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The O'Connor / Owens Group

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With decades of experience and genuine devotion to clients’ financial and emotional wellbeing, The O’Connor/Owens Group brings its comprehensive-and-caring approach to a multi-generational clientele residing throughout New Jersey and across the country.
 

Welcome

“We look out for clients, their spouses and children. The relationships we build reflect our efforts to serve people, not just portfolios,” explains Larry O’Connor. As clients have prospered, they now include successful business owners, financial professionals, physicians, affluent retirees and widows, those affected by divorce, as well as foundations.

For clients nearing retirement and concerned about living comfortably without a paycheck, the team assesses clients’ goals, explores their need for cash flow and their comfort with risk. Using Merrill models and its own research, the team builds portfolios that may include domestic and international equities, ETFs, closed-end funds, market-linked investments, mutual funds, private equity and alternative investments*.

As Kevin Owens points out, “We look months ahead, talk to clients about their changing tax situations, investment and spending disciplines.” Using a defined set of fundamental and tactical investment techniques, the team also works with clients’ accountants, to align strategies for capital gains, retirement distributions and other areas.

For foundations and endowments whose board members need to make the best decisions for their organizations while acting as fiduciaries, Larry and Kevin offer hands-on experience and availability.

“We often meet clients in the evenings and on weekends – answering clients’ questions about the markets, special needs trusts, long-term-care, purchasing homes and leasing cars. Clients focus on their families and careers – we focus on preserving the integrity of their wealth. By serving people we’ve come to know during their emotional challenges, I believe we provide the greatest value – financially and personally,” Larry adds.
 

*Some or all alternative investment programs may not be in the best interest of certain investors. No assurance can be given that any alternative investment’s investment objectives will be achieved.

Philosophy

Life is always changing and growing more complex. Your needs and priorities specific to your family, work, health and home are continuously evolving. And since your finances are so deeply connected with the rest of your life, an investment approach that is specific to your unique situations can be helpful. Even if you’re accustomed to managing your wealth on your own, you may find value in having a relationship with someone who understands your priorities and who has the knowledge and resources to help you make more informed decisions, no matter where in your life you are.

Approach

Helping you pursue your goals starts with getting to know you. We will work together to create a financial approach that reflects your investment personality and is built around your life priorities. Our process offers a flexible framework we can call upon to help you identify and prioritize your personal and professional financial goals, including areas such as education funding or your lifestyle in the future. We offer potential solutions to provide the “fit” that may best serve your objectives, risk tolerance, time horizon and liquidity needs. We 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.

Capabilities

Our process is designed to help deliver a customized, consistent experience to assist clients not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond investments. Our ability to provide access to the investment insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, and the banking convenience and lending solutions of Bank of America offers a way to help clients manage all of the pieces of their financial lives. We view ourselves as a financial resource, helping clients with potential solutions for transferring wealth to the younger generation.

Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Bank of America Private Bank, a division of Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation (“BofA Corp.”).

Focus On High-Net-Worth Individuals and Families

We’re fully versed in the many issues that affect wealth management. No matter what your short- and long-term goals may be, we’ll begin by getting to know you as we explore the following seven priorities together:

  • 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 and giving to charities
  • Work: Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Finance: Bringing it all together; defining your financial goals
We work closely with other professionals to help clients pursue their wealth management goals, drawing on the investment insights of Merrill and offering access to the banking convenience of Bank of America as we do so.

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.

Recognition

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

Lawrence O'Connor

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Management Teams” 2023
Published on January 12, 2023. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2022.*

Kevin Owens

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Management Teams” 2023
Published on January 12, 2023. Rankings based on data as of March 31, 2022.*

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.

Daniel G Bianco

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

Merrill

Natalie De La Calle

Alternative Investments Regional Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

Tricia Kropp

Wealth Strategist

Merrill

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.



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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.



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