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Decker, Harth & Swavely

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Wealth Management

Whatever your personal goals may be, we will work with you to develop a personalized financial approach designed to help you pursue what’s most important to you.

Decker, Harth & Swavely

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Welcome

At Decker, Harth & Swavely, we focus on becoming an essential resource in our clients' lives. We deliver the broad resources of one of the world's most prestigious wealth management firms and service that puts the client first. 

Our team is focused on providing a customized "goals based" experience for clients. We work with families, business owners and executives throughout the country. Many loyal clients have been with us for many years, for two or even three generations, and often are referred to us from family, friends and colleagues. 

We help you pursue your goals. Our five step process includes helping you assess your current financial situation, establish and prioritize goals, define a goals-based approach, help implement an investment process based on your need for wealth preservation and periodically review progress towards your goals. Our ability to ask the appropriate questions and listen to clients is the foundation for those relationships, bound by personal connections. 

Decker, Harth & Swavely delivers a wealth of knowledge and over thirty five years of combined experience to help address clients' wealth management needs. We regularly review and adapt our strategies in accordance to market changes and demands in our industry, but one thing remains the same, our focus is on helping clients pursue their personal financial goals.

Approach

Working with us means working with advisors truly dedicated to your success. Our approach is simple, transparent and supported by thoughtful investment guidance.

We believe clients realize the full value of our relationship, including:

  • helping you make significant decisions
  • recognizing your life priorities and goals
  • understanding your investment personality
  • helping you prioritize and pursue goals
  • being transparent by making possibilities, fees and risks clear
  • taking steps to help you preserve income during a life challenge
  • educating the younger generation about investments and the markets

Capabilities

Our 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. Our 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. We view ourselves as a financial resource, helping clients with potential solutions for transferring wealth to the younger generation.

Focus On Individuals and Families

We 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, We’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

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.

Philosophy

Life is always changing and growing more complex. Your needs and priorities specific to your family, work, health and home are continuously evolving. And since your finances are so deeply connected with the rest of your life, an investment approach that is specific to your unique situations can be helpful. Even if you’re accustomed to managing your wealth on your own, you may find value in having a relationship with someone who understands your priorities and who has the knowledge and resources to help you make more informed decisions, no matter where in your life you are.

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.

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.

Michael Zimmerman

Michael Zimmerman

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

Merrill

Christopher Caradec

Christopher Caradec

Trust Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

James F Ade

James F Ade

Retirement Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

Past Events

8,000 Days of Retirement

February 23rd, 2021|4:30 PM - 5:30 PM EST

With today’s rising lifespans, we could be facing roughly 20 or more years in retirement, which is approximately 8,000 days. Once thought of this way, it becomes clearer that retirement is not an end, but rather a new, complex, and unknown phase of life, during which so much could happen.
 
It’s often asked, “What will you do on Day One of your retirement?” Most clients have a clear image of Day One. Maybe even Day 1,001. But few can imagine 8,000 days of golf, and even fewer have a vision of what they will be doing on any given day—such as Day 4,567. 
 
Instead of planning for ‘retirement’ as a single state, it may be beneficial to reframe the conversation to reflect a four-phased concept of retirement. Each is characterized by the tasks and issues individuals are most likely to be managing. The four retirement phases enable a clear vision to plan and to anticipate what is likely to come.
 
Please contact jonathan.m.swavely@ml.com for registration details.
 

 

    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.

    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
    FAMILY
    Taking care of your family and other people in your life
    • Trust & Estate Planning Services4
    • Education Funding1
    • Insurance3

    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 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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        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.

        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.

        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.