How to choose a financial adviser

You’ve worked hard to build a substantial nest egg and you need to make sure it’s well managed. Maybe you’re considering helping your daughter put down a down payment on a home without jeopardizing your retirement lifestyle. You’re ready to choose a financial advisor and want to do your due diligence to find one you trust. We hear you.

We understand the importance of listening. Your Morgan Stanley financial advisor starts by asking you about your dreams and concerns about your financial present and future. We are natural collaborators who see, hear and understand you – a knowledgeable professional who provides the guidance and resources to help you achieve your goals.

If you have $500,000 in investable assets, in or out of a retirement fund, you are in the perfect position to work with Morgan Stanley. You are the priority and your success is our success. Like the best investment strategies, your financial advisor is committed to building long-term relationships and results.

Think of us as “big but boutique”. We combine the vast resources of a global financial services firm with individualized services for a convenient, tailored approach. Whether it’s planning your future, designing your retirement savings withdrawal strategy, investing with impact for positive change, or planning your legacy, we can do more for you than you can. imagine. That’s why our financial advisors have won some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, year after year.*

Financial advisors have a fiduciary duty to work in the best interest of the client. Something we take very seriously at Morgan Stanley. Want to consult on life events and family dynamics? We’ll collaborate on options that meet your challenges, from navigating the complexities of market, tax and finance to preparing for the unexpected.

We are transparent. Our financial advisors’ fees are often based on a percentage of assets under management. They may also include other fees related to financial planning, investment management or other ways you choose to do business with us. We will be upfront with you about our compensation.

Our relationship is at your convenience. The team meets with you in person, by video or by phone, depending on your schedule. Our mobile apps, website and digital safe make it easy to check in, transact, and organize your financial life.

Want to be able to live the lifestyle you have today in retirement while achieving your other goals? You’ll get a personalized financial plan for you and your family’s future. We will identify areas of interest given your current situation (your assets, debts, income and expenses) and where you want to be tomorrow. We adapt your plan to your schedule and update it as life inevitably changes.

Our customers sing a different tune. In fact, 97% of our clients say they are satisfied with the company and 98% are satisfied with the way their Morgan Stanley financial advisor handles questions and requests.* And nine out of ten Morgan Stanley customers surveyed say they feel financially prepared for the COVID-19 crisis.*

If you have an important position to fill, you interview your best candidates first. It works the same way when it comes to choosing one of our financial advisors. Here’s what to expect:

  1. Start by selecting and then interviewing several Morgan Stanley financial advisors. Learn about their planning services, investment capabilities and processes, performance against client goals, average client occupancy time, team structure, and dollar costs.


  2. Once you have chosen a financial advisor, you will meet to get to know each other better and discuss your goals, priorities and needs. Your financial advisor will ask you to share specific financial information as a follow-up.


  3. You will meet again to build your financial plan based on the goals and needs you discussed and your financial situation.


  4. Your financial advisor and his team will be available throughout the year to answer all your questions at any time. You will meet regularly to make sure you stay on track and evolve your plan as needed.
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