The Smith-Davis-Morse Group

Private Wealth Advisors

540 West Madison, Suite 2020
Chicago, IL 60661
Toll-free: 888.802.8546
E-mail: jeffrey.morse@ml.com

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"The better we know you and your family – and understand the dynamics of your financial life – the better we can craft impactful advice and guidance and targeted solutions."

James H. Davis
Private Wealth Advisor

Private banking capabilities to enhance your financial life

The Smith-Davis-Morse Group is your single point of contact with investment insights of Merrill Lynch and the banking convenience of Bank of America. We can draw on this vast network of investment specialists, wealth strategists, global capabilities and innovative strategies to help individuals and families perpetuate their wealth, pursue life goals, preserve financial independence and shape a legacy. The breadth and depth of our capabilities allow us to guide you in many elements of your financial life, no matter how complex.

"Conscientious risk management requires looking at your overall financial picture, taking into account every asset and liability."

Jeffrey J. Morse
Private Wealth Advisor

An investment approach that carefully balances risk and reward

Our fundamental investment objective is to help you integrate asset allocation, diversification and compounding techniques in an effort to generate positive returns in a variety of market environments — net of taxes, fees and inflation — and to maintain the purchasing power of your investment assets over a multiyear time frame.

Asset Allocation

Our investment process is dynamic and valuation-based, grounded in the concept that asset allocation, over time, can be one of the most important determinants of your investment results.

Diversified "All-Weather" Portfolios

We guide you in developing "all-weather" portfolios that target specific financial objectives and help see you through different market environments and economic cycles.

Extended Investment Universe

To enhance diversification and adjust the correlation among elements of your portfolio, we may recommend asset classes beyond traditional fixed-income and equities, including:

  • Emerging markets
  • Real assets
  • Foreign currencies
  • Alternative investments, such as hedge funds, private equity partnerships and managed futures

Emphasizing Tax Efficiency

We pay close attention to the capital gains and losses certain transactions may generate. And we welcome the opportunity to work with you and your tax advisor to design a wealth management strategy that can minimize taxes — currently and for future generations — while remaining compliant with regulations.

Encouraging a Deeper Understanding of Risk

The conventional view that risk is simply a measure of portfolio volatility is too narrow. We consider other elements of risk—for instance, the possibility of permanent loss of capital or the future loss of purchasing power—to be as important as volatility. We carefully consider the potential tax impacts of investment strategies and how they may relate to business interests and other concentrated wealth.


John Smith is registered to do business in : AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, IA, IL, KS, MA, MD, MI, MO, MT, NC, NV, NY, OH, PA, SC, SD, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI

James Davis is registered to do business in : AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, IA, IL, KS, MA, MD, MI, MO, MT, NC, NV, NY, OH, PA, SC, SD, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI

Jeffrey Morse is registered to do business in : AZ, CA, CO, DC, FL, IA, IL, KS, MA, MD, MI, MO, MT, NC, NV, NY, OH, PA, SC, SD, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI

For questions regarding registration information please contact your Financial Advisor.
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