Van Kessel & Associates

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
921 Walnut Street
Floor 01
Boulder, CO 80302
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We believe every client is entitled to the highest level of personalized service and care.  The most influential factors in a successful relationship are understanding your life, your family, your aspirations and your needs. These factors are the core of the work we do, the strategies we build with you, and it is against these strategies that we measure our success.  
Van Kessel & Associates
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Welcome

We chose to be part of the financial services world to help others. Our passion to assist stems from collective and collaborative financial experiences—difficulties in which friends, families, and others have faced in the past. As witnesses to challenges faced by important people in our lives, we recognized the need for a professional and caring team to help individuals realize the life they want. Our purpose is to help you define your goals, establish a planning process centered on your priorities, and help guide you past the often inevitable changes life may bring.

About Us
Welcome

We chose to be part of the financial services world to help others. Our passion to assist stems from collective and collaborative financial experiences—difficulties in which friends, families, and others have faced in the past. As witnesses to challenges faced by important people in our lives, we recognized the need for a professional and caring team to help individuals realize the life they want. Our purpose is to help you define your goals, establish a planning process centered on your priorities, and help guide you past the often inevitable changes life may bring.

About Us
Welcome

We chose to be part of the financial services world to help others. Our passion to assist stems from collective and collaborative financial experiences—difficulties in which friends, families, and others have faced in the past. As witnesses to challenges faced by important people in our lives, we recognized the need for a professional and caring team to help individuals realize the life they want. Our purpose is to help you define your goals, establish a planning process centered on your priorities, and help guide you past the often inevitable changes life may bring.

Philosophy
  • Communication is instrumental in managing life's challenges. Our financial advisors, for example, can work to engage your family in the financial decision-making process. But communicating openly with family members on the sometimes-difficult topic of finances can be a challenge. We can help facilitate these discussions and offer opportunities to help educate the younger generation about how assets may be invested.
Approach

Our approach to investing is grounded in an understanding of you. It all begins with a conversation. We take the time to get to know you — your children's names, how hard you worked to get where you are and how you define success. We'll work together with you to help understand your personal investment style, prioritize your goals and build an individualized plan that reflects your needs. As an investor you can benefit from the investment insights of Merrill, along with access to trust and fiduciary services from Bank of America Private Bank and credit and lending solutions from Bank of America. There's only one financial approach that really matters — yours.

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 approach 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 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 approach.

Capabilities

It is important to know exactly where you are with your finances, where you plan to go, and how much you may need to help get you there. Drawing on Merrill's investing insights and with access to Bank of America's credit and lending solutions, we can offer you a comprehensive, personalized plan to help you pursue your goals. We will provide transparency on what you're paying for and what you're getting, as well as potential opportunities and risks. Understanding that life needs and market conditions can change, we will meet with you, as necessary, to help make sure your strategy remains on track to pursue your goals and adjust your approach for the journey ahead, as needed.

The broad investing resources of Merrill provide you with access to potential strategies for income management, education funding, retirement income planning, and guidance for executives with concentrated stock positions. In addition to traditional and alternative investments and wealth transfer solutions through Merrill, you have access to estate planning services from Bank of America. As your single point of contact we can connect with key professionals in your life, working closely with your outside advisors, such as attorneys, accountants and elder care specialists.

DISCLOSURE: Some or all alternative investments may not be appropriate for certain investors. Certain alternative investments carry significant risk and are not subject to the same regulatory oversight as mutual funds and other appropriate investments. For these reasons, access to alternative investments may be limited to investors who are designated as sophisticated, high-net-worth investors.

Focus On

We offer clients a breadth of potential solutions, premier customer service and financial tools based on their unique circumstances. No matter what your goals may be, the process begins by defining and prioritizing your financial goals based on the following:

  • 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 and giving to charities
  • Work: Working in retirement, selling or starting a business
  • Finance: Bringing it all together; defining your financial goals

The team's industry knowledge and experience helps them provide you with:

  • Potential risk management strategies
  • Trust and estate planning services
  • Tax-minimization strategies
  • Access to Bank of America for your credit and banking needs

This material should be regarded as general or educational information on healthcare or Social Security considerations and is not intended to provide specific healthcare or social security advice. If you have questions regarding your particular situation, please contact your legal or tax advisor.

Meet Our Team
Meggan Van Kessel
Vice President, Senior Financial Advisor
303.938.3938
Jacob W. Van Kessel, CFP®,CPFA™,CRPC™
Senior Vice President, Resident Director - Wealth Management Advisor
303.938.3943
Broderick Robbins
Financial Advisor
720.941.2098
Alan J Scharff, CPM®
Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor
303.938.3909
Kristen Hahn, CPFA™
Assistant Vice President, Wealth Management Associate
303.938.3939
Jena Schwener
Officer, Registered Wealth Management Client Associate
303.938.3991
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.
Tara Selig
Wealth Management Banking Specialist
Bryan Austin
Private Wealth Strategist
Andrew M Butt
Senior Wealth Management Lending Officer
NMLS #515815
About Merrill

Bringing fresh perspectives to your financial life

The financial decisions you make today can help determine the future you build for yourself and your family. Carving a clear path forward starts with connecting your life and finances. A Merrill advisor provides access to the investing insights of Merrill and banking capabilities of Bank of America to help you make informed decisions as you pursue your goals.

About Merrill
Fresh perspectives

Bringing fresh perspectives to your financial life

The financial decisions you make today can help determine the future you build for yourself and your family. Carving a clear path forward starts with connecting your life and finances. A Merrill advisor provides access to the investing insights of Merrill and banking capabilities of Bank of America to help you make informed decisions as you pursue your goals.

Personalized planning

Helping you create a personalized plan

At Merrill, we go beyond the traditional role of an advisor.

  • Your goals, concerns and attitude about investing are the foundation of your plan.
  • We actively listen and provide personalized advice — ensuring we understand what matters most to you and your family.
  • We're committed to creating a personalized plan that evolves with you to help you live well today while preparing for the future.
Team and resources

Giving you access to our teams and solutions

Your advisor is one part of an experienced team dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Acting as your single point of contact, your advisor provides personalized strategies and connects you with:

  • Bank of America specialists, such as mortgage or trust professionals
  • Timely insights from BofA Global Research1 to help you stay informed and navigate ever-changing markets
  • A full suite of Merrill investing and Bank of America banking solutions

1BofA Global Research is research produced by BofA Securities, Inc. ("BofAS") and/or one or more of its affiliates. BofAS is a registered broker-dealer, Member SIPC, and wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation ("BofA Corp.").

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