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We provide customized services supported by the broad capabilities of a global institution. Working with a limited number of clients, we are able to offer you and your family personalized attention for all aspects of your financial life, now and for future family members.

Meet the Team

The private wealth advisors with Merrill Private Wealth Management are rigorously trained to help meet your specialized needs with relationships based on trust and personalized service.

Strategies designed to help you achieve your goals

As a client of Merrill Private Wealth Management, you have access to services and resources ordinarily reserved for the world’s largest institutions. We work with individuals, families spanning multiple generations, business owners and executives. Using a goals-based wealth management approach, we put our clients at the center of every personalized strategy.

Our Approach

Fitting your equity benefits into your financial picture

We have extensive experience helping executives integrate their equity and other compensation—including nonqualified deferred compensation plans, pension plans, and health savings and flexible spending accounts—into an overall wealth management strategy.

Executives of publicly traded corporations often receive a substantial portion of their compensation in the form of options on company stock and restricted securities. They must make difficult decisions about when and how to monetize these awards and how to handle the resulting concentrated positions. We can draw on our own experience with the issues surrounding option exercise and restrictions on insider stock sales, together with the expansive resources of Merrill, to assist clients with:

  • Determining a value for their equity awards and understanding how their total compensation program fits into their current and long-term financial picture
  • Designing a strategy to help manage their equity awards and decide when to monetize their options
  • Incorporating the resulting assets into investment portfolios reflecting their goals, risk tolerance, time horizon and liquidity needs

Serving executives' unique financial needs

We understand the challenges that corporate executives face in their financial lives. Using Merrill Lynch's Wealth Outlook® program, we can help you visualize all your assets and evaluate the likelihood, under various market scenarios, of achieving certain financial objectives within a specified time frame. Based on the results, we can develop a customized wealth management strategy tailored to your individual situation. This may include such elements as: 

  • Stock option planning services
  • Investment management
  • Retirement planning services
  • Tax minimization strategies, in collaboration with your tax professionals
  • Asset allocation strategies
  • Philanthropic strategies
  • Legacy planning services

Equity awards—Handling equity awards involves complicated choices. With our years of experience in this area, we are well equipped to help you make informed decisions as to when to exercise company stock options and sell or gift restricted stock shares. We can also help you execute these trades in accordance with regulatory restrictions while seeking to minimize risk and tax liabilities and maximize award values. In addition, we can assist with the proper reporting of insider stock purchases and sales.

Although we are committed to helping you at every step of the way, we believe you should be an informed participant in your wealth management. We conduct communication and education programs to help you manage your equity awards and integrate them into a wealth management strategy for pursuing your long- and short-term goals.

We know that goals and circumstances may change over time. Throughout our relationship, we will conduct periodic reviews to help keep your strategy aligned with your evolving situation. We can also provide guidance designed to help you weather market ups and downs and alert you to potential opportunities.

If you prefer to work with a financial advisor closer to home, we can leverage our relationships with other Merrill Lynch teams around the country to assist you in finding a financial advisor as dedicated as we are to helping you pursue your financial goals and dreams.


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The importance of discipline and a long view

We take a long-term approach to investing based on creating diversified portfolios through the strategic allocation of assets. We believe that this, rather than security selection and market timing, provides a solid foundation for pursuing the outcomes you desire. We measure our performance not against benchmarks like the Standard & Poor's 500 but against your goals.

In structuring an investment strategy for you, we:

  • Tailor our recommendations to your objectives, risk tolerance, time horizon and liquidity needs
  • Seek diversification across major asset classes
  • Consider a variety of investment choices through professional investment managers, using information from Merrill's Investment Management and Guidance group to examine their past performance and analyze their future growth potential

Managing risk

We believe that risk management is critical to growing and preserving your wealth. We can help you determine the level of risk you're comfortable with and balance that against the level that may be required to pursue your goals within the desired time frame.

Corporate executives holding concentrated positions in company stock face significant risk, since an adverse movement in the share price can undermine their financial preparations. We can help you manage this risk through such techniques as:


  • Diversification away from company stock, combined with strategic asset allocation, can help you manage risk while maintaining appropriate-size positions in company stock and developing broader industry exposure. All asset classes are not appropriate for all investors. Each investor should select asset classes that are appropriate to his or her goals, time horizon, liquidity needs and risk tolerance.
  • Hedging can be an effective tool when selling a concentrated position is not an option.**
  • Monetization can help produce an income stream.**
  • Strategies using portfolio design and optimization may help you retain more of your assets

If appropriate, we may suggest a staged selling strategy in accordance with SEC Rule 10b5-1. Such a strategy can help you retain some of the upside potential of the concentrated position while gradually converting it into a diversified portfolio.


**Hedging and monetization strategies can result in higher return potential but also higher loss potential. Prospective investors are required to meet certain qualifications and acknowledge they understand the risks associated with certain hedging and monetization strategies that may not be appropriate for all investors.
Merrill  offers a broad range of brokerage, investment advisory and other services. There are important differences between brokerage and investment advisory services, including the type of advice and assistance provided, the fees charged, and the rights and obligations of the parties. It is important to understand the differences, particularly when determining a service or services to select.

Merrill offers a broad range of brokerage, investment advisory and other services. There are important differences between brokerage and investment advisory services, including the type of advice and assistance provided, the fees charged, and the rights and obligations of the parties. It is important to understand the differences, particularly when determining a service or services to select.

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Your dedicated Merrill Private Wealth Management team is ready to help you pursue what’s most important to you.

Our Vision

For clients of substantial means, Merrill Private Wealth Management provides an experience that is both powerful and personal. We are dedicated to helping you pursue your goals for today while developing an approach designed to support your family members for the years to come.

Your private wealth advisor and team of specialists work with a limited number of clients, enabling them to focus their time, training and passion on helping you simplify your personal and business finances and prepare your next generation.

Boutique-like service with the access to the investment resources of Merrill and banking convenience of Bank of America

We combine the personalized attention and feel of a smaller firm with the power and insights of a global financial institution, creating financial strategies tailored to your unique situation.

A relentless commitment to transparency and customized strategies

As our client, know we are working in your best interests, providing goals-based financial strategies designed to anticipate and help meet your evolving financial needs.