Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor Michael Phemister Velasco Earns Certified Private Wealth AdvisorSM Certification

Michael Phemister Velasco

Columbia, S.C. – Merrill Lynch today announced that Michael Phemister Velasco, financial advisor of Merrill Lynch’s Columbia office, recently earned the Certified Private Wealth AdvisorSM (CPWA®) certification awarded by the Investment Management Consultants Association. This specialized education credential is awarded to individuals who are trained to work with high net worth clients during their wealth life cycle: accumulation, preservation, and distribution.

Candidates who earn the CPWA® designation learn to identify and analyze challenges facing high net worth clients and develop specific strategies designed to help minimize taxes, monetize and preserve assets, maximize growth, and transfer wealth.

“Mike’s specialized training is a reflection of his deep knowledge of the industry, as well as his dedication to working with clients to help them reach their financial goals,” said Joe Powers, market executive. “This recognition is well-deserved and is a testament to Mike’s commitment to bringing personalized wealth management solutions to his clients.”

Velasco, a resident of Columbia, S.C., joined Merrill Lynch in 1993. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina. Velasco is located in the Columbia Merrill Lynch office at 1301 Gervais Street and can be reached at 803.733.2179 or by visiting

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Client Balances consists of the following assets of clients held in their Merrill Lynch accounts: assets under management (AUM) of Merrill Lynch entities, client brokerage assets, assets in custody of Merrill Lynch entities, loan balances and deposits of Merrill Lynch clients held at Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC and affiliated banks.

Investment Management Consultants Association is the owner of the certification mark “CPWA®” and the service marks “Certified Private Wealth AdvisorSM,” Investment Management Consultants AssociationSM,” and “IMCA©.” Use of CPWA© or Certified Private Wealth AdvisorSM signifies that the user has successfully completed IMCA’s initial and ongoing credentialing requirements for wealth advisors.

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