Eric J. Lalime

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Our team focuses on delivering wealth management strategies to high net worth individuals, families, trustees, institutions, and businesses while delivering exceptional service.

Our goal is to assist clients in wealth accumulation, capital preservation, and asset transfer strategies through Goals-Based Wealth Management. The process includes asset allocation, portfolio management, liability management, tax minimization, estate planning services, and retirement planning.

We also assist executive clients with concentrated stock positions, hedging, and liquidity strategies through alternative investments and customized strategies. 

Eric is a qualified Portfolio Manager who, in addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, can help clients pursue their objectives by building and managing their own personalized or defined strategies, which may incorporate individual stocks and bonds, Merrill Lynch model portfolios, and third-party investment strategies. When servicing clients through the firm’s Investment Advisory Program, a Portfolio Manager may manage their strategies on a discretionary basis. Lastly, we provide succession planning, advice on the private sale of businesses, and have an experienced focus on managing company retirement plans.

Eric has been recognized both in 2017 and 2018 by The Financial Times for earning a spot on the annual "Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisors" list.  Merrill Lynch counts him among a select group of financial advisors that have earned the Defined Contribution Investment Consultant designation which allows him to offer access to 3(21) Fiduciary services to Corporate and Institutional retirement plans. Currently, only 83 Merrill Lynch Financial Advisors across the country hold this designation.

While it may be enough to provide you with a customized wealth management plan – we feel the need to always reach one step further in order to provide a truly unique experience. We make it a point to focus closely on your unique goals and personalize our relationships.

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Eric is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, a certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. Eric holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® certification, administered by Investment Management Consultants Association® and taught in conjunction with the MIT Sloan School of Management. He earned the Certified 401k Professional designation. The C(k)P® Designation is administered by The Retirement Advisor University in collaboration with UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education. Lastly, Eric earned the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor designation. He holds his FINRA Series 7, 9, 31, & 66 registrations. He is also a licensed producer for Life, Health, & Variable Annuities. Eric joined Merrill Lynch in 2008.

Eric is among a select group of financial advisors that have earned the Defined Contribution Investment Consultant designation which allows him to offer access to 3(21) Fiduciary services to Corporate and Institutional retirement plans. Currently, only 83 Merrill Lynch Financial Advisors across the country hold this designation.

Eric lives in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey with his wife Theresa and their children Ryan & Sofia. Away from the office, he enjoys time with his family, competitive & recreational offshore fishing, golf, and boating. Eric is a member of the historic Manasquan River Marlin & Tuna Club. Active in community service, he serves on the Board of the Upper Saddle River Baseball Association and previously held a director seat on the board of the Ridgewood AM Rotary Group.
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Originally from Albany, New York, James is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo with a degree in Economics, cum laude. Outside of work, he is an avid skier and outdoorsman, having successfully summited all forty-six Adirondack high peaks to earn the “Adirondack 46ers” honor. James is proud to call Hoboken, New Jersey home.
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Frank is a graduate of Southeast Missouri University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Finance. He has attended the Wharton School for executive programs. He holds his Series 7, 31, & 66 FINRA registrations. He is also a licensed producer for Life & Health Insurance. Frank has been with Merrill Lynch since 2008.

Frank is a co-founder, past President, and current Board member of the Institute for Educational Achievement (a school for children with autism). Frank has worked with Habitat for Humanity and Center for Food Action. He also owns a bed and breakfast in Bennington, Vermont. Frank enjoys sports of any kind, carpentry and building things, but most of all, spending time with his wife, Diane, and their two daughters, Kate and Susan.
 
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**Some or all alternative investments may not be suitable for certain investors. Certain alternative investments carry significant risk and are not subject to the same regulatory oversight as mutual funds and other traditional investments. For these reasons, access to alternative investments may be limited to investors who are designated as sophisticated, high-net-worth investors.
 
*Source: Financial Times "Top 401 Retirement Advisers" list, September 2018. For more information about the selection criteria, go to http://details-he.re/qCbAvZ. The Financial Times "Top 401 Retirement Advisers" list is an independent listing produced by the Financial Times (September 2018). All rights reserved. These rankings and ratings are not representative nor indicative of any one client's experience, future performance, or investment outcome. 

*Bank of America Merrill Lynch is a marketing name for the Retirement Services business of Bank of America Corporation (“BofA Corp”). Banking activities may be performed by wholly owned banking affiliates of BofA Corp, including Bank of America, N.A., member FDIC. Brokerage services may be performed by wholly owned brokerage affiliates of BofA Corp, including Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“MLPF&S”), a registered broker-dealer and member SIPC.

  • LANGUAGES

    English

  • EDUCATION

    University of Rhode Island

  • AWARDS

    Financial Times "Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisors" (New in 2015)

Professional Staff

Supported by the global resources of Merrill Lynch, my 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 Financial Advisor if you have questions about how a specialist might be able to assist you.

Michael K Costo

Michael K Costo

Retirement Specialist

Julissa Y Aguero

Julissa Y Aguero

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer NMLS # 644449

Matthew W McKean

Matthew W McKean

Trust Specialist

Where do we begin? It starts with you.

At Merrill Lynch, 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

My mission is to understand you and your priorities. To take the time, to ask hard, smart questions and to listen carefully, then to understand, in great detail, exactly where your wealth stands today, and where you’d like it to be tomorrow. I then help you design, implement and periodically monitor a customized wealth management strategy that helps you and your family pursue your personal financial goals without unnecessary investment risk. My wealth management approach is about using wealth to help turn goals into reality. When you succeed, I succeed.

Philosophy

I believe that the best financial strategy is the one that helps you pursue your goals. That's why, from the start, we talk about your aspirations and encourage you to ask questions about issues that matter most to you. Worried about managing future health care expenses? College on the horizon? Considering the sale of a business or purchase of a home? Preparing to pass your wealth on to future generations? With access to the investing insights of Merrill Lynch and the banking convenience of Bank of America, I will work with you to develop strategies that are designed to address your priorities and financial needs.

Approach

I begin every relationship with a conversation, helping you to identify and prioritize which goals matter most to you. Whether that's transferring wealth to the next generation, customizing financial strategies that help you pursue your passions, or simply providing advice and guidance to help you stay informed, I start by listening to learn more about you.

Merrill Lynch developed the Investment Personality Assessment to help us get to know your investing preferences. By gaining a deeper understanding of how you think and feel about investing through this assessment, I can help customize the financial strategy we develop together.

Capabilities

My process is designed to deliver a customized, consistent experience to assist clients not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond portfolio management. My ability to provide access to the investment insights of Merrill Lynch and the banking convenience of Bank of America offers a way for clients to manage all of the pieces of their financial lives. I can be a financial resource, helping clients with the process of transferring wealth to the younger generation.

Focus On Individuals and Families

I work primarily with high-net-worth individuals and families. I’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 others and giving to charities
  • Work: Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Finance: Bringing it all together and defining your financial goals
I work closely with other trusted professionals to help clients pursue their goals, drawing on the investment insights of Merrill Lynch and access to the banking convenience of Bank of America as we do so.

Your approach to investing

Drawing upon research in the field of behavioral finance, Merrill Lynch 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 strategy we develop together to help you with your approach for what matters most to you. Our Investment Personality Assessment is one of the ways to help me get to know you – to understand your goals and priorities. These questions will give you a sense of the full assessment and 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 strategy.

Your Financial Strategy

We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill Lynch, trust and fiduciary services from U.S. Trust, 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
FAMILY
Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Services2
  • Education Funding Strategies1
  • Insurance3
HEALTH
HEALTH
Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
HOME
HOME
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
WORK
WORK
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
LEISURE
LEISURE
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
GIVING
GIVING
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds2
  • Private Foundations2
  • Charitable Trusts2
FINANCE
FINANCE
Using your finances to bring it all together
  • Merrill Lynch 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

1Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
2Banking products are offered by Bank of America, N.A.
3Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.

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 strategy, our goal is to help give you peace of mind* that you're on track to help achieve what's most important to you.

Regular reviews to help you stay on track
Regular reviews to help you stay on track

We'll meet with you periodically to review your goals and the progress you’ve made toward reaching them. We'll also discuss any adjustments needed to your financial strategy to help you stay on course.

  • Sample client review agenda
  • Sample Wealth Outlook Report
Monitoring changes in your life and to your goals
Monitoring changes in your life and to your goals

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

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Access to what you need, when you need it

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

  • Your advisor is never more than a click away within our site or mobile apps
  • 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 Lynch’s asset aggregation tool

*Peace of mind is an aspirational state of mind that clients hope to achieve. There are no guaranteed results following completion of the Goals-Based Wealth Management process because markets can fluctuate and investments can lose value. Advisors work with clients to help them understand how the goals based wealth management process can help to address their concerns, financial situation and priorities.

Let’s Have a Conversation

Helping you reach your goals starts with getting to know you personally. Through understanding what matters most to you, I can help you create a financial strategy that reflects your personality. Only then can I offer an approach that is built around your life priorities and the ongoing advice you need to help you manage fluctuations in the market and changes in your life. Let’s work together to help you achieve your goals.

Why Merrill Lynch?

As Merrill Lynch financial advisors, we will sort through the financial complexities of your life, helping you build a customized investment strategy to pursue your goals.


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Personalized advice from a dedicated financial advisor.

Getting to know you is our primary goal.

A comprehensive approach, built around your life’s priorities.

Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill Lynch, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.

Adjusting your plan as your life and the markets change.

We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.