BG and Associates

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Meet the Team

Supported by the global resources of Merrill Lynch, our team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.

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 to BG and Associates

With more than six decades of combined experience in wealth management, risk management, and institutional advising, Darron Braslow and Michael Giaccone take a highly personalized approach to enhancing and simplifying the financial lives of a select number of clients nationwide, including many with special needs children.

“Clients want to know if they’ll have money to retire. Will there be a reliable income stream that keeps pace with inflation? Will their kids be okay after they’re gone? Market volatility can wreak havoc on a client’s level of comfort,” Darron explains. “We put tremendous effort into shielding clients from emotional reactions and decisions. Our appreciation of the effects that macro-economic events have on investment performance is a primary reason we employ a variety of diversification techniques, to help mitigate risk and enhance tax efficiency in each client’s portfolio.”

BG and Associates believes that building strong, transparent relationships with clients is critical to developing appropriate wealth management strategies. By listening closely to what clients say (and to what they don’t say), the team crafts strategies that can enhance a client’s cash flow, fund educational objectives, and offer the benefits of effective liability management. Long-term care, Social Security and estate planning strategies are also frequently discussed. Experience has taught Darron and Michael to be holistic in approach and realistic in helping clients identify meaningful outcomes.

“We joined Merrill Lynch to tackle real financial issues facing real people,” Michael adds. “Here, we can roll up our sleeves and offer an intimate, boutique-like experience with the vast resources of a leading world-class institution. We care deeply about the quality of clients’ lives and creating a lasting impact on multi-generational wealth.”

Philosophy

No two people are alike. Consequently, there is no singular wealth management strategy or tactic that is appropriate for everyone. What matters most to us is what matters most to you. Once we get to know you, your priorities, your goals, risk tolerance, time horizons, liquidity needs and what you want to accomplish over time, only then can we help you position yourself to identify and address financial challenges and opportunities. To that end, we will thoughtfully employ our experience and resources to help guide you as you pursue your goals.

How we help clients

Clients at various stages in their lives count on us to help them find ways to pursue their financial and life goals, including:

  • The retirement lifestyle they envision
  • Preparing for the cost of the best education possible for their children and grandchildren
  • Wealth transfer to the next generation
  • Establishment of their legacy through family foundations and philanthropy
  • Diversifying business interests
  • Effective strategies for managing concentrated equity holdings

Capabilities

Using the broad investing resources of Merrill Lynch, we can also assist with income management, education funding, retirement planning, and guidance for executives with concentrated stock positions, traditional and alternative investments, wealth transfer and estate planning services. And with your permission we can also work closely with your other professionals, such as attorneys, accountants and other specialists, to help you pursue your goals.

Focus On High-Net-Worth Individuals and Business Owners

We offer clients a breadth of strategies, premier customer service and financial tools based on their unique circumstances. No matter what your goals may be, We begin by defining and prioritizing your financial goals based on the following seven areas:

  • 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
We'll also draw on our industry knowledge and experience to make recommendations for strategies around the following:
  • Risk management
  • Trust and estate planning services
  • Investment management
  • Provide access to Bank of America for credit and banking needs

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

We believe it’s important that you seek the advice and guidance of an experienced financial advisor who can thoughtfully analyze your situation, identify strategies that address your needs, and clearly communicate them to you. We want to work with you to develop your wealth management strategy for the future.

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.