Eliot M. Shatzman



Since the start of his career on Wall Street in 1984, Eliot Shatzman has been advising senior corporate executives, business owners, doctors and retirees on their investment, retirement income and estate planning needs. Eliot believes his strong work ethic, along with his dedication to clients, has earned him the ongoing respect of both clients and peers.

Eliot’s process is focused on one theme: Simplifying the financial life of clients.  Whether helping them accumulate wealth during their working years or establishing lifetime income plans at retirement, Eliot works with clients to help solve their needs through each stage of their financial lifecycle. His process is goals based, understanding the needs of clients and presenting powerful strategies.

Prior to relocating back to the Washington, D.C. area in 1992, Eliot was employed by Bankers Trust Company in New York City, where he was responsible for managing the Brokerage Services division, providing investment services to high-net-worth investors around the globe. His experience includes institutional investing and trading for Fortune 500 corporations, mutual funds, public pension funds and institutional investment advisors. While at Bankers Trust Company, Eliot enjoyed the rare opportunity and experience of working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Eliot is well qualified to advise clients, bringing to them the kind of in-depth industry knowledge that can only come from over 34 years of financial industry experience, through the good and the bad, and the ups and the downs of the economy. Based on his broad range of experience and the depth of services available to him from Merrill, Eliot has the skills and resources necessary to provide clients with the mix of services needed to help them achieve their financial goals.

Eliot's charitable ambitions keep him involved in the civic community. Eliot is an active member on the Board of Trustees for Capitol Technology University. He has previously served with the American Heart Association, Jewish Social Service Agency and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

A devoted father to his teenage twins, when not in the office, Eliot can usually be found in the country music scene following his passion for music, where he is an active member of the Country Music Association, helping artists follow their dreams.





    University of Maryland

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Where do we begin? It starts with you.

At Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, your financial advisor focuses on the things you care about most- family, goals and priorities - even as they change over the years.

Understanding Your Life


My practice is focused on one theme: Simplifying the financial life of clients. I strive to accomplish this through my focused approach to understanding client needs and providing powerful strategies designed to help clients pursue their financial goals. Whether it is accumulating wealth during their working years or establishing lifetime income plans for retirement, I work with clients to help solve their needs at each stage of their financial life. Whatever your personal goals may be, we will work together to develop a customized financial strategy designed to help you pursue what is most important to you.

An Interview with Eliot M. Shatzman


Question 1:  Eliot, you mention the theme to your practice is “Simplify your financial life – for the investor who values advice”.  Is there a story behind that?

Answer:  There certainly is.  I have found that clients I work with typically want a few simple things in life.  They want to educate their children, retire comfortably, and pass along their estate as efficiently as possible.  I help them do that.  Most clients don't want to constantly monitor the financial markets.  That's my job.  I simplify clients financial lives by taking a proactive and focused approach to understanding their needs and providing strategies.  Imagine driving your car focusing on the hood ornament and not down the road ahead of you.  If you’re focusing on the hood ornament, you'll very likely crash your car.  It's the same with investing to pursue your goals.  If you watch the stock market, your account value or CNBC every day, you can lose sight of the bigger picture: the road ahead.  What happens in the news today will probably not affect your retirement.  I keep clients focused on the road ahead of them. They understand the value of advice.

Question 2:
You've been very successful at helping people reach their goals.  To what would you attribute your success?

Answer:  I attribute my success a few things.  The first is my passion for my job.  I believe to be successful at anything you have to be passionate, enthusiastic and committed.  I also attribute my success to helping clients develop realistic expectations.  Having realistic expectations is essential for avoiding disappointment and discouragement.  Keeping clients focused on long-term goals rather than chasing high returns with high risk is a key factor. 

Question 3:
  Share with me who your typical clients are?

Answer:  My clients are successful senior corporate executives, doctors, business owners and other professionals who have achieved a level of expertise and status in their own profession.  They understand the benefit and value of advice.

Question 4:
  Do you focus more on personal issues or business issues for your clients?

Answer:  I focus equally on both.  Many times I am brought in by a client to handle the investment needs of their company or organization.  They then turn to me to advise them on their personal affairs.  Similarly, the opposite can happen where I am working with someone on a personal level, and I am asked to advise on their business needs.

Question 5:
What investment strategy or philosophy do you follow?

Answer:   That is a good question and one that must be considered by any client in deciding who the right advisor is for them.  My investment philosophy is simple.  I emphasize a very basic, conservative approach, owning high quality investments with proven track records of positive performance.  I do not speculate.

Question 6: 
What about discount brokers and no-load mutual funds?  Don't they provide the same things you provide at a fraction of the cost?

Answer:  I provide a very different service from them.  Discount brokers and no-load mutual fund companies are transaction oriented.  They simply buy and sell investments based on your instructions.
My product is advice. My practice is focused solely on helping clients achieve financial security.  My clients are focused on value, not simply price.

Question 7:
  It's obvious that you are dedicated to helping solve your client’s financial concerns.  How are you compensated for that?

Answer: There are two ways that I'm compensated for my advice.  In most cases, I charge a fee based on the amount of assets that a client has placed with me.   There are situations where commissions are the preferred method.  Both methods have their advantages and I will gladly discuss which method works best based on specific situations. 

Question 8:
  Finally, is there one word or phrase that sums up the way you do business versus the way other Financial Advisors are doing business?

Answer:  Yes there is.  Caring for my clients.  I don't believe there are many Financial Advisors who truly care for their clients like I do.  I succeed when my clients succeed.  I never lose sight of that fact.  I always try to place myself in my clients’ shoes so I can understand their perspective.  I treat each client as if they were my only client.  Earning the confidence of people who seek my investment advice is both my goal and my personal reward.


We live in a world that's constantly changing. Markets can fluctuate frequently. Potential investment opportunities can arise daily. Regulations are amended. That's why I believe that you and your situation are the best starting points from which to help plan your financial future: where you are today, where you want to be tomorrow, and what you want to accomplish along the way. Because by understanding you and your priorities, I can more effectively offer my experience and resources and help you build a financial framework that is rooted in the unique complexities of your life.

Your Financial Strategy

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.

Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Services2
  • Education Funding Strategies1
  • Insurance3
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
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds2
  • Private Foundations2
  • Charitable Trusts2
Using your finances to bring it all together
  • Merrill Lynch 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

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.

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 strategy, our goal is to help you stay on track to achieve what's most important to you.

Regular reviews to help you stay on track
Regular reviews to help you stay on track

We'll meet with you periodically to review your goals and the progress you’ve made toward reaching them. We'll also discuss any adjustments needed to your financial strategy to help you stay on course.

    Monitoring changes in your life and to your goals
    Monitoring changes in your life and to your goals

    Your life and goals change. We can help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial strategy.

    Access to what you need, when you need it

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      *Peace of mind is an aspirational state of mind that clients hope to achieve. There are no guaranteed results following completion of the Goals-Based Wealth Management process because markets can fluctuate and investments can lose value. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors work with clients to help them understand how the goals based wealth management process can help to address their concerns, financial situation and priorities.

      Let’s Have a Conversation

      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.

      Why Merrill Lynch?

      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.
      Learn more about the dedicated one-on-one relationship you can have with a Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor.

      Personalized advice from a dedicated financial advisor.

      Getting to know you is our primary goal.

      A comprehensive approach, built around your life’s priorities.

      Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.

      Adjusting your plan as your life and the markets change.

      We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.