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Meet Our Group

Supported by the global resources of Merrill, our group 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.

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Sinota R Fakolujo

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #652348

Christopher Caradec

Christopher Caradec

Trust Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

Michael Zimmerman

Michael Zimmerman

Wealth Management Banking Specialist

Merrill

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

Experience matters and we believe we have the kind of experience that gives us a valuable perspective. Our investment approach is customized to help clients address their unique concerns and goals, one-by-one. We follow Merrill’s goals-based wealth management process to better understand how individuals think and feel about investing which, in turn, helps us assess the financial resources necessary to pursue each specific goal, such as retirement income planning, education funding and wealth transfer. We know the right questions to ask, we offer access to a global network of specialists and research, and we can help create a framework designed to help optimize short- and long-range goals.

Approach

Our approach to investing is grounded in an understanding of you. It all begins with a conversation. We 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. We'll work together with you to understand your investment personality, prioritize your goals and build a financial approach that reflects your needs. We 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.

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.

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.

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.

Trust and fiduciary services are provided by Bank of America Private Bank, a division of Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation (“BofA Corp.”).

Past Events

8000 Days of Retirement from MIT Age Lab & Hartford Funds

February 23rd, 2021|4:30 PM

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. Please join us to learn more about the Four Phases of Retirement.

    A Conversation with Caroline Johnson, author of Jet Girl

    March 23rd, 2021|4:30 PM

    In recognition of International Women’s Day, please join us for an insightful and interactive conversation on leadership, determination and resilience with Caroline Johnson. After spending the last ten years as a Navy F/A-18, Weapons Systems Officer flying in fighter jets, managing programs, and instructing leadership at the US Naval Academy, Caroline shares the leadership lessons she learned in the Navy to educate, empower, and inspire.

      Kentucky Derby Stable Talk

      April 29th, 2021|4:00 PM

      Join Bank of America for Sports Insider Series: Stable Talk, an exclusive look into the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby. Go inside the stables for a look at how elite trainers and jockeys prepare for the “greatest two-minutes in sports.”

        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 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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            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.

            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.

            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.