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In an impressive career that’s spanned decades and generations of client families, Charles puts discipline and devotion at the center of a client-centric wealth management approach. Among those he serves are corporate executives (many with stock options and concentrated stock), entrepreneurs and attorneys, retirees, ambitious millennials, independent men and women, and a growing number of divorced persons and widows.

“I’m a ‘belt and suspenders’ advisor who enjoys helping clients preserve assets and make wise decisions,” Charles explains. “I especially want to be sure that clients’ lifestyles can be sustained in retirement, after losing a spouse, or following divorce. For smart people who want to collaborate and appreciate the value I can offer, I’m proud to support their best interest.”

Charles supplements his deep experience with the many books and periodicals he reads on investing and keeping abreast of the markets and economy. Tailoring each strategy to allow for as much input as a client wishes to provide, Charles believes in practicing empathetic listening and presenting concise explanations. In doing more for fewer clients, Charles says, “There’s no substitute for face-to-face meetings, whether clients have time at 9am or 9pm. Things come up in-person that may not be revealed over the phone. Having a client’s attention – and their spouse’s – can result in more meaningful outcomes.”

Using Merrill research portfolios and selected outside managers, Charles formulates tailored client portfolios with a blend of asset classes – including equities, fixed income, mutual funds, and municipal bonds, in particular. Charles maintains that the most viable financial strategies evolve over time and require ongoing review of a client’s health and other factors.
|“Being proactive, collaborative, and respectful are cornerstones of my philosophy," Charles points out. "I offer input without dictating and respect clients’ decisions. I’m also happy to do the legwork – evaluating an investment opportunity, reviewing trust documents, or offering my perspective to a child looking at colleges. What I do is a privilege. I feel like clients and their families are members of mine. In my client relationships, I look to create a synergy."

"My whole approach is based on being a genuine and caring person.", Charles emphasizes.


PERSONAL PROFILE

Charles joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2008 for the vast resources he could “bring to the table.” To enhance both sides of clients’ balance sheets, Charles is an active liaison between clients and specialists throughout Bank of America N.A. Looking forward with clients to satisfy their wishes for children and grandchildren, he often works closely with Merrill Trust specialists on crafting estate-planning strategies.

Charles attended the University of Chicago. He has served a loyal and growing circle of client families for more than 25 years, at three other global financial institutions.

Charles is a specially qualified Senior Portfolio Advisor who, in addition to providing traditional advice and guidance, can draw from his experience to help clients pursue their objectives by building and managing custom investment strategies, selecting from a wide range of Merrill model portfolios and third-party investment strategies. When servicing clients through the firm’s Investment Advisory Program, a Senior Portfolio Advisor may manage those strategies on a discretionary basis.

Charles and his wife, Diane, are proud parents of three young children – two adopted from South Korea and Russia. When he’s not chasing after them, Charles remains physically active at his local gym and practicing martial arts. Once the kids are asleep, Charles and Diane enjoy intellectual conversation, classic movies and fine dining.



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I follow the deep-seated Merrill tradition of participating in the communities we serve. This drives my interest in spending time volunteering with organizations in our community.

  • LANGUAGES

    English

  • EDUCATION

    Ardsley High School

    University of Chicago

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

My mission, first and foremost, is to understand you and what matters most to you. To take the time to ask hard, smart questions and listen carefully, then understand in great detail, exactly where your wealth stands today and where you’d like it to be tomorrow. I then help you design and implement a customized wealth management approach that helps you and your family pursue personal financial goals while helping manage investment risk. My approach is about designing potential solutions to help turn goals into reality.

Philosophy

I believe the best financial strategy is the one that helps you pursue your goals. That's why, from the start, we talk about your aspirations and encourage you to ask questions about issues that matter most to you. Worried about managing future health care expenses? College on the horizon? Considering the sale of a business or purchase of a home? Preparing to pass your wealth to future generations? With access to the investment insights of Merrill and the banking convenience of Bank of America, I will work with you to develop strategies designed to help address your financial needs.

Approach

My approach to investing is grounded in an understanding of you. It all begins with a conversation. I take the time to get to know you — your kids' names, how hard you worked to get where you are and how you define success. I'll work together with you to understand your investment personality, prioritize your goals and build a financial approach that reflects your needs. I believe investors can benefit from our advice, access to the investment insights offered by Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank and the banking convenience of Bank of America. When it comes to your success, there’s only one financial approach that really matters — yours.

Capabilities

My process is designed to help deliver a customized, consistent experience to assist clients not only in wealth accumulation and preservation, but in areas that go beyond investments. My ability to provide access to the investment insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, and the banking convenience and lending solutions of Bank of America offers a way to help clients manage all of the pieces of their financial lives. I view myself as a financial resource, helping clients with potential solutions for transferring wealth to the younger generation.

Focus On Individuals and Families

I can offer advice and guidance designed to assist you in making investment-related decisions and trade-offs that can help you reach personally meaningful goals.  So whether you’re planning your retirement, saving to buy a home or fund a child’s education, I’ll start by getting to know you and how you feel about the following seven life priorities.:

  • 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

 

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 give you a sense of the full assessment and 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.

Your Financial Approach

We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill, trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank, 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.

FAMILY
Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Planning Services4
  • Education Funding1
  • Insurance3
HEALTH
Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
HOME
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
WORK
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
LEISURE
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
GIVING
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds4
  • Private Foundations4
  • Charitable Trusts4
FINANCE
Using your finances to bring it all together
  • Merrill 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

1 Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
2 Banking, mortgage and home equity products offered by Bank of America, N.A.
3 Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.
4 Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Bank of America Private Bank.

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.


Periodic 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.


    Monitoring 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.

    Wealth Management Your Way

    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, I can help you create a financial strategy that reflects your personality. Only then can I 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?

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


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      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 help you 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.