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The Broughton Group

Wealth Management

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Wealth Management

Whatever your personal goals may be, we will work with you to develop a personalized financial approach designed to help you pursue what’s most important to you.

The Broughton Group

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Full-service, personalized wealth management. So you can focus on what’s most important in your life.


By combining a personalized atmosphere with the vast resources of a global financial services company, the Broughton Group is positioned to help you pursue your most important financial objectives for the meaningful life you desire.

As a client, you should expect to be treated like family. That’s why we tailor wealth strategies to your individual needs. With our diligent goals-discovery process, deep knowledge of financial markets and rigorous investment strategies, we can address a range of family circumstances and financial goals. And our relationship with Merrill provides access to broad service offerings and deep pools of talent that can help us enhance your experience with us.

By focusing on a select group of individuals, families and businesses, we’re better able to support our singular focus: Putting clients’ interests first.

Putting a knowledgeable team and disciplined approach on your side

Our multidisciplinary financial team has a deep and diverse set of complementary skills. Together, these capabilities can help you address your most important financial concerns—including portfolio management, retirement planning, and access to charitable giving and wealth transfer through Bank of America.

To help you evaluate your unique circumstances, we follow a three-stage wealth management process. The process starts when you first come to the Broughton Group, and continues throughout the course of our relationship.

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Stage 1. Discover
To help you understand where your values and goals intersect with your financial strategy, we start by examining seven life priorities:

• Family • Home • Work • Leisure • Health • Finances • Giving

After discussing your goals in each of these areas, we use the Merrill Investment Personality Assessment (IPA) to help determine your mindset toward risk and your preferred investment approach.

Stage 2. Advise
Once we thoroughly understand the complexities and uniqueness of your situation, we use Merrill’s Wealth Outlook® process to help you develop a financial strategy. We also align that strategy with our team’s proprietary investment portfolios, which are specially designed to help address the long and short-term needs of clients with varying investing personalities. (For more on our active investment approach, see the “Investing” section of this site.)
We can provide access to banking services through Bank of America, as needed, to help address your credit and lending needs. We also can coordinate with your other professionals, such as attorneys and CPAs, to help provide you a consistent wealth management experience.

Stage 3. Review
Life is complicated. Markets are unpredictable. Your needs evolve. That’s why we offer a process to review and adjust your wealth management strategy as needed.
To help keep you on track, we also proactively interact with you through scheduled quarterly meetings—or whenever needed due to changes in your lifestyle or goals. We work to assess portfolios against relevant benchmarks, review progress toward goals and make changes as needed. 

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Actively managed portfolios designed for performance and risk management


We are active investment managers who use a value-oriented, quantitative approach to dynamically diversify portfolios across a range of asset classes.

In other words, we constantly evaluate global markets’ changing opportunities and challenges, so we can move in and out of investments as needed to help address your needs.

This approach underlies our five proprietary investment portfolios, which we can match to a range of objectives, risk tolerances, time horizons and liquidity needs.

We base our portfolios on our team’s decades of accumulated knowledge, as well as the latest market research, and seek to balance growth and income potential without taking on unnecessary risk.

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Going where needed to address the everyday and long-term needs of a distinct client base


Our goal is to exceed clients’ expectations. By focusing our diverse skills on a select group of individuals, families and businesses, we believe we can best assist them in multiple aspects of their financial lives—whether that means helping develop strategies to address retirement planning and education funding goals, or coordinating with Merrill specialists to provide trust and estate planning services.

Beyond our team’s wealth management capabilities, we can provide clients access to banking services through Bank of America, including:

• Home financing
• Securities-based financing
• Wealth transfer and charitable giving


Maintaining a smaller client base supports our goal of addressing clients’ diverse needs, while delivering family-like care and attention to every individual we serve. We can meet with you however it’s most convenient and comfortable—whether that’s at our office, in your own home, online or over the phone. We travel to see many of our clients in person.

  • We want to earn your trust, which doesn’t happen overnight. Rather, it’s built through repeated interactions that help us deliver on your expectations. We never lose sight of this goal.Hudie Broughton

Recognition

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

Walter Broughton III

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2019

Forbes “America’s Top Wealth Advisors” 2019

Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in 2018

Barron’s 2017 “America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State-by-State”

Walter "Hudie" Thomas Broughton IV

Forbes/SHOOK “America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” 2018

Forbes/SHOOK “America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” 2018

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2019

Forbes "Best-in-State Next Generation Wealth Advisors" in 2019

Forbes “America’s Top Wealth Advisors” 2019

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.

Past Events

October Market Volatility Conference Call

October 7th, 2020|10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT

Please join Walter, Hudie, Steve and David for our next conference call on October 10th at 10:00am CDT to discuss current market volatility.

If you would like more information, please contact Marie Johnson at marie.f.johnson@ml.com

    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.

    FAMILY
    Taking care of your family and other people in your life
    • Trust & Estate Planning Services4
    • Education Funding1
    • Insurance3
    HEALTH
    Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
    • Long-term Care Insurance3
    • Health Savings Account2
    • Disability Insurance3
    HOME
    Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
    • Home Loans2
    • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
    • Securities-Based Lending2
    • Credit Cards2
    WORK
    Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
    • Bank of America Business Banking2
    • Exchange Funds1
    • Concentrated Stock Management1
    • Succession Planning1
    LEISURE
    Spending your free time in meaningful ways
    • Credit Cards2
    • Securities-Based Lending2
    • Structured Lending2
    GIVING
    Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
    • Donor-Advised Funds4
    • Private Foundations4
    • Charitable Trusts4
    FINANCE
    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

    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 periodically 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.


    Periodic 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.


      Monitoring 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.

      Wealth Management Your Way

      MyMerrill is your online destination for access to your financial information, secure communications, and a robust offering of tools and capabilities.

      Your advisor is a click away within our site or mobile apps

      You can manage account security with our customizable security capabilities such as touch ID, one time passcode, and other security features

      Access to your complete financial life is available with My Financial Picture, Merrill’s asset aggregation tool

        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.


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        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.

        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.

        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.