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Tim Hampton believes in the value of holistic strategies – to address what clients see as their goals for retirement, saving for private high schools and private colleges, second homes and, most importantly, to deliver the quality of life they want in the years to come. To align multiple aspects of clients’ financial lives, Tim draws upon the Firm’s investment, banking and trust specialists for residential and securities-based lending, as well as estate planning strategies.

Tim is an active member of his community whose dedication to support worthy causes extends to his role as a seasoned financial advisor for foundations, charitable endeavors and other non-profit organizations nationwide – as well as to individuals and families. Formerly an executive recruiter, Tim enjoys helping clients however he can. Frequently, he helps clients (and their families) with job networking, and reviewing their resumes.

Having launched his financial services career in 1999, Tim joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2008. He holds the CFP® certification, awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. and the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, CRPC designation from the College for Financial Planning Institutes Corp.

Tim is also a qualified Portfolio Manager who, in addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, can help clients pursue their objectives by building and managing his own personalized or defined strategies, which may incorporate individual stocks and bonds, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management model portfolios, and third-party investment strategies. When servicing clients through the firm’s Investment Advisory Program, Tim may manage his strategies on a discretionary basis.

Tim graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint Louis University with an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, majoring in Finance. Later, he earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

Passionate about giving back to organizations that provide meaningful experiences, Tim served as Assistant District Commissioner in the Boy Scouts of America.  An Eagle Scout himself, Tim was awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Greater St. Louis Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America “for distinguished service to youth” in 2008. Tim was also a member of Rotary and a Past President of the De Smet High School Men's Club.

As avid theater goers (to Broadway, London and back home in St. Louis), Tim and his wife, Elizabeth, actively support local theatre.  Tim has served in the past on The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis' Executive Committee, as Chairman of its planned giving committee, and on its Board of Directors. Tim and Elizabeth are longtime residents of St. Louis who’ve raised two sons there. One teaches unemployed and underemployed individuals to start a small business in Washington, D.C., while the other is Mark, who is also a partner of The Hampton Group.

*Banking and Lending Services are through Bank of America, N.A. (NMLS#559144)




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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.

Jessica Delunas

Wealth Management Banking Specialist


Stephanie J Powell

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #558876

Tyler J Brockman

Wealth Management Banking Specialist


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


As a Merrill advisor, I offer advice and guidance based on you and your family's goals and priorities. We put you at the center of our focus -- not the markets -- so you can better understand the pros and cons of every decision you make. As your needs or market conditions change, I can work together with you to adjust your plan as needed.

Tim's Hobbies

Beekeeping - Since 2007, Tim and his wife Elizabeth have been backyard beekeepers.   Seeing few honey bees flying, and gardens not being pollinated, having the bees is a community service as they fly in a 2 mile radius.   They do make some honey which Tim and Elizabeth share.

Genealogy - Tim has worked on tracing his and his wife's family tree for many years.    Currently focusing on using DNA to find relatives and scanning old family photos so they can be shared.


You live in a world that’s constantly changing. Markets can fluctuate frequently. Potential investment opportunities can arise daily. Regulations are enacted or amended. That’s why understanding you and your situation is the best place to start helping you plan your financial future: where you are today, where you want to be tomorrow, and what you want to accomplish along the way. By understanding you and your priorities, I can more effectively provide you with the experience and resources needed to help you build a personalized plan that is rooted in the unique complexities of your life.


Helping you pursue your goals starts with getting to know you and your family. We will work together to create a financial strategy that reflects your investment style and is built around your life plan. My planning process can help you identify and prioritize your personal and professional financial goals, including education funding and retirement lifestyle. Potential strategies are offered to provide the “fit” that may best serve your objectives, risk tolerance, time horizon and liquidity needs. I help you understand fees and expenses associated with your accounts.

Your approach to investing

Drawing upon research in the field of behavioral finance, Merrill developed the Investment Personality Assessment to help us get to know you better as an investor and potentially help you refine your own investing preferences. By gaining a deeper understanding of how you think and feel about investing through this assessment, we can customize the financial approach we develop together to help you pursue what matters most to you. Our Investment Personality Assessment is one of the ways to help us get to know you - to understand your goals and priorities. These questions will help us provide you with additional insights and resources.

Understanding your goals and priorities

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


Financial Planning

Planning is the foundation of our wealth management support. We address each clients’ goals and regularly update their plan as the world and their lives change.

Money Management

We professionally manage our clients’ investment portfolios in a disciplined, diversified manner and incorporate their personal risk levels across their strategies.

Multigenerational Planning

We support families with multigenerational needs and help address each person’s unique financial and life priorities.

Philanthropic Planning

We help clients support the communities and causes they care about while incorporating their goals into their estate planning needs.

Focus On Individuals, Families and Small Businesses

I believe that financial success can be achieved when you’re able to make investment-related decisions and trade-offs that can help you reach personally meaningful goals. Whether you’re planning your retirement, saving to buy a home or funding a child’s education, the process begins by getting to know you and how you feel about the following:

  • Health: Managing healthcare expenses, now and in the future
  • Home: Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Family: Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Leisure: Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Giving: Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Work: Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Finance: Bringing it all together and defining your financial goals

Success will be measured by the amount of progress you are making toward reaching your goals, making thoughtfully considered adjustments as events and conditions warrant.

This material should be regarded as general or educational information on healthcare or Social Security considerations and is not intended to provide specific healthcare or social security advice. If you have questions regarding your particular situation, please contact your legal or tax advisor.

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.


    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

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    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 I can help you create a financial approach that reflects your personality. Only then can I 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.

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      No question too big or moment too small
      For every question you have, every decision you make and every answer you need, we are with you to listen and help guide you along the many paths your life can take. Watch this video to see some questions we can address together.

      The Power of the Right Advisor®
      Working with a dedicated Merrill advisor means you get personalized investment strategies from Merrill plus access to comprehensive financial solutions only Bank of America can deliver.

      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.