Investing: Where do I even start?

In this #WomenInvested Meet Up, hear tips on how to begin your investing journey – or take it to the next level

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Investing: Where do I even start?

In this #WomenInvested Meet Up, hear tips on how to begin your investing journey – or take it to the next level

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Merrill Lynch

The Bates Caputo Group

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Our team is comprised of talented and experienced financial advisors who are committed to building strong relationships with you based on trust and one-on-one collaboration.

Welcome

The Bates Caputo Wealth Management Group delivers long-term financial strategies for high-net-worth clients using Merrill Lynch Wealth Management’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.

Philosophy

“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 Wealth Management and Bank of America Private Bank (formerly 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 appropriate 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.”

Approach

Every relationship begins with a conversation, helping you identify and prioritize which goals matter most to you. Whether it's transferring wealth to the next generation, customizing your financial approach to help you pursue your passions, or providing advice and guidance to help you stay informed, we start by listening to learn more about you and your family.

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.

Capabilities

Merrill’s process is designed to help deliver a customized, comprehensive experience to assist you not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond investments. Providing you with access to the investment insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, and the banking and lending solutions of Bank of America offers a way to help you manage all of the pieces of your financial life. Working one-on-one with a Merrill advisor means you have a single point of contact to help you with potential strategies for transferring wealth to the younger generation.

Focus On Corporate Executives

For corporate executives, we offer guidance for diversification* of concentrated stock positions. Business owners receive the assistance needed to build company benefit plans and access to Bank of America for help in addressing cash flow, lending needs and other bank-related needs. Those corporate executives nearing retirement are provided with insight from which to consider inflation, health care costs and other factors to help you pursue your desired lifestyle. The team is available to talk with you and explore potential strategies available to you.

*Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.

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.

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.

Jonathan Barry Rank

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #642155

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 we can help you create a financial approach that reflects your personality. Only then can we 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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      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.