Midyear Outlook 2022: Turning volatility into opportunity

Midyear Outlook 2022: Turning volatility into opportunity

Chris Hyzy, Chief Investment officer for Merrill and Bank of America Private Bank sits down with special guest Ian Bremmer, President, Eurasia Group and GZERO Media plus experts from BofA Global Research to discuss what they’re watching for in the second half of the year that could affect the markets and bring potential new opportunities.

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Kathryn(Kate)O'Dell Bailey, CRPC®, CRPS®, ADPA®,CPFA®
Vice President
Senior Financial Advisor
Portfolio Advisor

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Tallan Financial Center
Two Union Square, Suite 400
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402
Direct:423 752 3638
Toll Free:800 284 4548
Fax:423 933 2397

     Katie joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2006 after a 20-year career in asset management and entrepreneurship. Her mission is to help individuals, businesses, and families preserve and grow their assets by providing wealth management strategies and retirement advice that will help them pursue their short-term and long-term financial goals. She believes in building strong client relationships based on proven strategies, sound advice and hands on customer service.
     Part of helping clients clarify their financial vision is creating a strategic road map, a goals based wealth management plan that will help them achieve their goals. As part of this process, Katie taps into the financial tools and resources of Merrill to help design the most appropriate strategies for clients.
      A competitive athlete, Katie has held a national ranking in tennis. She remains an avid tennis player and served on the Chattanooga Tennis Foundation Board of Directors. She graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and earned an MBA from the University of Tennessee. She also holds a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor Designation, Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor designation, the Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist designation, and the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor Designation.

Customized Strategies Tailored for You

As an experienced professional in the financial services industry, I pride myself on taking a personal interest in each client, listening to them carefully and creating strategies customized to their specific vision. I serve a small, select client group that includes professionals, business owners, women in transition, domestic partnerships and retirees. Each client is different, and the relationships I build will be based on the profound respect I feel for their individual financial circumstances.

My investing philosophy is to position clients for the long-term. With reviews and frequent client contact, adjustments can be made when changes in a person’s circumstances demand it, to keep a portfolio aligned with evolving needs.
Knowing that clients rely so deeply on their savings to fund educations for their children, or to retire comfortably when the time comes, I put in the time required to seek out opportunities that move them closer to their goals.

I am prepared to spend significant time to help determine which financial services and capital strategies benefit you the most. Many of my clients are in transition—retirees, career changes, divorcees, widows and inheritors. I strive to serve each one with close attention, sensitivity and discretion. I use my extensive experience to offer strategies for clients needing to grow assets or create a cash flow from existing assets. As many clients reach the stage where they want their adult children involved, I can coordinate the needs of these multigenerational relationships, providing continuity for families. I want to continue to build a business based on candid, caring communication, personalized strategies and deep bonds.

I help clients not just by picking investments but by keeping you invested during times of volatility, creating effective asset allocation models, helping to liquidate investments in retirement tax efficiently.

I give advice about commercial and residential lending(NMLS 590295),employee benefits, credit and debt, insurance and estate planning services. If it has to do with money and how to make more of it, keep more of it or spend it down, that's what I strive to do for clients.

When you have a situation in your life that has to do with wealth and how to use it, you need a trusted advisor. I would like to discuss the opportunity to fill that role for you and your family.

When is the best time to talk with me ........ yesterday.

I look forward to your call.

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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.


    Girls Preparatory School

    Mercer University

    University of Tennessee System

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.

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


As a Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor, I offer advice based on your goals and priorities– for yourself, your family, and your business. Our goals-based wealth management approach places the investor at the center of our focus, not the market. I can help you understand the pros and cons of every decision and maintain discipline so you can pursue your goals. As your needs or market conditions change, I will continue to work with you to agree upon adjustments to your investment approach.


I begin every relationship with a conversation, helping you identify and prioritize which goals matter most to you. Whether it's transferring wealth to the next generation, customizing your financial approach to help you pursue your passions, or providing advice and guidance to help you stay informed, I start by listening to learn more about you and your family.

Drawing upon research in the field of behavioral finance, Merrill developed the Investment Personality Assessment to help me get to know you better as an investor and help you refine your investing preferences. Together, I can help customize your investment approach. Using an understanding of your priorities and investment personality as a foundation, I help you access the full breadth of resources from Bank of America’s banking products and services and Merrill’s investment insights to address all aspects of your financial life.


We believe that to feel good about your finances, you need to 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 approach, drawing on the best thinking of our firm, to help you with your financial future. I will make it clear what you’re paying for and what you’re getting. As your life needs and market conditions change, we can meet to help make sure you’re on track in pursuing your goals and to adjust your approach as needed for the journey ahead.

Focus On Individuals, Families, and Small Businesses

I believe that financial success can be achieved when you’re able to make 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 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.

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.


We live in a world that's constantly changing. Markets can fluctuate frequently. Potential investment opportunities can arise daily. Regulations are amended. That's why I believe that you and your situation are the best starting points from which to help plan your financial future: where you are today, where you want to be tomorrow, and what you want to accomplish along the way. Because by understanding you and your priorities, I can more effectively offer my experience and resources and help you build a financial framework that is rooted in the unique complexities of your life.

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.


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      We believe there is no substitute for having a relationship with a team of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors committed to your needs, who can leverage the investment insights of Merrill and offer access to the banking convenience of Bank of America to help clients navigate the financial and economic landscapes. Let’s work together to help you pursue 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.


      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.