Taking care of your family and other people in your life
- Trust & Estate Planning Services4
- Education Funding1
"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care!"
Our distinctive competitive advantage is that we are relevant in our clients' lives. We recognize portfolio assets transcend to a series of experiences in life such as family vacations, assuring healthcare, second homes or farms, college and/ or private education tuition, academic or athletic scholarship funding, securing the legacy of your family name through children or philanthropic giving or business succession, and even duck Blinds and backyard swimming pools to share with family and friends.
Richard Blankenship has been in the financial services industry since 1994. Richard re-joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in April of 2016. As a Wealth Management Advisor for Merrill, Richard offers purpose driven investment consulting and wealth management from an independent, objective, and unbiased perspective.
Richard graduated from the University of Missouri and from the Executive MBA Program at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Richard is a member of the Investments & Wealth Institute™ (The Institute) while earning his Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) designation. He also earned the Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM designation through the College for Financial Planning.
Richard is a native of Sikeston, MO and together with his wife Brenda have three daughters: Kristen, Courtney, & Jenny and a grand daughters Emmy and Charlotte.
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.
University of Missouri System
Washington University in Saint Louis
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
We get to know you and your family, your financial situation and what matters most to you.
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.
We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.