Take Your Advisory Firm to the Next Level.

Our team is here to serve as your professional partner on your path to growth. We are your back office support with the tools and resources to help you build revenues, expand your practice, and grow as professional. At Merit, we believe we are Stronger Together.

Why Join Merit?

Merit Financial Advisors is a national wealth management firm with $11.5 billion* in assets that supports advisors affiliated with independent broker-dealers, as well as those who are registered investment advisors. Our team exists to enrich the lives of those we serve.

Our mission is focused on revolutionizing the client experience by building the RIA of the future. We aim to support clients in exceeding their financial goals and supporting advisors in evolving and expanding their businesses. Our goal is to provide our advisors and offices with practice management resources, a technology platform, operational support, and investment experience to help drive growth and deliver a more positive client experience.

Our vision is to build a growth-focused enterprise for our team that offers best-in-class investing and planning solutions for our clients now, and for generations to come.

Acquisitions

34

Locations

43

AUM

$11.84 Billion*

Advisors

84

*$8.8 billion in advisory, $2.8 billion in brokerage assets, and $253 million in assets under advisement. As of June 30, 2024.

We Offer Full Service Support

We work with you and your team to make sure your transition is seamless. We take many carefully crafted steps to prepare, plan and execute the transition to make it as smooth as possible for you and your clients. Our process includes:

  • Discovery: we take time to understand your staff and your culture
  • Assessment: we review your book of client base and business practices
  • Planning: we work with you to identify opportunities and challenges, as well as assign roles and responsibilities based on those.
  • Implementation: we plan and execute complete support through client communication, consent, and repapering processes
  • Go Live: we provide and oversee employee training, system conversion, and portfolio management implementation
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What Our Partners Are Saying

About Merit

The Merit team serves as a professional partner on your path to growth. Merit works with advisors equipping them with the tools and resources needed to build revenues, expand your practice and grow as a professional.

Our firm is led by seasoned advisors who have a deep understanding of the needs and goals of successful financial practitioners. Our team includes experienced professionals across disciplines, including in-house investment management and strategy, comprehensive financial planning and life transition support, wealth management insights, operations, and human resources support. Our partners have achieved exponential growth in their practices as they leverage our industry experience, and resources.

Merit fosters a relationship-based culture that is built on integrity and respect – among our colleagues, with clients, and within our community. Our mission is anchored by several key principles, including humility, flexibility, and objective and goals-based advice.

  • Merit is committed to elevating and supporting diverse voices, experience, and expertise across the firm. As an example, over fifty-three percent of Merit’s staff is female and the firm has completed 4 acquisitions of female-founded firms since 2017.
  • Merit upholds a team-based approach that facilitates leadership and collaboration across the group for the collective benefit of the team and our clients.
  • Merit is focused on empowering growth and advancement among our advisors. We believe we are Stronger Together.

Our Founder

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Rick Kent discusses how Merit is helping to drive the growing interest among financial advisors to evolve their businesses, making the move to an independent business model, and a growing trend of consolidation among those firms.

Our President

Kay Lynn Mayhue discusses how Merit takes a dedicated approach to mapping out the future of the business, by setting an all-day annual planning session, which allows the team to highlight not only what's essential as a company but also to the teams.

Ready to discuss your future?

Schedule a confidential meeting with a member of our Executive Leadership today.

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