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- Trust & Estate Services2
- Education Funding Strategies1
Christopher C. Johnson
Senior Portfolio Advisor
Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Chris has built a successful practice by committing to provide flexible, sophisticated wealth management. He delivers on this by tailoring the investment management and planning strategies to the client's goals, and by combining his deep financial industry knowledge with Merrill Lynch's vast resources. He embraces the opportunity to apply his in-depth knowledge and experience to help clients find comfort and confidence in their financial lives.
He believes one of the most important aspects of his process, is fostering long-term relationships with clients. Those relationships are the foundation of a successful plan, and allow him to truly understand the unique needs and concerns of clients. He acknowledges the trust clients place in him and works diligently to stay abreast of informed, modern perspectives. Another area that he believes is paramount, is maintaining a highly professional and responsive service model.
It is completely normal to have new clients come to him with disjointed wealth that spans multiple accounts, firms, and strategies. He strives to save you the stress, uncertainty, and potential risk that result from disorganized investments, by synchronizing every aspect of your wealth with outcome-driven guidance and planning. He often collaborates with your other professionals as well, such as attorneys and CPAs, to help further streamline your financial life.
In addition, he welcomes the opportunity to help his clients' affluent friends, co-workers, and other family members. He's found that client referrals are the most natural way to grow the practice, and often make for the most successful long-term relationships, as very often their personalities are similar.
A Senior Portfolio Advisor can help clients pursue their objectives by managing on a discretionary basis custom investment strategies, selecting from a wide range of Merrill Lynch model portfolios and third-party investment strategies.
When away from the office, he enjoys spending time golfing, and playing with his beloved 3-year old Australian Shepherd, Moses. He currently resides in Ypsilanti Township with his fiancé Kelli.
A graduate from Eastern Michigan University with a BBA in marketing. He holds a Series 7 and 66 FINRA registrations, and is also licensed in life and health insurance.
His Wealth Management Services Include:
-Customized investment management
-Trust and estate planning strategies
-Education funding strategies
-Credit and lending strategies through Bank of America, N.A.
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.
Eastern Michigan University
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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.
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