Daniel Bruns

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Our team shares over 50 years of combined financial services industry experience. Through this experience we have the perspective to guide clients through all types of financial market conditions that only our decades of experience can bring.

As a trusted advisor, I partner with individuals and families to understand their values, prioritize their life goals, and align their investments to help achieve their financial goals with a disciplined investment process.

What this means to our clients is that our proficiency saves them a lot of time. We believe it helps remove uncertainty, provides reassurance and it delivers confidence to their balance sheet.

We are also a financial advocates for our clients as we work together through life transitions like retirements, preparing for retirement, job changes, and loss of a loved one. We help our clients invest for a lifetime.
 
Daniel has obtained the Certified Investment Management Analyst® certification. The CIMA® certification is awarded by the Investments & Wealth Institute™ (The Institute) and taught in conjunction with the Wharton School of Business.

Daniel has also been granted the Accredited Asset Management Specialist℠ designation from the College for Financial Planning. He is focused on identifying opportunities and employing strategies not only in investments, but also in the areas of retirement planning, estate planning services and tax planning services.

Daniel has also earned the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® (CDFA®) designation. The CDFA® designation is awarded by The Institute of Divorce Financial Analysts™.  He focuses on lifestyle transitions and potential settlements related to property division in analyzing pensions, retirement plans and other marital assets.
 
Daniel is a graduate of the Leadership Allen Fairview Class 30. Daniel and his wife, Mindy, live in Allen with their two children, Paxton and Brayson. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking and other outdoor activities.

    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

    Placing the investor at the center of the wealth management process—while maintaining a market focus — is my goal in helping clients through difficult financial transitions and decisions that occur in their lives. I start with a conversation, building a foundation that helps me understand your risk tolerance, time horizon, liquidity needs, goals, priorities and unique financial concerns. From there, disciplined investment strategies can be customized, drawing upon the investment insights of Merrill and access to the banking convenience of Bank of America. As your life and the markets change, we will meet to track and adjust strategy, as needed.

    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, strategies that are 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.

    Approach

    No two investment strategies are alike because no two investors are alike. I'll examine several components - your life priorities, investment personality and financial situation - to help create an actionable strategy with personalized advice and measurable goals. I'll be with you every step of the way, helping you track progress to your goals and working with you to adjust your investment strategy over time, as needed.

    Capabilities

    Using the broad investing resources of Merrill, I can also assist with income management, education funding, retirement 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 other specialists, to help you pursue your goals.

    Focus On Individuals, Families, and Small Businesses

    I believe that true 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

    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.

    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 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.

    <br />Periodic reviews to help you <br /> stay on track

    Periodic 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.

      <br />Monitoring changes in your life<br />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.

      Wealth Management Your Way

      MyMerrill is your online and mobile destination for access to your financial information, secure communications, and a robust offering of tools and capabilities

      It’s easy to seamlessly integrate your Merrill Wealth Management and Bank of America banking accounts online and through our mobile apps with a single click

      You can manage account security with our customizable security capabilities such as Face ID/Touch ID, one time passcode and other security features

      Your advisor is a click away through our Secure Inbox and texting application

      Access to your complete financial life is available with Spending & Budgeting, integrating your Merrill and Bank of America activity into a powerful tool to track your expenses and income

        Let’s Have a Conversation

        I believe it’s important that you seek the advice and guidance of an experienced Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Advisor who can thoughtfully analyze your situation, identify strategies that address your needs, and clearly communicate them to you. We want to work with you to develop your wealth management strategy for the future.

        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 strategy as your life and the markets change.

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