs on select topics of interest including health care expense issues, social security, next generation concerns and lifestyle trends.These programs may be developed for a next generation audience, for a single family, a select group of clients or for all clients and are delivered in multiple formats—e.g., face-to-face seminars or conference calls.

Providing Concierge Services

We are able to leverage the experience of the Merrill concierge service team to help clients plan a trip or special event down to the minutest detail.

  • Transparency, candor and constant feedback from clients on performance, communication, client services and account management are part of the fabric at the Halsey Collins Muller Group.Shawn J. Halsey, CPWA®, CRPC®, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, WEALTH MANAGEMENT ADVISOR


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.

Shawn Halsey

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2018 and 2021

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.

Philip De Orio

Philip De Orio

Wealth Management Banking Specialist


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Satishkumar Peters

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #652334

James Brennan

James Brennan

Trust Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

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.

Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds4
  • Private Foundations4
  • Charitable Trusts4
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
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.


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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.


      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.

      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.

      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.