Morgan Stanley
  • Wealth Management
  • Jul 7, 2022

Why Advice Matters

Going it alone can be difficult. Learn how a professional can work with you to build a wealth plan that helps you reach your goals.

We all have goals—and many are linked to our finances, from paying for higher education, to meeting health-care needs and other foreseen costs, to retirement. Trying to make investment decisions while juggling all these financial goals on your own can be overwhelming and time-consuming. Consider working with a Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor. They have the experience to help create and implement a wealth plan that takes your specific goals and circumstances into account.

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How a Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor Can Help

Many investors turn to professionals for guidance on their investments. Nearly six in 10 (57%) of high-net-worth investors in the U.S. currently work with a financial professional, according to a Morgan Stanley survey. These investors are most interested in getting guidance on retirement income (87%), asset allocation (87%), market analysis (87%) and changes in tax policy (80%).1 Many also want a Financial Advisor’s help aligning their portfolio with their values (75%), sticking with their financial plan (73%), planning for long-term care (73%) and estate planning (68%).

Managing your finances is more than just making investment decisions. It begins with having a thorough understanding of your situation- including expenses, investments, aspirations and family dynamics, as well as your goals. By working with a Financial Advisor, you can determine an asset allocation strategy to help you reach your goals, then put those strategies in place. Your Financial Advisor can also work with your tax and legal advisors to help create a personalized plan that suggests ways to help reduce your taxes, incorporates estate and philanthropic goals and help cover your future health-care needs.

Financial advice can also help you avoid making sudden decisions based on bad timing. Many people have a tendency to pull money out of the stock market when prices are falling, and to buy into the market when prices are rising. This can cause investors to overpay for stocks or miss out on buying opportunities in the market.

A Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor can also give you access to nontraditional investments, such as alternative strategies and private equity solutions. For investors who qualify, these options can provide returns that don’t correlate with the broader market, while also helping you manage risk. A Financial Advisor will team with your tax advisor to work toward helping you keep more of your investment returns or determine if tax-loss harvesting could work for you.

Making the Most of Working with a Financial Advisor

If you’re already working with a Financial Advisor, be sure that you are taking advantage of all the financial firm can offer. Many firms offer digital tools, including online spending and budgeting applications, tracking your investments held elsewhere and lending products. And you should meet regularly with your Financial Advisor to help ensure that your plan is kept up-to-date and reflects your current goals. Best of all, working with your Financial Advisor enables you to have someone who understands your goals, while looking out for your financial future.

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