The Sharpe Group

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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.

Ryan Casey

Ryan Casey

Portfolio Analyst

Andrew McFarland

Andrew McFarland

Insurance Specialist

Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez

Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer, NMLS #620223

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

"Thank you for considering The Sharpe Group to help you manage your wealth.  We help a select group of affluent families, executives, business owners and business entities handle the opportunities and challenges that come with preserving and growing wealth.  Wealth Management is an ongoing process that brings you and your family's goals and aspirations to life. Whether you are in the wealth creation, preservation or transfer stage of your life, we will customize our services and offer sophisticated strategies to help you fulfill your financial objectives.  With over 50 years of combined experience, our breadth and depth of industry knowledge combined with our access to the full resources of Merrill Lynch can help you pursue and maintain your vision of financial success."
Iain A. Sharpe
Managing Director
Wealth Management Advisor







*Source: Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" list, February 2018.
For more information about the selection criteria, go to http://details-he.re/UbRCGT.
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These rankings and ratings are not representative nor indicative of any one client’s experience,
future performance, or investment outcome.

Capabilities

Our years of experience through multiple market fluctuations have helped us understand that we can help you pursue your goals by being consistent in our approach. We'll work with you to build a portfolio strategy that helps you pursue your goals - no matter the financial environment. We'll take into account your objectives, time horizon and liquidity needs and, perhaps most important, your sensitivity to risk and investment personality.

Philosophy

No two people are alike. Consequently, there is no singular wealth management strategy or tactic that is appropriate for everyone. What matters most to us is what matters most to you. Once we get to know you, your priorities, your goals, risk tolerance, time horizons, liquidity needs and what you want to accomplish over time, only then can we help you position yourself to identify and address financial challenges and opportunities. To that end, we will thoughtfully employ our experience and resources to help guide you as you pursue your goals.

Approach

Working with us means working with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors truly dedicated to your success. Our approach is simple, transparent and supported by experienced investment guidance.

We believe our 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

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 strategy.

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 strategy 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.

Retirement Benefits Consultant
As Bank of America Merrill Lynch Retirement Benefits Consultants (RBC), The Sharpe Group is one of select group of highly qualified and credentialed Merrill Lynch advisors focused on defined contribution plans who can add value to your plan by:
  • Offering access to 3(21) fiduciary services1
  • Helping you shape your investment strategies
  • Offering thoughtful advice without a proprietary investment requirement
  • Providing periodic reporting and helping you understand results and measurements to assist you in managing your plan over time
  • Working with you to create a plan that is designed to drive employee engagement and positive participant behavior
  • Assisting in the delivery of employee financial wellness programs and education
  • Helping employees connect their life priorities with their finances to help them pursue what matters most to them
 
 
1 Fiduciary Advisory Services is an investment advisory service sponsored by Merrill Lynch. It will only be offered to defined contribution plans recordkept by Bank of America Merrill Lynch and plans recordkept by our Advisor Alliance providers. It is available for plans up to $500 million in plan assets. For more information on plan eligibility speak to your Merrill Lynch advisor.

Upcoming Events

Business Retirement Plans

Caracol Restaurant, 2200 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 160, Houston, TX 77056

March 28th, 2019|11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CST

Do you need help evaluating your company's existing retirement plan? Are you looking for a plan that can help you attract and retain key employees? Learn about the full suite of retirement strategies from Merrill Lynch.

  • Lunch

For more information: 713-840-4777 or Gorana.Tosic@ml.com

Outlook 2019 Powerful Waves of Change

Pappadeaux Seafood, 12711 US 59, Stafford, TX 77477

April 4th, 2019|11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Economic, political, demographic and psychological changes are converging and having a profound impact on the economy and the markets.  We will discuss the trends and events you should be paying attention to this year.

  • Lunch

For more information: 713-840-4722 or Helen_Brown@ml.com

Outlook 2019 - Powerful Waves of Change

Pappadeaux Seafood, 12711 US-59, Stafford, TX 77477

April 11th, 2019|6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CST

Economic, political, demographic and psychological changes are converging and having a profound impact on the economy and the markets.  We will discuss the trends and events you should be paying attention to this year.

  • Dinner

For more information: 713-840-4722 or Helen_Brown@ml.com

Your Financial Strategy

We offer you access to the investing insights of Merrill, as well as banking, trust and fiduciary services from 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
FAMILY
Taking care of your family and other people in your life
  • Trust & Estate Services2
  • Education Funding Strategies1
  • Insurance3
HEALTH
HEALTH
Planning for healthcare expenses now and in the future
  • Long-term Care Insurance3
  • Health Savings Account2
  • Disability Insurance3
HOME
HOME
Upsizing, downsizing, remodeling or buying a vacation home
  • Home Loans2
  • Home Equity Lines of Credit2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Credit Cards2
WORK
WORK
Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Bank of America Business Banking2
  • Exchange Funds1
  • Concentrated Stock Management1
  • Succession Planning1
LEISURE
LEISURE
Spending your free time in meaningful ways
  • Credit Cards2
  • Securities-Based Lending2
  • Structured Lending2
GIVING
GIVING
Volunteering, mentoring others and giving to charities
  • Donor-Advised Funds2
  • Private Foundations2
  • Charitable Trusts2
FINANCE
FINANCE
Using your finances to bring it all together
  • Merrill Lynch 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

1Investment products are offered by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.
2Banking products are offered by Bank of America, N.A.
3Insurance and annuity products offered through Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.

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 strategy, our goal is to help you stay on track to achieve what's most important to you.

Regular reviews to help you stay on track
Regular reviews to help you stay on track

We'll meet with you periodically to review your goals and the progress you’ve made toward reaching them. We'll also discuss any adjustments needed to your financial strategy to help you stay on course.

    Monitoring changes in your life and to your goals
    Monitoring changes in your life and to your goals

    Your life and goals change. We can help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial strategy.

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    Access to what you need, when you need it

    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

    • Your advisor is never more than a click away within our site or mobile apps
    • 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

    *Peace of mind is an aspirational state of mind that clients hope to achieve. There are no guaranteed results following completion of the Goals-Based Wealth Management process because markets can fluctuate and investments can lose value. Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors work with clients to help them understand how the goals based wealth management process can help to address their concerns, financial situation and priorities.

    Let’s Have a Conversation

    There is no substitute for a one-on-one relationship with a Merrill Lynch financial advisor committed to your needs – a caring advisor who can leverage the investment insights of Merrill Lynch and access to the banking convenience of Bank of America to help clients face today’s financial and economic landscape. Let’s work together to help you achieve your goals.

    Why Merrill Lynch?

    As Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisors, we will sort through the financial complexities of your life, helping you build a customized investment strategy to 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.

    Getting to know you is our primary goal.

    A comprehensive approach, built around your life’s priorities.

    Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.

    Adjusting your plan as your life and the markets change.

    We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.