Website Usage and Privacy Policy

Effective Date May 31, 2007 Revision 2/24/2017

At Merriman we do everything we can to provide our clients with peace of mind. This privacy notice applies to all current and former customers who have shared information with us via our website or phone and in-person conversations. We know you have entrusted us with your financial information and we are committed to safeguarding that private information.

All financial companies choose how they share your non-public personal information. Federal law gives consumers the right to limit some but not all sharing. Federal law also requires us to tell you how we collect, share, and protect your non-public personal information. Even when you are no longer a client at Merriman, we will only share your nonpublic personal information as described in this notice. So, please read this notice carefully to understand what we do.

Website usage

We track visitors to our website. This data allows us to provide the best service possible by helping to ensure the health of the network and services, developing and deploying new business services, researching, improving and maintaining our existing business services and providing customized services to our users.

Cookies When you visit our website we may utilize cookies, which are small files that are placed on your computer. A cookie contains a string of characters to identify your browser and may be used to help provide a more customized user experience. Most internet browsers are set by default to accept cookies, but you may experience some issues using some of the features of our site if you have opted to not accept cookies.

Log Files When you view a website, your browser sends data about your computer system to the web server. Our servers capture this information which may include browser type, time of day, IP address, or cookie and language information.

Links Our servers keep track of links within our site that you may click on when viewing content. This data is used to better provide content to our users.

Web Forms and Data You Provide to Merriman When you complete one of our online forms, we ask for data about you (name, address, email address, etc). This data is design to help our internal staff better meet your needs. We may use, combine, or track this data with other services and features of Merriman to provide a better user experience and increased functionality. For some services, we may provide the opportunity to opt-out of the combining of such data.

Email Submissions We may keep records of all email communications sent to Merriman. These emails may be processed and used to provide feedback, answer questions, or service some other request.

Categories of information we collect

We collect your nonpublic personal information in a variety of ways depending on the level and type of services we provide to you. In order to offer the broadest range of services, we collect nonpublic personal information about you from applications, agreements, or other forms we provide and through your transactions with us and non-affiliated third parties that may assist us in processing your requested or authorized transactions. The types of non-public information we collect can include items such as your Social Security number and income, your account balances and transaction history, your investment experience and account transactions.

Reasons why we disclose

All financial companies need to share customer’s non-public personal information to run their everyday business. Below, we describe the reasons we can share your non-public personal information and whether you can limit this sharing. We share your non-public personal information for our everyday business purposes such as to process your transactions, maintain your account(s), respond to court orders and legal investigations, report to credit bureaus, to protect the confidentiality or security of your records, to secure services or functions for the firm, or as permitted by law.

Categories of information we disclose

Federal law gives you the right to limit only sharing non-public personal information about your credit worthiness for our affiliates’ everyday business purposes; sharing non-public personal information about you with our affiliates and non-affiliates to market to you. We don’t share non-public personal information about your creditworthiness with our affiliates for their everyday business purposes. We don’t share your non-public personal information with our affiliates or non-affiliates to market to you. We also don’t share your non-public personal information for joint marketing with other financial companies. State laws and individual companies may give you additional rights to limit sharing.

Categories of parties to whom we disclose information

We do not and will not sell your personal information to anyone at any time. We disclose non-public personal information about you to third parties that assist us in processing those transactions you have either requested or authorized, or that aggregate and provide summary data to our parent company, Focus Financial Partners, LLC. These third parties may include custodian banks, broker-dealers, other financial intermediaries or non-affiliates. At times, we may present limited information about a client and their financial situation to a third-party professional with whom the advisor consults and has entered into a confidentiality agreement to complete the work necessary for development of the client’s investment strategy.

Confidentiality and security

We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that comply with federal standards to guard your nonpublic personal information. These safeguards are reasonably designed to:

  • ensure the security and confidentiality of customer records and information;
  • protect against any anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of customer records and information; and
  • protect against unauthorized access to or use of customer records or information that could result in substantial harm or inconvenience to any customer.

If you have any questions or concerns with this notice, or would like to discuss your right to opt out of information sharing, please feel free to contact David Spratt, Chief Operations Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, at 1.800.423.4893 or dave@merriman.com.

You can also send mail to:

Merriman Wealth Management, LLC

800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2900

Seattle, Washington 98104