The Omaha Group at Morgan Stanley* is a team of experienced investment professionals who share a common philosophy on investing and managing wealth. As of 03/31/2014, the team oversees over $750 million in assets for approximately 300 high net worth families in 34 states.
As your financial advisor, The Omaha Group listens to your passions and future plans—and helps pave the road for your individual journey. Working with clients for more than 30 years, we’ve walked them through every step of their financial voyage—not just as their financial partner, but as a friend. Create the future you envision for yourself—and for your family.
Value Investing Philosophy. Our patient, long-term value approach is inspired by local investing legends Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger.
Focused Portfolios. We think investors have been oversold on diversification and that the fear of having too many eggs in one basket has caused them to put far too little into companies they thoroughly know and far too much into other companies about which they know very little. According to Morningstar, the average equity mutual fund holds 190 stocks. Our typical equity portfolio holds approximately 20 stocks.
Accountability. Our team personally manages each client’s portfolio “in-house” rather than the popular trend of delegating the money management role.
Direct Access. Since we are the portfolio managers, when our clients have a question about their investments, they have direct access and insight to our thought process.
Transparency. We avoid the use of packaged products or pooled investment vehicles. By sticking to a handful of individual stocks and/or bonds, our clients know exactly what they own and why they own it.
Tax-Aware. We create portfolios with a concern for taxes, structuring them to help minimize and defer as much tax as possible.
Multi-Generational Focus. We strive to educate our clients’ children and grandchildren on investing and financial decision-making.
Technology. We utilize a web-based approach to the financial planning process.
Structure. We have a clearly defined team with designated roles and responsibilities.
Experience. Our team members’ respective industry experience: Financial Advisors - John Dahir (31 years), Bob Howard (30 years), Pat DiBiase (29 years), Nate Farmer (9 years), Client Service Associates - Michelle Mayo (20 years).
Education. Nate Farmer, Financial Advisor, is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER (CFP) and a former Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Pat DiBiase, Financial Advisor, has completed the Senior Account Executive Program at The Wharton School of Business.
Concierge Service, Incisive Investment Philosophy. By working with a select number of clients, we are stewards of your investments, dedicated to creating a customized portfolio tailored to your wealth management needs. Every concern is addressed rapidly, any issue resolved without delay. Clients’ interests are treated with the same care as our own. With an incisive investment style and a prudent financial practice, we enable clients to enjoy their life, knowing they have a plan for their long-term goals, and their future.
Portfolio Management is an advisory program in which the client's Financial Advisor invests the client's assets on a discretionary basis in a wide range of securities.
Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against a loss.
Tax laws are complex and subject to change. Morgan Stanley* LLC, its affiliates and Morgan Stanley* Financial Advisors do not provide tax or legal advice. This material was not intended or written to be used for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer. Individuals are urged to consult their personal tax or legal advisors to understand the tax and related consequences of any actions or investments described herein.
This material does not provide individually tailored investment advice. It has been prepared without regard to the individual financial circumstances and objectives of persons who receive it. The strategies and/or investments discussed in this material may not be suitable for all investors. Morgan Stanley* LLC recommends that investors independently evaluate particular investments and strategies, and encourages investors to seek the advice of a Financial Advisor. The appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an investor’s individual circumstances and objectives.
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1 James W. McCarthy and Monica Ann Ness, Boomer Market Advisor, October 2007.
2 As of 3/31/2012. PM Equity Growth Composite
See August On the Markets from the Global Investment Committee featuring
• "What Lies Beneath" Michael Wilson, chief investment officer of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, says the US stock market’s “weak breadth” has many market pundits worried about the next big downturn. Wilson explains that this condition can last for years as the overall market rises at a slower pace, making it imperative to look at what lies beneath the surface in order to make money consistently.
• "The Dragon and the Elephant" China and India attract investors because together they account for nearly 40% of the world’s population. To invest in China, investors need to be selective; in India, they need to be patient. Sachin Manchanda and Katy Zhao, equity strategists at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, explain it all.
• "Why Gold Remains Stuck in a Bear Market" With the Federal Reserve and other central banks working to create inflation, why is gold, a traditional inflation hedge, trading near its five-year low? Lisa Shalett, head of investment and portfolio strategies for Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, says it has to do with a slump in commodities overall—and anticipation of a Fed rate hike later this year.
Plus, look for more on equities and bonds, and a question-and-answer session with a veteran investment strategist who is an expert on China.
The Omaha Group - Letter to Investors - August 2014