The Bono & Kline GroupHeadquartered in Washington, D.C. we are a private wealth management team within the Private Banking and Investment Group at Merrill Lynch. We cater to a national clientele demonstrating an ingrained service mindset that we believe differentiates and defines us. We bring deep experience and tactical insight to the complexities of significant wealth. Our size and collaborative approach allow us to drive value in ways that we simply could not do alone. We are firm believers in the benefit of applied knowledge; our clients benefit from the synthesis of our strengths, complementary skills and collective acumen.
A Commitment to Service
Merrill Private Wealth Management is committed to providing a select group of wealthy clients with highly personalized one-on-one service. When you work with us, our knowledgeable, rigorously trained private wealth advisors will gain a deep understanding of your goals, help you develop a multigenerational wealth strategy, help you monitor it and update your strategy as needed. We are committed to providing you access to the investment insights of Merrill and the banking convenience of Bank of America, and we will continue to invest in client tools and new technology to enhance your overall experience as you and your private wealth advisor pursue what’s most important to you.
We believe your unique goals should be at the center of all of your financial decisions and form the foundation of your financial strategy. Because significant wealth requires customized goals-based financial strategies, we believe in building lasting relationships with a limited number of clients, taking the time to understand your most important priorities for today, tomorrow and your long-term future. Our philosophy celebrates collaboration. Working with a team of specialists, we draw on the resources and insights of a global financial institution to create strategies that reflect your aspirations for yourself and current and future generations of your family. Finally, we believe that while significant wealth brings complex challenges, our experience, passion and perspectives can help you simplify your life.
An Interconnected ApproachWe understand that wealth management encompasses much more than balance sheets and investment reports. We look to help clients address multiple contexts of wealth in their lives. Clients look to us to unify and streamline the disparate elements of their financial lives; we orchestrate informed action with their external tax and legal advisors, generating cohesive and thoughtful frameworks for multiple generations. Skilled in goals-based investing we focus on meaningful priorities and milestones that are intimately tied to each client’s circumstances.
We believe that for wealth to have a positive impact on families it needs to be sustained within an environment of stewardship, responsibility and shared values. We facilitate inter-generational education, coordinating seminars, boot camps and retreats for clients and their extended family members. We serve the whole client—not simply wealth creators, but the people and causes they cherish. A client’s priorities are our own.
We invite individuals, families and institutions who have sophisticated needs to learn more about our capabilities relative to their unique concerns and priorities.
Highly Tailored Experience
We formed our team with one aim in mind: to provide ultra-affluent clients with an unequaled level of strategy, service and outreach. We understand that significant wealth is different both in its challenges and its opportunities. Clients come to us from diverse paths. Some are entrepreneurs and executives in government contracting, real estate, healthcare or other industries. Others are multi-generational families or family offices eager to create positive outcomes for future generations. Still others are trusts, endowments and foundations that require sophisticated investment consulting and administrative support to fulfill their fiduciary obligations. We treat each client with the diligence and care that are the hallmarks of our approach reviewing both sides of the balance sheet to identify possible efficiencies and remedy gaps. Because we work with a limited number of clients we are able to offer an intensive focus that testifies to our deep-seated engagement with client goals.
Strategic Investment Management
Our team has extensive capital markets experience spanning multiple asset classes, strategies and instruments. Our judgment and maturity are direct outgrowths of our hands-on experience; we believe there is no substitute for direct involvement in the financial markets. As a team we are highly attuned to risk building customized portfolios designed to mirror a client’s unique attributes and preferences. We seek to maximize risk-adjusted returns espousing a tax-sensitive and fee-sensitive approach that centers on the distinctive goals of each client. We are privileged to work with clients who have achieved remarkable success; we help them foster a long-term perspective that resists fads and group-think to pursue the outcomes that are most important to them across varied economic environments. Our holistic approach emphasizes both asset location and asset allocation.
As private wealth advisors with Merrill Private Wealth Management, we work with prominent families to help them manage the ongoing complexities of their wealth. Our deep experience with family offices enables us to tailor a range of services to help meet your specific needs. We can provide access to strategies ranging from investment and wealth management to governance, asset custody and administration, as well as assisting in the financial education of younger family members. In working with you to create and implement plans reflecting your specific intentions, our goal is to help your family enterprise succeed, and that your knowledge and values are passed along to the next generation. Together, we will focus on strategies that recognize the unique nature of your family’s mission, history and goals.
Your passion drives your organization’s mission, and you depend on an investment portfolio and an effective staff to carry on its important work. As private wealth advisors with Merrill Private Wealth Management, we have experience working with nonprofit organizations. We possess a keen understanding of the challenges you face, including maintaining operational efficiency and productivity through uneven market circumstances, growing competition for donations, and increased fiduciary requirements. Drawing on our extensive capabilities to help you fulfill your organization’s mission, we can provide access to the customized services your organization needs with discretion and skill, such as strategic planning, portfolio management, administrative and board support, and advisory solutions.
We understand the complexities that come with your executive position and the extreme demands on your time. We can help you develop a customized strategy that your wealth and compensation require. We can help you manage the risk of your concentrated stock position while navigating complex SEC rules, trading restrictions and reporting requirements. If you’ve just been promoted and would like help evaluating your new compensation plan, or if you’re looking to develop a long-term financial strategy for you and your family – designed to enable you to live life as you want it, with reliable access to cash – we can help simplify your financial life, as well as develop new strategies as your career and goals evolve.
As a technology entrepreneur, you focus relentlessly on what’s next. Yet as you look ahead to each new venture or cutting-edge innovation, it’s important to maintain the financial foundation that helps power your success and helps you take advantage of potential opportunities as they arise. We have experience helping entrepreneurs and business owners balance their personal lives with their life’s work. We understand the challenges you face every day, whether managing your newly achieved wealth or gaining access to the liquidity you need as seed capital or for personal expenses. We are dedicated in providing the experience and resources to help support your ongoing success.
Company Founders, Private Business Owners & Entrepreneurs
When you have built your own business, your personal finances and the life of your company are closely intertwined. You may be thinking about how to invest in your company’s growth while also deciding how best to use your personal assets. Helping ensure the future of your business likely involves employee benefits, retirement plans and succession planning. Helping secure your family’s legacy could entail wealth transfer strategies, trusts and philanthropy. Whatever your specific needs, we at Merrill Private Wealth Management can help entrepreneurs and business owners balance their personal financial lives with their life’s work. We are dedicated in providing the experience and resources to help support your ongoing success.
Foundations and Endowments
An investment portfolio tailored to your needs is crucial to advancing your organization’s mission and carrying on its important work. We have extensive experience working with endowments and foundations and have a keen understanding of the requirements and responsibilities of board and committee members for investment management and financial oversight. The portfolios we construct are carefully designed to promote stability, efficiency and growth, and to perform effectively under a variety of market conditions. We also offer advice on board governance and reporting, and help in meeting regulatory and operating challenges. We provide access to the customized services your organization needs with discretion and skill.
Intergenerational Family Wealth
Managing your family’s wealth across multiple generations goes beyond protecting and preserving assets, tax minimization strategies and designating heirs. Your goals also likely include passing on values and helping the next generation become effective stewards of wealth. Merrill Private Wealth Management helps a select group of families with personalized wealth transfer strategies, family wealth education and developing and implementing philanthropic visions. In working with you to create strategies that reflect your family’s intentions and help ensure your assets are distributed according to your wishes, we proceed in a manner that recognizes the complexities of your life challenges and the unique nature of your goals. Our extensive experience working with other families of significant wealth enables us to see and share best practices to help you achieve them.
Private Equity and Hedge Fund Principals
Your investment expertise as a hedge fund or private equity principal has likely resulted in substantial personal wealth. We have experience working with a select group of individuals in your industry. Drawing on our extensive capabilities and the broad resources of a global institution, we work to help you coordinate, manage and preserve your successes. We offer strategies aimed at simplifying the complexities of your financial life, including wealth transfer advice and guidance from Merrill and access to the banking convenience of Bank of America for your banking, lending and trust needs. We also provide access to Bank of America for your working capital needs in support of the day to day needs of your business.