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The Kugel Briegs Group

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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.

Elliott M Kugel

Forbes’ “America’s Top 250 Wealth Advisors” in  2016-2019

Financial Times –“Top 400 Financial Advisers”  2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, and 2020

Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in 2010 - 2013 (Top 1000) 2014- 2020
Years prior to 2014, this Barron's list consisted of 1,000 advisors.

Barron’s America’s Top 1,000 Financial Advisors:State-by-State 2014-2019

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2018-2020

David M Briegs

Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in 2019 and 2020
Years prior to 2014, this Barron's list consisted of 1,000 advisors.

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2018-2020

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.

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.

Aileen T. Takio

Aileen T. Takio

Retirement Plan Manager

Merrill Lynch

Margaret M Brennan

Margaret M Brennan

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #644484

Michael K Costo

Michael K Costo

Retirement Specialist

Merrill Lynch

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

Welcome

The Kugel Briegs Group has served the retirement planning and wealth management needs of clients for over 20 years. We serve hundreds of families who have entrusted us with assets of approximately $1.7 Billion (as of December, 2019).

Our group provides the intimacy and personal attention of a small boutique and the global resources of one of the world's largest financial services firms. We are easy to reach and highly responsive when clients need us.

Wealth Management isn't merely moving money or chasing temporary gains. It is using wealth to turn goals into reality.

*Source: The Forbes ranking of “America’s Top 250 Wealth Advisors”, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative and quantitative data, rating thousands of wealth advisors with a minimum of seven years of experience and weighing factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience and best practices learned through telephone and in-person interviews. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Neither Forbes or SHOOK receive a fee in exchange for rankings.
* Source: Barron's “America's Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State-by-State” list, March 6, 2017. For more information about the selection criteria, go to Barron’s Top Financial Advisors page. Barron’s is a trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved. Years prior to 2014, this Barron’s list consisted of 1,000 advisors.
*Source: The Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisors (FT 400) is an independent listing produced by the Financial Times (March, 2015). For more information about the selection criteria, go to http://im.ft-static.com/content/images/047b2e0a-d10e-11e4-a840-00144feab7de.pdf.
 

*Source: Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" list, February 2019. For more information about the selection criteria, go to http://details-he.re/xR7HbE. Forbes is a trademark of Forbes Media LLC. All rights reserved. These rankings and ratings are not representative nor indicative of any one client’s experience, future performance, or investment outcome and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor.



Philosophy

Our purpose, first and foremost, is to understand you.

To take the time, to ask hard, smart questions and to listen carefully until it’s understood, in great detail, exactly where your wealth stands today. And where you’d like, and need, it to be tomorrow.

Then we help you design, implement and monitor a customized wealth management plan and investment program that helps you and your family to achieve your personal financial goals without undue sacrifice to your lifestyle or unnecessary investment risk.

Approach

We believe an effective approach to wealth management requires working closely with you to help identify and define your goals.

Our  job is to first understand what matters most to you. We will work together to create a financial approach that reflects your investment personality and is built around your life priorities.

Our approach is to help you pursue your goals by providing customized service and potential investment solutions. Whether you are focused on building, preserving or transferring wealth we are committed to helping you address your financial objectives at every stage of your life.

Capabilities

Our wealth management process begins by getting to know you and understanding your goals. We start by developing a thorough understanding of what you value most, your risk tolerance, time horizon, liquidity needs, and what your goals may be. In our one-on-one discovery meetings with you, we draw on the analytical skills and deep experience of our advisor team to review your portfolio and objectives so that we can work closely together to create a financial approach that helps you pursue your goals.

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.