Taking care of your family and other people in your life
- Trust & Estate Planning Services4
- Education Funding1
Nelligan and Associates is a Merrill Lynch Wealth Management team headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey. Speak with us for a few minutes, and you’ll notice something different. Our work is a vocation and a passion.
A team of veteran advisors, we combine experience, ethics, and exceptional service to help clients move from where they are, to where they want to be. We’re like a financial “GPS,” lending direction and clarity to life’s crossroads and decision points.
Our principals—Joe Nelligan, Mike Barna, and Jim Bumstead—bring decades of real-world experience in wealth management, investing, accounting, business, and engineering.* We’re skilled in circumventing the pitfalls and remedying the gaps that clients typically encounter. At the same time, our work is intensely personal. Committed listeners, we work to discern a client’s past, present, and future, so that we can better address their goals and needs.
We don’t sugar-coat our advice. We’re in the business of helping people – not telling them what they want to hear. Our process is grounded in purposeful action, committed discipline, and long-term thinking. In a world characterized by instant gratification, we help clients develop an actionable plan to resolve confusion, enhance clarity, and make steady progress toward meaningful objectives.
We serve a varied clientele. Each of us is well versed in multiple aspects of wealth management, applying our knowledge of complementary disciplines. If a client has a problem or question, we’ve likely seen it before. We offer the insight that stems from years of direct experience. And we leverage the research, best practices, and technological edge of an industry leader, Merrill Lynch. Our team structure allows us to pool ideas and intensify our coverage, amplifying our value and differentiating our approach.
We’re privileged to serve as the “go to” resource and first phone call for a range of needs:
Individuals, couples, and families:
- Retirement planning
- Investment management
- Long-term care evaluation and selection
- Higher education savings
- Trust and estate planning services
- Access to home financing and lending through Bank of America, N.A.
Business owners and professionals:
- 401(k) design, development, and servicing
- Succession planning
- Business monetization
- Evaluation of new acquisitions and opportunities
- Concentrated and restricted stock strategies
- 10b5-1 Plan design, development, and servicing
- Access to securities-based lending through Bank of America, N.A.
- Portfolio diversification
Our team offers a refined skill set. We’ve attained certifications in planning and retirement strategy, deepening our understanding of the key issues that clients encounter. And we continue to expand our knowledge base, completing professional education to stay apprised of the strategies and tactics that can potentially benefit our clients.
As investors, we believe in three core tenets: (1) simplicity; (2) disciplined growth; and (3) long-term asset preservation. We capitalize on the research and offerings at Merrill to develop customized investment programs, reflecting each client’s distinctive goals, timelines, preferences, and risk thresholds. Our longevity and continuity as advisors have provided us with a maturity and perspective that don’t shrink during times of crisis. We’ve seen booms and busts, bull markets and bear. Whatever the environment, we look to avoid trends and group-think so that we can provide clients with a reliable investment process we’ve honed over many years.
Service is the foundation of our work; it’s what makes us excited to tackle each new challenge. What other people view as headaches, we see as opportunities – to educate, resolve, and move forward. Our Client Associate, Rob Velcko, helps foster the warm and welcoming environment that characterizes our office. Resolute in tracking down answers, Rob is a linchpin of efforts, streamlining each client’s financial life. As a team, we don’t wait for issues to magically resolve. We anticipate, and then we act.
Empathy and approachability are two of our core values. When clients call our office, we pick up our own phones; we want to speak with them, whether it’s a crisis or a small question. We feel privileged to help clients and the people they care about. That’s why referrals constitute so many of our new relationships. We work hard to earn that trust, every day.
Each client is an integral member of our professional family. We’re deeply entrenched in their lives – from milestones and triumphs, to difficulties and challenges. Through regular meetings and ongoing discussions, we stay apprised of changing conditions so that we can better respond to their needs. Clients recognize that we care deeply about them, pursuing their best interests with a rigor and reliability that testify to our deep-seated passion for what we do.
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.
Learn about the MyMerrill Mobile App.
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 strategy, 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, we can help you create a financial strategy that reflects your personality. Only then can we 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.
As Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors, we will help you sort through the financial complexities of your life, helping you build a customized investment strategy to pursue your goals.
We put you first, every day.
Getting to know you is our primary goal.
Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill, we will help you build a strategy 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.