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The Welde Group

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As a multigenerational family business, our commitment to helping your family extends to future generations. It is our steadfast goal to develop and maintain long-term relationships and to be a valued resource for you and your family—today and tomorrow.
A Family Business Helping Families

With more than 100 years of collective experience, The Welde Group has provided clients with individually tailored advice and personalized service since 1988. As a multigenerational family team, we blend our skills to give us a collective insight into the challenges of wealth management at every stage of your life.

We appreciate that our clients have limited time to spend on their complex financial matters. As a single point of contact for all of your investment and banking needs, with banking services available through Bank of America, N.A., we can help simplify your financial life and set the stage for better financial decisions surrounding your overall wealth management.

As business owners, we understand the unique challenges facing entrepreneurs. We can provide you with strategic advice and guidance on such issues as growing your business, realizing its value through a sale and maintaining family ownership. We also are well versed in helping you plan for the retirement of your dreams. Together, we will work with you to develop a customized strategy that takes your unique retirement goals and entire financial picture into account. 

We are proud of the strong connections we’ve developed with clients and their families over the years and pledge to remain a constant in your life and in the lives of your children and grandchildren.

Philosophy

It’s important to plan for your financial future, which means getting more than investment advice. We believe you may find value in a one-on-one relationship with someone dedicated to knowing who you are and what you want to accomplish. Someone who knows your kids’ names, how hard you worked to get where you are, how you define a successful life and how you view investing. Our commitment is centered in helping clients achieve their goals by making their needs and wants a priority. Our advice and financial approach are guided by what’s important to you, and our success is defined by your satisfaction over time.

Approach

Working with us means working with advisors truly dedicated to your success. Our approach is simple, transparent and supported by thoughtful investment guidance. Helping you pursue your goals starts with getting to know you and your family. Our job is to understand what matters most to you. We’ll work together to create a financial approach that reflects your investment personality and is built around your priorities. You’ll receive advice to help you navigate changes in your life.

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 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.

Capabilities

Using the broad investing resources of Merrill, we can also assist with potential solutions for income management, education funding, retirement income planning, and guidance for executives with concentrated stock positions, traditional and alternative investments, wealth transfer and estate planning services. And with your permission we can also work closely with your other professionals, such as attorneys, accountants and specialists, to help you pursue your goals.

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

Focus On High-Net-Worth Individuals and Business Owners

We  offer clients a breadth of potential solutions, premier customer service and financial tools based on their unique circumstances.

No matter what your goals may be, we begin by helping you define and prioritize your financial goals based on the following seven areas:

  • 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'll also draw on our industry knowledge and experience to offer:
  • Potential risk management solutions
  • Trust and estate planning services
  • Potential wealth management solutions
  • Access to Bank of America for your credit and banking needs
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.

Recognition

Merrill is proud of our advisors who’ve received recognition from financial industry publications or directly from Bank of America Corporation. We believe they are setting the standard for exemplary client service.

Patrick J Welde

Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors”  2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022

Patrick D Welde

Forbes/SHOOK “America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors” 2018

Forbes "Best-in-State Next Generation Wealth Advisors" in 2019

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.

Christopher Caradec

Wealth Strategist

Merrill

Elizabeth M Burlinson

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer

Bank of America, N.A.

NMLS #364508

James F Ade

Retirement Specialist

Bank of America, N.A.

Past Events

Cyber security in an unproven world

May 24th, 2022|5:30 PM EST

Protecting our company and our clients from cyber crime remains one of our top priorities at Merrill and Bank of America.

Part of our commitment to you is keeping you up-to-date on the cyber security trends we’re seeing.

Please join us for an informational session on cyber security. Learn about the latest cyber scams, how they work and most importantly, the ways you can help keep your family, business and personal financial matters cyber secure.

Topics

  • Current state of cyber security in the world
  • Today’s most prominent threats and the future landscape
  • How to create your own digital defense with tools you already own

Date
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Time
5:30 p.m. Eastern | 2:30 p.m. Pacific

    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

        We believe it’s important that you seek the advice and guidance of an experienced financial advisor who can thoughtfully analyze your situation, work with you to identify potential solutions that address your needs, and clearly communicate them to you. We want to work with you to develop your wealth management approach for the future.

        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.



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        No question too big or moment too small

        For every question you have, every decision you make and every answer you need, we are with you to listen and help guide you along the many paths your life can take. Watch this video to see some questions we can address together.

        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.