The Ryan Group

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"We are a team of investment professionals who are committed to helping our clients identify and reach their investment goals."

—James T. Ryan
MANAGING DIRECTOR
PRIVATE WEALTH ADVISOR

We start with what’s important to you

We take the time to listen and learn about the needs and goals of our clients — whether it’s working directly with individuals to help pursue personal wealth management goals, or working with organizations to develop an investment strategy, we’re here to help.

About Us

Experienced team with a focus on serving the needs of institutions

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With over three decades of experience, The Ryan Group, based in New York City, is one of a select number of advisor teams that comprise Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Institutional Consulting. We have a long history advising a broad range of institutions including not for profit organizations, hospital and healthcare systems, faith based organizations, private foundations, cultural institutions and associations. We also provide consulting and investment services to select families whose exceptional wealth demands institutional-quality investment and wealth management.

We are dedicated to helping clients identify and pursue their financial goals. Each client can feel confident that the investment strategy we recommend will be aligned with their goals and designed to help achieve the right balance of risk and return, growth and spending objectives.

We put the strength and intellectual capital of Bank of America Merrill Lynch to work in the clients' best interests, by delivering customized, objective advice and robust investment strategies. We believe the best strategies are the simplest and should be communicated clearly.
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"Ryan and Moore have served institutional clients since the late 1990s.  They started working with religious organizations and other nonprofits by personally supporting them.  'We then recognized that we could probably help some of them by using our skills to manage their investments,' explains Ryan."  Barron's Magazine, July 16, 2016 







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.

Source: Forbes “America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors” ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person and telephone due diligence meetings and a ranking algorithm that includes: client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC and not representative nor indicative of any one client’s experience, future performance, or investment outcome. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receives compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking. Rankings and recognition from Forbes are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor. Forbes is a trademark of Forbes Media LLC. All rights reserved.

​Source: Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" ranking was developed by SHOOK Research and is based on in-person and telephone due diligence meetings to evaluate each advisor qualitatively, a major component of a ranking algorithm that includes: client retention, industry experience, review of compliance records, firm nominations; and quantitative criteria, including: assets under management and revenue generated for their firms. Investment performance is not a criterion because client objectives and risk tolerances vary, and advisors rarely have audited performance reports. Rankings are based on the opinions of SHOOK Research, LLC and not representative nor indicative of any one client's experience, future performance, or investment outcome. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK Research receives compensation in exchange for placement on the ranking. Forbes is a trademark of Forbes Media LLC. All rights reserved. ​

Source: Barron’s "Top 50 Institutional Consultants” list, April 23, 2018. The advisors in the ranking were evaluated on a range of criteria, including institutional investment assets overseen by the advisor and his/her team, the revenue generated by those assets, the number of clients served, and the number of team members and their regulatory records. Also considered were the advanced professional designations and accomplishment represented on the team. Barron’s does not receive compensation from Advisors, participating firms and their affiliates, or the media in exchange for rankings. Rankings and recognition from Barron’s are no guarantee of future investment success and do not ensure that a current or prospective client will experience a higher level of performance results and such rankings should not be construed as an endorsement of the advisor.

Impact investing and/or Environmental Social Governance (ESG) investing has certain risks based on the fact that ESG criteria excludes securities of certain issuers for nonfinancial reasons and therefore, investors may forgo some market opportunities and the universe of investments available will be smaller.





Providing advice and guidance through a disciplined, goals-based investment approach

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“Because each institution brings its own interpretation...to its portfolio, each investment thesis is unique, according to James Ryan, an adviser with Merrill's Private Wealth Management Group." 
Wall Street Journal, July 9, 2015

Leveraging our team’s collective experience and diverse backgrounds, we take a holistic approach when advising clients. We recognize that organizations depend on the performance of their investment portfolios to fulfill their mission and goals. However, our work goes beyond investment rate of return.

Assess - Our broad perspective equips us to work with investment committees, boards and trustees to help them more clearly articulate their long-term strategies and understand how certain objectives affect their balance sheet.

Articulate - Listening is crucial, and so is proposing solutions in a clear and concise language. Seldom is the first draft of an asset allocation the most fitting; it takes an honest dialogue between advisor and client to determine which set of solutions has the best fit with the client's time horizon, risk tolerance, liquidity needs, and investment goals.

Define - We believe a portfolio can only serve an organization if the advisors know the goals, mission and aspirations of that organization. This requires extensive probing and listening to discern what the time horizon of both the portfolio and risk profile should be. The time committed to planning the structure of the portfolio is intended to pay dividends for years.

We understand that fiduciaries have a significant responsibility with respect to the assets under their care, yet resources are stretched more thinly than ever. Many organizations do not have the time, resources or expertise required to develop, implement and monitor a disciplined, long-range investment strategy.

Implement - Our team delivers the full global resources of one of the world's most preeminent financial institutions, offering a high level of tailored solutions from a local presence, and serving as an outsourced solution for many clients to leverage.

Review - In a fast-paced world with an ever-changing landscape, we recognize that the consistent reviewing and monitoring of a client's portfolio is important. As part of our process, we provide a holistic review of your portfolio and help ensure relevancy to your goals. The thought leadership we bring to you is integral to the advice we provide and a key factor in the institutionally focused reporting we give to each client.
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"...Advisers who work with impact investors agree that customization is key, even within religious denominations." says James Ryan...."  Institutional Investor - November 3, 2015



*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.

 

Customized advice tailored to meet the needs of each client


"Institutional consulting requires a customized and focused strategy for every client. Our skills, experience and broad perspective equip us to work with diverse investment committees, executives, boards and trustees." 

Courtney Moore, CFP®, CIMA® | Senior Vice President | Private Wealth Advisor | Global Institutional Consultant
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Nonprofit Organizations, Private Foundations and Cultural Institutions


We help nonprofit organizations, private foundations and cultural institutions create customized and forward-thinking investment programs designed to support their mission, investment policy, spending policy and liquidity needs.

Hospitals and Healthcare Systems

We have been working with health care institutions since 1991. We recognize the importance of building and managing different portfolios for specific purposes within the operation of a hospital. We believe that liability-driven investing, compared to traditional investing, may be a valuable way for pension plans to stabilize funding through market cycles. We strive to help pension plans pursue more stability in funded status, required contributions and balance sheet impact.

Faith Based Organizations


We offer experience in helping values-based investors identify and examine areas of interest they might wish to address, including investments based on religious values, human rights, environmental quality and health care so we can build a solid portfolio of investments to support those beliefs.

Wealthy Families

We focus on providing wealthy families and future generations of these clients innovative strategies demanded by the complexities of their substantial wealth. We help integrate investment strategies that reflect the family's misson, fully align each family's financial goals with personal values and help implement long-term legacy considerations.






*Global Institutional Consulting (“GIC”) is part of the Global Wealth and Investment Management business of BofA Corp. Institutional Investments & Philanthropic Solutions (“II&PS”) is part of Bank of America Private Bank, a division of Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC, and a wholly-owned subsidiary of BofA Corp. Trust and fiduciary services and other banking products are provided by wholly-owned banking affiliates of BofA Corp., including Bank of America, N.A. Banking activities may be performed by wholly owned banking affiliates of BofA Corp., including Bank of America, N.A., member FDIC. Brokerage and investment advisory services are provided by wholly owned non-bank affiliates of BofA Corp., including Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (also referred to as “MLPF&S” or “Merrill”), a dually registered broker-dealer and investment adviser and member SIPC.
*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.

Delivering a client-centric service model supported by a dedicated team

Recognition

Merrill is proud of our advisors who’ve received recognition from industry publications. We believe they are setting the standard for exemplary client service.

James T Ryan

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2019

Barron’s America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors:State-by-State 2019

Courtney Moore

Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors in 2019

Barron’s “Top 50 Institutional Consultants” 2019

Barron’s “Top 100 Women Financial Advisors” 2019

Forbes’ “America’s Top Women Wealth Advisors” 2019

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2019

We start with what’s important to you

At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we take the time to listen and learn about the needs and goals of your institution and the people it serves – it’s these real-world insights that guide our solutions and personalized service.

Solutions for Institutions

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Helping institutions meet their investment needs

We put the resources and intellectual capital of Bank of America and Merrill Lynch to work for institutional clients like you by delivering thoughtful advice and sophisticated investment strategies through focused client-centric consulting. We help organizations like yours address today’s complex investment challenges through an integrated, goals-based investment process that enables them to redefine success, manage risk and help fulfill their missions.

Endowments, Foundations and Nonprofits

We understand the issues nonprofits, endowments and foundations address in funding their missions in an ever-changing financial climate. Drawing on the global resources of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, we offer insight, guidance and personalized service to help institutions develop and execute investment strategies focused on what matters most to them and the people they serve.

Consider the broad spectrum of our investment management and advisory solutions, including:

  • Investment consulting services
  • Access to fiduciary asset management
  • Impact investing
  • Board governance and education
  • Fundraising & planned giving strategies
  • Cash and liquidity management
  • Nonprofit industry insights

Impact investing and/or Environmental Social Governance (ESG) investing has certain risks based on the fact that ESG criteria excludes securities of certain issuers for nonfinancial reasons and therefore, investors may forgo some market opportunities and the universe of investments available will be smaller.

Investment Solutions

We provide access to a full suite of investment solutions to help you manage assets for non-profit organizations, foundations, endowments and corporate retirement and pension plans. Our level of involvement is based on your preference — from traditional consulting, to client-directed implementation, to full discretionary outsourced CIO services. We work with your CFO, board of directors and investment committee to develop a tailored investment strategy that is consistent with your culture, goals, preferences and risk profile.

Disciplined Investment Process

We follow a disciplined process that helps to address your organization’s changing needs and provides you with a potentially higher probability of achieving your long-term investment goals.

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Investment Policy Statement Development and Review

Act as liaison between institutional clients and Merrill Lynch’s Investment Policy Statement (IPS) service, which creates and modifies an IPS, based on the client’s investment goals and objectives.

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Strategic Allocation Modeling

Customizable asset allocation based on the Merrill Lynch insightful capital market assumptions.

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Investment Manager Due Diligence

Recommend investment solutions leveraging Merrill Lynch’s thorough and rigorous due diligence process.

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Investment Manager Search and Selection

Advanced portfolio construction techniques combined with client specific objectives and Merrill Lynch’s capital market guidance.

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Portfolio Strategy

Leverage Merrill Lynch’s global intellectual capital including tactical tilts to help increase returns.

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Performance Measurement

Monitor, quantify and evaluate performance to identify opportunities to refine the portfolio’s overall strategy, based on the Investment Policy Statement.

Defined benefit plans

Whether your defined benefit plan is an active part of your overall benefit offering, is closed to new participants, or fully frozen, Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s service model allows you to outsource the many administrative tasks associated with the maintenance of a pension plan to fulfill plan obligations and manage risk.

Key services include:

  • Investment consulting service
  • Open architecture investment management platform
  • Liability driven investment implementation
  • Actuarial services and discretionary investment management

DCIC

To help you meet your fiduciary responsibilities, we can offer investment solutions which are vetted by the investment due diligence process of the Chief Investment Office (CIO). Merrill Lynch will accept ERISA 3(21) fiduciary responsibility for the investment advice provided through DCIC. We believe that putting the expertise of a specialized Merrill Lynch financial advisor to work for your plan is a smart solution to help you meet your fiduciary responsibilities. We can offer thoughtful advice on how to create an investment lineup that fits your organization’s needs, as well as provide support to help manage investments over time.

Additional resources for your organization

When you work with The Ryan Group, you benefit from the experience and knowledge we’ve gained from working with many institutions across the nation. We’ll bring all the latest thinking, insights and research from across Bank of America Corporation:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Commercial Banking (GCB) provides a full range of commercial banking services to help your organization meet today’s challenges head-on and fuel sustainable growth. Specialists are committed to providing institutions like yours with banking solutions, including cash management and lending as well as investment solutions through Merrill Lynch. GCB offers institutions solutions to help increase cash flow, streamline benefits plans and expand geographically. GCB brings clients the full capabilities of Bank of America Corporation and its affiliates paired with local service.

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management (MLWM) provides access to market knowledge and financial experience. Merrill Lynch can help your organization make decisions that suit its needs and goals. Our education and insights can help your organization understand what’s driving today’s markets and tomorrow’s potential global opportunities. MLWM serves clients across the wealth spectrum, with personal advisor relationships that helps each individual investor plan for and pursue their unique financial goals.

“Bank of America Merrill Lynch” is the marketing name for the global banking and global markets businesses of Bank of America Corporation. Lending, derivatives and other commercial banking activities are performed globally by banking affiliates of Bank of America Corporation, including Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC. Securities, strategic advisory, and other investment banking activities are performed globally by investment banking affiliates of Bank of America Corporation (“Investment Banking Affiliates”), including, in the United States, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (MLPF&S) and Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp., both of which are registered as broker-dealers and members of FINRA and SIPC, and, in other jurisdictions, by locally registered entities. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated and Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp. are registered as futures commission merchants with the CFTC and are members of the NFA.

We’re committed to a high standard

Putting clients’ interests first isn’t new, and this isn’t a one-time event. Our clients have been at the center of everything we do since Charles Merrill founded the firm over a hundred years ago

Solutions for Individuals

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A Commitment to Service

Merrill Private Wealth Management is committed to providing a select group of wealthy clients with highly personalized one-on-one service. When you work with us, our knowledgeable, rigorously trained private wealth advisors will gain a deep understanding of your goals, help you develop a multigenerational wealth strategy, help you monitor it and update your strategy as needed. We are committed to providing you access to the investment insights of Merrill and the banking convenience of Bank of America, and we will continue to invest in client tools and new technology to enhance your overall experience as you and your private wealth advisor pursue what’s most important to you.

Corporate Executives

We understand the complexities that come with your executive position and the extreme demands on your time. We can help you develop a customized strategy that your wealth and compensation require. We can help you manage the risk of your concentrated stock position while navigating complex SEC rules, trading restrictions and reporting requirements. If you’ve just been promoted and would like help evaluating your new compensation plan, or if you’re looking to develop a long-term financial strategy for you and your family – designed to enable you to live life as you want it, with reliable access to cash – we can help simplify your financial life, as well as develop new strategies as your career and goals evolve.

Foundations and Endowments

An investment portfolio tailored to your needs is crucial to advancing your organization’s mission and carrying on its important work. We have extensive experience working with endowments and foundations and have a keen understanding of the requirements and responsibilities of board and committee members for investment management and financial oversight. The portfolios we construct are carefully designed to promote stability, efficiency and growth, and to perform effectively under a variety of market conditions. We also offer advice on board governance and reporting, and help in meeting regulatory and operating challenges. We provide access to the customized services your organization needs with discretion and skill.

Intergenerational Family Wealth

Managing your family’s wealth across multiple generations goes beyond protecting and preserving assets, tax minimization strategies and designating heirs. Your goals also likely include passing on values and helping the next generation become effective stewards of wealth. Merrill Private Wealth Management helps a select group of families with personalized wealth transfer strategies, family wealth education and developing and implementing philanthropic visions. In working with you to create strategies that reflect your family’s intentions and help ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes, we proceed in a manner that recognizes the complexities of your life challenges and the unique nature of your goals. Our extensive experience working with other families of significant wealth enables us to see and share best practices to help you achieve them.

Family Offices

As private wealth advisors with Merrill Private Wealth Management, we work with prominent families to help them manage the ongoing complexities of their wealth. Our deep experience with family offices enables us to tailor a range of services to help meet your specific needs. We can provide access to strategies ranging from investment and wealth management to governance, asset custody and administration, as well as assisting in the financial education of younger family members. In working with you to create and implement plans reflecting your specific intentions, our goal is to help your family enterprise succeed, and that your knowledge and values are passed along to the next generation. Together, we will focus on strategies that recognize the unique nature of your family’s mission, history and goals.

Women

As a woman of wealth, you are well aware of how inaccurate stereotypes about gender and money can be. Beyond some specific challenges—for example, planning for the statistical probability of outliving a spouse—managing your wealth means avoiding preconceived assumptions while gaining a full understanding of who you are as an investor and what you want to achieve for your career, your family and your legacy. Merrill Private Wealth Management works with a select group of wealthy individuals and families to help them pursue the goals that matter most to them. We strive to get to know our clients on a personal level so we can offer boutique-like services and the resources of a global firm to create strategies specifically for their life and needs.

Company Founders, Private Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

When you have built your own business, your personal finances and the life of your company are closely intertwined. You may be thinking about how to invest in your company’s growth while also deciding how best to use your personal assets. Helping ensure the future of your business likely involves employee benefits, retirement plans and succession planning. Helping secure your family’s legacy could entail wealth transfer strategies, trusts and philanthropy. Whatever your specific needs, we at Merrill Private Wealth Management can help entrepreneurs and business owners balance their personal financial lives with their life’s work. We are dedicated in providing the experience and resources to help support your ongoing success.

Nonprofit organizations

Your passion drives your organization’s mission, and you depend on an investment portfolio and an effective staff to carry on its important work. As private wealth advisors with Merrill Private Wealth Management, we have experience working with nonprofit organizations. We possess a keen understanding of the challenges you face, including maintaining operational efficiency and productivity through uneven market circumstances, growing competition for donations, and increased fiduciary requirements. Drawing on our extensive capabilities to help you fulfill your organization’s mission, we can provide access to the customized services your organization needs with discretion and skill, such as strategic planning, portfolio management, administrative and board support, and advisory solutions.

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