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Recognition

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James Wolf

Forbes "Best-in-State Next Generation Wealth Advisors" in North Carolina, in 2019

Profile

James Wolf has been in the financial services industry since 2007 and joined Merrill in 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. James is a senior member of The Anderson Wolf Godsey Group that has over 90 years of experience.

He focuses on developing strategies for high-net-worth individuals, their families and their businesses to help them pursue their financial goals. He addresses the various aspects of client’s financial lives – family, home, health, giving, work, leisure, and finances. James creates a working list of client objectives including investments, tax minimization, retirement assets and lending services to craft strategies designed to help clients with a clear path to build, manage, and preserve their wealth for current and future generations to come.

His goal is to bring simplicity and clarity to client’s financial lives. He works closely with your attorneys, tax professionals, and business insurance experts.





*Banking products and services provided by Bank of America, N.A.

James is President of the Charlotte Gamecock Club and MyCarolina Alumni Association. He is also a member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, SC Alpha Alumni Association, Cystic Fibrosis Standout Charlotte, and Gamecock Club Board of Directors. He supports many other charities as well.

  • EDUCATION

    University of South Carolina - Columbia

  • AWARDS

    Forbes "Best-in-State Next Generation Wealth Advisors"

Professional Staff

Supported by the global resources of Merrill, my team is comprised of talented and experienced individuals committed to building strong client relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Additional Resources

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Ryan Thrower

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Structured Credit Executive

Bank of America, N.A.

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

We make it a point to understand what matters most to each client, whether they’re a retired teacher or selling their company.

- What will they need to live on and to help their children?
- Have they structured their assets to serve their goals?
- Can they afford to buy a second home?
- How should they support causes near and dear and what about their legacy?

It’s about understanding the goals they have for their money. More than just serving his clients as their financial advisor, James believes his clients view his team as their financial infrastructure - providing daily guidance to asset management, banking needs, and family and estate planning services.

Our Philosophy

We believe that communication is crucial to success in managing life’s challenges. That’s why we work to engage families in the financial decision-making process. Communicating openly with family members on the sometimes difficult subject of wealth can be a challenge. We can help facilitate these discussions and offer opportunities to educate the younger generation on all aspects of their finances and affairs.

The clients we serve tend to have more opportunities because they have a drive to create more opportunities. Such ability and sophistication, however, requires a financial infrastructure that handles the full range of clients' day-to-day needs discreetly and efficiently. Our objective is to bring greater ease and efficiency throughout the entire financial life of a client with a concierge-like level of responsiveness. That's what professional, structured wealth management could do for you.

Our team can serve your entire family. We can help various members with their individual financial considerations, while keeping true to the overall structure we've helped you design for your family's wealth.

Approach

I believe an effective approach to wealth management requires working closely with you to help identify and define your goals.

My  job is to first understand what matters most to you. We will work together to create a financial approach that reflects your investment personality and is built around your life priorities.

My approach is to help you pursue your goals by providing customized service and potential investment solutions. Whether you are focused on building, preserving or transferring wealth we are committed to helping you address your financial objectives at every stage of your life.

Capabilities

You can’t feel good about your finances unless you know exactly where you are, where you want to go, and how much you may need to get there. I work with you to develop a customized financial strategy, drawing on the best thinking of our firm, to help you with your financial future. I will manage all aspects of your relationship, making it clear what you’re paying for and what you’re getting. As your life and the markets change, we can meet from time-to-time to help make sure you’re on track in pursuing your goals and to adjust your strategy as needed for the journey ahead.

Focus On High-Net-Worth Individuals and Families

We’re fully versed in the many issues that affect wealth management. No matter what your short- and long-term goals may be, we’ll begin by getting to know you as we explore the following seven priorities together:

  • 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 and giving to charities
  • Work: Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Finance: Bringing it all together; defining your financial goals
We work closely with other professionals to help clients pursue their wealth management goals, drawing on the investment insights of Merrill and offering access to the banking convenience of Bank of America as we do so.

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 approach, 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, together I can help you create a financial approach that reflects your personality. Only then can I 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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      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.

      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.