The SMS Group

Merrill Lynch

The SMS Group

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Merrill Lynch
Wealth Management
With our more than 40 years of combined experience at Merrill Lynch, clients have asked us to guide them through a number of economic and market conditions as well as the dynamic changes in their personal lives.

We look forward to showing how our insight and experience can work for you and your family.

The SMS Group

An experienced team dedicated to helping clients pursue their goals

Since 1998, The SMS Group at Merrill Lynch has offered successful corporate executives, entrepreneurs, affluent families and retirees a variety of customized and innovative strategies to help them manage their financial lives. Our approach is designed to help families prepare and enjoy their financial future.

Our goal is to offer a quality service experience that clients and their children will value now and into the future. Frequency of meetings and client communication are individually tailored. We utilize this opportunity to review financial outlook, progress to goals and discuss appropriate strategy-based recommendations.

The SMS Group connects clients to the global investing insights of Merrill Lynch and access to the banking convenience of Bank of America. The resources our team has access to are broad and deep.


In 1914, Charles Merrill said, “The interests of our customers must come first.” That’s a commitment that we still honor today. We feel Charles Merrill would be gratified to see how the business he founded continues to place a premium on service and commitment. With the investment insights of Merrill, and with access to the banking convenience of Bank of America, we can deliver services that can help you address virtually every financial challenge you face.


Investment strategies customized to individual objectives

We understand that markets will cycle over time. We also understand that each and every client is unique. Therefore our investment strategy recommendations are driven by client goals, risk tolerance, time horizon, and liquidity needs. Every investment recommendation has a specific role designed to help clients move one step closer to their goals.

We believe that asset allocation is an important driver behind investment performance over time. We work to help create a customized asset allocation strategy that is specific to client goals and needs. We look to reduce portfolio volatility by accessing hundreds of investment managers and diversifying over a number of asset types. These include cash, bonds, stocks, commodities, real estate and other alternative investments.

Our process provides for periodic rebalancing of portfolios and maintaining regular portfolio reviews to measure client progress relative to goals and objectives. Monitoring changes in both the markets and clients' personal lives enables us to address any unexpected challenges in a timely manner.

Along with our standard investment platforms, we also offer clients the option to participate in our discretionary investment program. Jerry and Greg are qualified portfolio managers who, in addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, can help clients pursue their objectives by building and managing their own personalized or defined strategies, which may incorporate individual stocks and bonds, Merrill Lynch model portfolios, and third-party investment strategies. When servicing clients through the firm’s Investment Advisory Program, portfolio managers may manage their strategies on a discretionary basis. This discretion allows them to respond to market changes, price volatility and global events, as well as changes in your personal circumstances, to help you stay on track to help meet your financial goals. Clients, we believe, find this flexibility beneficial to their managing for risk.

*Some or all alternative investments may not be suitable for certain investors. Certain alternative investments carry significant risk and are not subject to the same regulatory oversight as mutual funds and other traditional investments.  For these reasons, access to alternative investments may be limited to investors who are designated as sophisticated, high-net-worth investors.

Retirement planning services to help clients enjoy the life they've built

Many retirees wonder if their money will last through retirement. Utilizing the refined analytical tools of Merrill Lynch and our extensive experience and skills, we help clients assess the appropriate approach to retirement. This helps clients remain on track toward their specific retirement goals.

Our team assists clients in organizing their financial lives. Working to consolidate assets as part of an overall retirement income and wealth transfer strategy can create cost efficiency and bring clarity to the wealth management process.

At any moment, the unexpected can occur. Our team works with clients to develop contingencies to deal with the loss of primary income, long-term illness or disability. We also suggest various insurance strategies that can help mitigate the impact of an unforeseen event.

  • By offering strategies that include access to cash management, credit and lending through Bank of America, we can help create an individualized financial strategy designed to meet liquidity needs, everyday expenses, big purchases and unexpected events—all without disrupting your long-term investment strategy.Gregory Schaller, CRPC® | Senior Vice President | Senior Financial 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.

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.

Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Services2
  • Education Funding Strategies1
  • Insurance3
Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds2
  • Private Foundations2
  • Charitable Trusts2
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.


      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.