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The Piepenkotter Team

Private Wealth Advisors


LA JOLLA, CA 92037


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The Piepenkotter Team

The Piepenkotter Team is dedicated to meeting the unique wealth management needs of ultra-high-net-worth families, company founders, current and former executives, and non-profit entities. Located in La Jolla, California, we serve a limited number of clients in order to maintain the focused attention and intimate environment that significant wealth merits. Relationships are built on a foundation of integrity, and as stewards of clients’ assets, we are steadfast in our conviction that clients’ best interests must always come first

    Monica Piepenkotter has received a number of accolades and was named to:

  • The Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisors, 2015-2017*
  • REP'sop 50 Wirehouse Women in 2015 and in 2014*
  • REP' 2014 Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors in America*
  • 2014 Financial Times Top 100 Women Financial Advisors*

Our Mission

Our mission inspires our work and infuses our approach: we offer personal financial services to help clients simplify their lives, pursue their passions, and confidently enjoy the wealth they have created.

Grounded in Careful Analysis

We know the value of prudent planning. We begin each client relationship by formulating a detailed and customized family wealth strategy. This long-term analysis directs our approach by reflecting the unique needs, priorities, and preferences of each client. Our strategic outlook allows us to develop informed recommendations and create workable action plans.

When designing investment programs, we look to create all-weather portfolios. We develop long-term asset allocation strategies that pursue a client’s objectives within his or her risk parameters. Around this foundation, we strive to bolster returns through tactical allocations to capture timely market opportunities. We apply the knowledge, skill, and judgment we have gained through many years in the investment industry to arrive at recommendations that are thoughtfully devised and carefully executed. With access to “best in class” institutional managers across all asset classes, we strive to engage the most appropriate and tax-efficient investment strategies for each client.

Relentless in Our Pursuit of Excellence

Client service and support are the foundation of our service model. We work tirelessly to meet client needs and exceed expectations. On a regular basis, we review a client’s financial profile, assessing the following metrics:

  • Investment allocation across asset classes
  • Tactical capture of market opportunities
  • Investment performance
  • Adherence to, and progress toward, the objectives outlined in the family wealth strategy

Through active communication with clients and their external tax and legal advisors, we identify areas that need rapid, concerted attention. We embrace our role as client stewards, proactively pursuing the issues that are most pressing to clients with diligence and persistence. Drawing upon Merrill Lynch’s award-winning research, investment banking capabilities, and trading and investment platforms, we seek to provide clients with a superior investment experience, matched by exceptional client service and the highest level of integrity.

Tailored Offerings for Affluent Clients

We recognize that significant wealth is accompanied by distinctive opportunities and challenges. Our team offers a range of services and strategies that reflect the specialized needs of affluent clients:

  • Portfolio construction and management
  • Alternative investments*
  • Concentrated stock management
  • Trust, estate, and legacy planning strategies
  • Philanthropy
  • Life insurance
  • Tax minimization strategies
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Pre-IPO, pre-sale, and pre-merger strategies
  • Transaction management: business, aircraft, and real estate

*Source: The Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisors (FT 400) is an independent listing produced by the Financial Times (March, 2017). For more information about the selection criteria, go to FT 400 Top Financial Advisors page.

*Source: REP's Top 50 Wirehouse Women's list, August 1, 2015. For information about the selection criteria, go to REP. is a trademark of Penton Media, Inc. All rights reserved.

*Source: REP's Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors in America list, December 1, 2014. For more information about the selection criteria, go to REP's Rankings page. REP. is a trademark of Penton Media, Inc. All rights reserved.

*Source: The Financial Times Top 100 Women Financial Advisers, November, 2014. For information about the selection criteria, go to FT 100. All rights reserved.

Neither Merrill Lynch nor its Financial Advisors provide tax, accounting or legal advice. Clients should review any planned financial transactions or arrangements that may have tax, accounting or legal implications with their personal professional advisors. Asset Allocation does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets

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Monica M Piepenkotter

Senior Vice President

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