Investing: Where do I even start?

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Profile

Judith Miara has more than 25 years’ experience in banking and finance and in debt capital markets, and over a decade working with established and early stage businesses.  She joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2020 to focus on helping clients develop potential financial solutions for their individual circumstances and to provide investment guidance for individuals, their families and their businesses. 

Her comprehensive approach to managing wealth begins with getting to know a client and the client’s family, financial situation and what matters most to them and then creating a customized wealth management approach that can be flexible as their needs and market conditions change.

Judith became qualified as a Certified Exit Planning (CEPA) professional to help identify, preserve, build, harvest and manage wealth to assist business owners and their families through an ownership transition, and to have even more tools, methods, and approaches to help business owners accelerate value and improve transition outcomes when that time comes.

In any environment you should have a financial advisor who asks thoughtful questions, can call upon a global network of specialists and can offer thought leadership that can be instrumental in helping you pursue your financial goals.  Working with you, she offers access to the investment insights of Merrill, along with the banking services and lending solutions of Bank of America.

Judith currently lives in New York after living, working and raising her family in Chicago, Tel Aviv and London, UK. She was and remains involved in community organizations wherever she lives. Ballet is a passion and she also enjoys theater, movies and her college book club.  Outdoors she enjoys biking, walking and river tubing upstate.  But nothing beats spending time with her grown children in Colorado and Tel Aviv.

  • LANGUAGES

    English & Hebrew

  • EDUCATION

    Boston University

    Middlesex University

    Barnard College

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.

Brenda Dolan

Wealth Strategies Advisor

Bank of America, N.A.

Tracy R Hagues

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

Merrill

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

Welcome

As a Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor, I offer advice based on your goals and priorities– for yourself, your family, and your business. While life may be turbulent, my process always starts and ends with planning. Goals may shift and evolve, but we always return to what is most important to you and combine that with a 360 degree review of your financial balance sheet. We work together to arrive at a plan that serves you -- setting a sound financial core to grow and preserve your wealth, providing security for you, your family and the life you want, whatever may be happening around you.

My experience informs the value I add to my clients’ lives. I bring 25+ years in banking and finance, over a decade working as a partner and a consultant with early stage ventures in healthcare, renewable energy and fintech, and living, working and raising a family in three countries. I use the breadth and depth of my experience to add perspective to and understanding of markets, their cyclicality and a wide range of individual and personal life choices.

Philosophy

You live in a world that’s constantly changing. Markets can fluctuate frequently. Potential investment opportunities can arise daily. Regulations are enacted or amended. That’s why understanding you and your situation is the best place to start helping you plan your financial future: where you are today, where you want to be tomorrow, and what you want to accomplish along the way. By understanding you and your priorities, I can more effectively provide you with the experience and resources needed to help you build a personalized plan that is rooted in the unique complexities of your life.

Approach

Helping you pursue your goals starts with getting to know you and your family. We will work together to create a financial strategy that reflects your investment style and is built around your life plan. My planning process can help you identify and prioritize your personal and professional financial goals, including education funding and retirement lifestyle. Potential strategies are offered to provide the “fit” that may best serve your objectives, risk tolerance, time horizon and liquidity needs. I 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.

Social Impact Investing

I believe I can help you make a difference. One of the areas where we're seeing tremendous growth and new investment opportunities is sustainable and impact investing. If appropriate for you, we can work together to incorporate this investing strategy to help you uncover new investment opportunities, better evaluate and manage risk, and align your investments to what matters most to you. This approach can help you make more informed investment decisions after taking your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon into account.

All investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal.

Sustainable and Impact Investing and/or Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) managers may take into consideration factors beyond traditional financial information to select securities, which could result in relative investment performance deviating from other strategies or broad market benchmarks, depending on whether such sectors or investments are in or out of favor in the market. Further, ESG strategies may rely on certain values based criteria to eliminate exposures found in similar strategies or broad market benchmarks, which could also result in relative investment performance deviating.

Focus On Individuals, Families, and Small Businesses

I believe that financial success can be achieved when you’re able to make investment-related decisions and trade-offs that can help you reach personally meaningful goals. Whether you’re planning your retirement, saving to buy a home or funding a child’s education, the process begins by getting to know you and how you feel about the following:

  • 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
Success will be measured by the amount of progress you are making toward reaching your goals, making thoughtfully considered adjustments as events and conditions warrant.

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.

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.



Reviews to help you
stay on track

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.



    Changes in your life
    and to your goals

    Your life and goals change. As these changes occur, we can update your approach to reflect them.

    #DigitalMerrill

    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

      Let’s Have a Conversation

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

      Why Merrill?

      As Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors, we will sort through the financial complexities of your life, helping you build a customized investment approach to address your needs and pursue your goals.


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      For every question you have, every decision you make and every answer you need, we are with you to listen and help guide you along the many paths your life can take. Watch this video to see some questions we can address together.


      The Power of the Right Advisor®
      Working with a dedicated Merrill advisor means you get personalized investment strategies from Merrill plus access to comprehensive financial solutions only Bank of America can deliver.

      Personalized advice from a dedicated financial advisor.

      We get to know you and your family, your financial situation and what matters most to you.

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

      Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill, together we will design an approach that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.

      Adjusting your investment approach as your life and the markets change.

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