Taking care of your family and other people in your life
- Trust & Estate Services2
- Education Funding Strategies1
Ben Richards, Vice President - Senior Financial Advisor, began his advisory career in 2003 and joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 2011. Ben works with successful individuals, families and business clients, and using holistic approach and innovative strategies, to help connecting the diverse areas of clients’ financial lives to their most important goals. Areas of focus include values based investing, income investing and income distribution planning, charitable and asset transfer strategies and risk management in capital preservation and asset growth. Ben’s background adds a unique and powerful perspective in helping to meet the needs of our clients, and preserving what they’ve built.
Prior to earning his business degree in International Business and Economics at Western Washington University, Ben lived in Norway and was heavily involved in mountaineering and outdoors survival training at Valdres FHS. Ben has served on many boards in the community for childhood education and senior care organizations, contributing his professional talent to the success of their respective missions here locally.
Ben, his wife Jennifer and children Freya and Owen are ever-present at local functions and outdoors enjoying the stunning natural beauty here in the Pacific Northwest.
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.
Western Washington University
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Your life and goals change. We can help you keep track of these changes so they can be reflected in your financial strategy.
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
Helping you reach your goals starts with getting to know you personally. Through understanding what matters most to you, I can help you create a financial strategy that reflects your personality. Only then can I offer an approach that is built around your life priorities and the ongoing advice you need to help you manage fluctuations in the market and changes in your life. Let’s work together to help you achieve your goals.
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.
We put you first, every day.
Getting to know you is our primary goal.
Drawing from our experience and the best thinking of Merrill, we will build a strategy that reflects your unique needs, priorities and financial situation.
We will work to help you stay on track, regardless of what the markets are doing.