Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

The Broughton Group

Global Wealth Management

Suite 4400


Phone: (612) 3497917

Directions to Branch


Walter Broughton (612) 349-7854 Wealth Management Advisor Managing Director-Wealth Management View Profile
Hudie Broughton (612) 349-7849 Wealth Management Advisor Senior Vice President-Wealth Management View Profile
Steven Farrell (612) 349-7835 Investment Associate View Profile
David Foster (612) 349-7952 Investment Associate Vice President View Profile
Suzin Annen (612) 349-7917 Reg Senior Client Associate Assistant Vice President View Profile
Lane Gehle (612) 349-7805 Registered Client Associate View Profile


We understand that your financial life is critical to making the rest of your life possible.
Our focus at the Broughton Group is to maximize your valuable resources of time and money to allow you to focus on your life’s passions. We do this through:
1. Portfolio management
2. Client service
3. Planning
Portfolio Management: We manage portfolios to protect and grow the long-term purchasing power of our clients’ assets. We are in the unique position of being one of nine financial advisory groups at Merrill Lynch that has an audited investment performance track record that document the results we have achieved for our clients. In addition, we’ve aligned our interests with our clients as each of the advisors on our team is invested in the same portfolios alongside our clients.
As active portfolio managers, our investment methodology has three foundational tenets. First, we are value investors. We believe that purchasing investments at a discount to their intrinsic value increases the probability of a successful outcome. Second, we are an all-asset, all-opportunity dynamic manager. Meaning, instead of rebalancing portfolios to a predetermined static asset allocation, we constantly evaluate investment opportunities across all asset classes (not just stocks and bonds) to build portfolios that have ever-changing investment exposures. Third, we are accountable to you. The only way to know if we’re achieving our goals is to measure the outcomes. Our results are measured, after cost, and directly compared to appropriate benchmarks; including the most important benchmark, our progress towards helping you achieve your goals.
Please e-mail to receive a copy of the reports showing audited investment performance.

Client Service: On a quarterly basis we invite our clients to review their portfolio with us and discuss its performance and events in their lives which may impact their finances. In addition, we strive to help our clients take advantage of the breadth of resources of Merrill Lynch to make their financial lives more organized, efficient, and streamlined.
Planning: Our planning processes are designed to help our clients make thoughtful, intentional decisions about their resources and opportunities. We offer clients a comprehensive planning process to help them clearly define and prioritize their goals, identify and mitigate risks, and develop strategies to reach those goals with the resources they have. In addition we help clients answer specific questions about their financial lives - these questions may be about mortgages or other debt, stock options, when they should take Social Security, Roth IRA conversions, stretch IRAs, insurance coverage, estate planning, or any other area relating to decisions about money.

Walter Broughton III, CFA
Senior Vice President – Wealth Management
Wealth Management Advisor
Senior Portfolio Manager, Personal Investment Advisory Program

Starting with Merrill Lynch in 1987, Walter is the founding member of the group, Senior Portfolio Manager, and architect of the group’s research and investment methodologies. His passion for understanding the relationship between research, risk, and probability is the genesis of the group’s portfolio management process. Walter graduated from the University of Minnesota and received his Masters of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Minneapolis and have two adult sons and three grandchildren. Walter is an avid collector of contemporary art, patron of the Guthrie Theater, and fan of the Minnesota Twins.

Walter Thomas “Hudie” Broughton IV, CFP®
Senior Vice President – Wealth Management
Wealth Management Advisor
Portfolio Manager, Personal Investment Advisory Program

Hudie joined the team in 2002 and serves as its managing partner, coordinating the team’s three core processes of portfolio management, client service, and planning. Recognized by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal with its “Top 40 Under 40” Award in 2010, Hudie volunteers as a board member of the MacPhail Center for Music, and has served as board president for Clare Housing. Hudie graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in music and he and his wife, Sarah, now live in St. Paul with their two boys. In his free time, Hudie enjoys music, cooking, the Minnesota Twins, cycling, and snowboarding.

Steve Farrell, CFA
Investment Associate

As the team’s Director of Investment Operations, Steve leads the team’s research, trading and portfolio administration. Steve joined the group in 1998 and provides clients with insights on market conditions and portfolio performance. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in management and history from the College of St. Scholastica. A lifelong Minnesotan, Steve likes to fish, hunt, snowboard, and golf. He is a member of the Twin Cities CFA Society and the Minnesota Golf Association and lives in Hugo with his wife, Kelly, and their two children.

David Foster, CFP®, CRPC®, CRPS®
Vice President
Investment Associate

While David Foster is the most recent addition to the team joining it in 2013; he brings with him a wealth of knowledge garnered from working with Merrill Lynch as a financial planning and retirement specialist since 1999. David leads the planning process of the group and also works with our clients’ other professional advisors to help our clients achieve their goals. David is a graduate of Saint John’s University and earned his MBA from Emory University. David lives in St. Paul with his wife, Molly, and their three children and enjoys coaching youth sports, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

Suzin Annen
Assistant Vice President
Registered Senior Client Associate

Suzin has over 30 years of financial services experience and first started with Merrill Lynch in 1985. and has been with the group since 2006. She has led the client service efforts of the team since joining it in 2006 and is driven to deliver a high quality client experience. Suzin is a Minnesota native and attended the University of Minnesota. Suzin enjoys visiting her daughters in New York City and Kansas City and is an avid movie buff and outdoor enthusiast.

Lane Gehle
Registered Client Associate

Joining the group in early 2013, Lane combines a great attitude with a sense of urgency to serve and make the lives of those around him easier. Lane graduated from Bethel University with a degree in chemistry and a minor in business. Lane and his wife, Joelle, take advantage of the warm, albeit brief Minnesota summers by spending time on the lake and running on trails throughout the area. He also enjoys drumming and performs regularly at his church.

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Walter Broughton is registered to do business in:AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY

Walter Broughton is registered to do business in:AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MS, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY

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