712 INVESTMENT GROUP

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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.

Conor O'Keefe

Conor O'Keefe

AI Regional Specialist

Merrill Lynch

Louis P Giambertone

Louis P Giambertone

UHNW Insurance Specialist

Merrill Lynch

Tia Alleyne

Tia Alleyne

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #642153

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

About the 712 Investment Group

The 712 Investment Group is a 16 person Private Wealth Group operating under the umbrella of Merrill Lynch Private Wealth Management, a division of Bank of America.  This partnership allows us to offer the personalized advice and guidance of a small, family style office with the investment insights and backing of a major financial institution.

While our founding partner's roots at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management date back to the mid 1980's, The 712 Investment Group was formally organized in 1992 at 712 5th Avenue in New York City.  As of 2019, still headquartered in midtown Manhattan (with a satellite office in the San Fransisco Bay area), we currently oversee in excess of $4Billion for our clients.

The team has been perennially recognized in many publications - including Forbes & Barrons - as Top Wealth Advisors and Top Next Generation Advisors.

We are 100% referral-based and do not prospect for new clients. This allows us to dedicate all our time to maintaining and deepening existing relationships.

We start by listening to you to gain a deep understanding of the moving parts of your financial life.  Recognizing the concerns that can affect you family and finances — today and in the future — can put us in a better position to help you develop a wealth management strategy uniquely tailored to your circumstances.

With this understanding, together with an overview of your financial life (income, assets, titling, taxes) we will develop a plan tailored to your goals, liquidity needs, values, time horizon and risk tolerance.

The customizable strategies we build address a wide range of needs:

  • Investment and retirement income planning
  • Estate planning services and wealth transfer strategies
  • Philanthropic and charitable giving strategies
  • Education funding
  • Lending (Mortgage, Securities Based Loans, Custom Financing) NMLS ID 642153
  • Insurance and annuities

Our partners have decades of real life investment experience in allocating billions of dollars across the capital markets.  We are aided in this process by the firm's industry leading research, alongside a team of highly skilled due diligence professionals.

After carefully evaluating your overall financial picture, we will create a custom strategy designed to help you pursue your goals.  Our "open architecture" platform gives us access to some of the world's top investment managers together with our own internal research based strategies.  During this process (and ongoing), we will also work with your personal tax and estate planning professionals to help ensure your financial strategy is aligned with tax considerations. 

With your investment performance, capital preservation and legacy concerns top of mind, we will regularly monitor your investments to make sure they stay aligned with your goals for your lifetime and future generations.

*Any information presented in connection with BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research is general in nature and is not intended to provide personal investment advice. The information does not take into account the specific investment objectives, financial situation and particular needs of any specific person who may receive it. Investors should understand that statements regarding future prospects may not be realized. BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research is research produced by BofA Securities, Inc. (“BofAS”) and/or one or more of its affiliates. BofAS is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC, and wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation. BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research does and seeks to do business with companies covered in its research reports. As a result, investors should be aware that the firm may have a conflict of interest that could affect the objectivity of this report. Investors should consider this report as only a single factor in making their investment decision.

Focus On Individuals and Families

We work primarily with high-net-worth individuals and families. 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 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 work closely with other trusted professionals to help clients pursue their goals, drawing on the investment insights of Merrill and access to the banking convenience of Bank of America as we do so.

 

Helping You Make Your Philanthropic Giving More Gratifying and Impactful

For the past 27 years, The 712 Investment Group has been working with internal specialists to help affluent families, foundations, charities and endowments address their unique charitable objectives. Whether you are in the early stages of giving back to your community, in the process of creating an enduring legacy through family philanthropy, starting a new trust or foundation or need support for an existing program, we are equipped to help you pursue your personal charitable objectives.

Working with Bank of America specialists, we are prepared to help you design and implement philanthropic strategies in a variety of areas, including:

  • Donor-advised funds
  • Foundations and endowments
  • Small family foundations
  • Large public foundations
  • The review and update of investment policy statements, with the help of a specialist from Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Institutional Consulting
*Global Institutional Consulting (“GIC”) is part of the Global Wealth and Retirement Solutions business of BofA Corp. Institutional Investments & Philanthropic Solutions (Philanthropic Solutions) is part of U.S. Trust, Bank of America Corporation (“U.S. Trust”). U.S. Trust operates through Bank of America, N.A., member FDIC, and other subsidiaries of BofA Corp. For both GIC and Philanthropic Solutions, banking and fiduciary activities are performed by wholly owned banking affiliates of BofA Corp, including Bank of America, N.A. Both brokerage and investment advisory services are provided by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (“MLPF&S”), a registered broker-dealer, Member Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), and registered investment adviser; the nature and degree of advice and assistance provided, the fees charged, and clients’ rights and MLPF&S’s obligations will differ depending upon the products and services actually provided. Global Institutional Consultants mentioned herein are registered representatives with MLPF&S and may assist you with investment products and services

Helping Meet the Needs of Retirement Plan Sponsors

As an employer, you understand the critical role a well-designed retirement program can play in helping to attract and retain highly talented employees, meet your fiduciary obligations, make the most of your business assets and assist your employees with their retirement savings goals.

We can help you address the various facets of designing defined-benefit and defined-contribution plans, including:

Needs assessment—We can work with you to understand and evaluate your business requirements and assess the various types of retirement plan programs that may be appropriate for your organization.
Investment analysis and menu selection—We can assist you in developing methods for maintaining an investment menu and creating a review schedule for funds.
Employee communication and education—Working with Merrill Lynch financial advisors throughout the country, we can conduct enrollment meetings, educational sessions and ongoing communications with your employees.

Your Financial Strategy

We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill, as well as banking, trust and fiduciary services from 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 you stay on track to achieve what's most important to you.

<br />Periodic reviews to help you <br /> stay on track

Periodic 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.

    <br />Monitoring changes in your life<br />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.

    Wealth Management Your Way

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

    It’s easy to seamlessly integrate your Merrill Wealth Management and Bank of America banking accounts online and through our mobile apps with a single click

    You can manage account security with our customizable security capabilities such as Face ID/Touch ID, one time passcode and other security features

    Your advisor is a click away through our Secure Inbox and texting application

    Access to your complete financial life is available with Spending & Budgeting, integrating your Merrill and Bank of America activity into a powerful tool to track your expenses and income

      Let’s Have a Conversation

      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.

      Why Merrill Lynch?

      As Merrill Lynch Wealth Management 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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      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.

      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, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.

      Adjusting your strategy as your life and the markets change.

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