With housing market booming, CT financial advisors seeing major demand


Tony Champion’s move from Hong Kong to Stamford last year involved many changes. Finding a new financial adviser turned out to be one of the easiest.

Becoming a client of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management has helped to reduce much of the hassle in relocating to the U.S., for the 49-year-old Canadian who works at Purchase, N.Y.-headquartered paper-and-pulp trader Central National Gottesman.

Champion represents one of the many new Connecticut residents who have sought out financial advising in the past 16 months, with digital platforms helping firms to connect with new and existing clients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wealth management professionals are anticipating further growth, with the state’s booming real estate market generating much of the recent demand for their services.

“It’s been a really seamless transition over from Hong Kong,” said Champion, who lived in Hong Kong for 15 years because of his…

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