Local Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor Michael Velasco Named to Barron’s 2018 “America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State-by-State” List

Columbia, S.C. – Merrill Lynch announced today that Financial Advisor Michael Velasco has been recognized on Barron’s 2018 “America’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors: State-by-State” list published on March 12. In all, 295 Merrill Lynch advisors are included on this year’s list.

“We are incredibly proud of Mike and his recognition on this list, and believe he demonstrates what it means to be a leader in the wealth management space through strong dedication to a high standard of service for our clients,” said Joe Powers, market executive.

Advisors considered for the "America's Top 1,200 Advisors: State-by-State" ranking have a minimum of seven years’ financial services experience and have been employed at their current firm for at least one year. Quantitative and qualitative measures used to determine the advisor rankings include assets under management, revenues generated by advisors for their firms, and the quality of the advisors’ practices. Investment performance is not an explicit criterion because performance is often a function of each client’s appetite for risk. In evaluating advisors, Barron’s examines regulatory records, internal company documents, and more than 100 points of data provided by the advisors themselves. Barron’s does not receive compensation from advisors, participating firms and their affiliates, or the media in exchange for rankings.

Velasco resides in Columbia, S.C., and has been a part of Merrill Lynch’s Columbia office for 25 years.

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