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The Bates Caputo Wealth Management Group delivers long-term financial strategies for high-net-worth clients using Merrill Lynch’s impressive suite of resources. Prior to the founding of the group, John and Scott spent a combined 30 years in the investment banking groups of several prominent global financial institutions. During that time, they worked with institutional investors in the fixed income, commodity and equity divisions of those firms. Today, The Bates Caputo Group caters to individuals who can appreciate its deep knowledge of capital markets while providing a distinct level of acumen and service.
“Our banking backgrounds taught us the value of servicing clients. We strive to earn the trust of our clients who can benefit from the sum of our experiences,” John says. “Additionally, the combination of Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust represents a compelling platform for clients to draw upon. We feel the firm is well positioned to deliver banking, trust and investment advice in a coherent and coordinated way. The synergy across the firm is strong and clients are experiencing it.”
On behalf of a diverse clientele – family offices, private equity, hedge fund and banking professionals, as well as business owners, foundations and endowments – The Bates Caputo Wealth Management Group incorporates long term strategies as a core tenet of its investment process. Through an initial survey and several conversations, John and Scott seek to gain a good sense of a client’s goals, life priorities and investment knowledge. This allows John and Scott to use their understanding of a client’s framework to craft wealth preservation and transfer strategies that can benefit future generations. Once completed, this allows the team to customize a risk-adjusted portfolio for each client. Efforts are also made to identify suitable lending opportunities for clients by providing access to Bank of America, N.A.
“Whether speaking to our primary contact, a spouse or grown child, we want to help ensure that wealth is optimized and passed along efficiently,” Scott says. “As each relationship develops, we often coordinate with a family’s CPA or attorney – in the event that a new legal construct, such as a trust, is introduced. Being an architect of a well-balanced, thoughtfully conceived wealth management strategy demands our considerable effort and ongoing focus.”
We begin every relationship with a conversation, helping you to identify and prioritize which goals matter most to you. Whether that's transferring wealth to the next generation, customizing financial strategies that help you pursue your passions, or simply providing advice and guidance to help you stay informed, we start by listening to learn more about you.
Merrill Lynch developed the Investment Personality Assessment to help us get to know your investing preferences. By gaining a deeper understanding of how you think and feel about investing through this assessment, we can help customize the financial strategy we develop together.
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.
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.
Our process is designed to deliver a customized, consistent experience to assist clients not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond portfolio management. Our ability to provide access to the investment insights of Merrill Lynch and the banking convenience of Bank of America offers a way for clients to manage all of the pieces of their financial lives. We can be a financial resource, helping clients with the process of transferring wealth to the younger generation.
For corporate executives, we offer guidance for diversification strategies for concentrated stock positions. For business owners, we can help them build company benefit plans and provide access to Bank of America for help in addressing cash flow, lending needs and other challenges. For those nearing retirement, we consider inflation, health care costs and other factors to help them achieve desired lifestyles. We talk with clients periodically and proactively explore opportunities with them.
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.
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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.
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3Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.
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.
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.
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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*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.
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.
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Getting to know you is our primary goal.
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.
We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.