What is important to you?
When we begin to work with a client, we start with an easygoing conversation about you and what you need.
Your answers to that question may be challenging to define, or even as simple as not being entirely clear to you. We think it is perhaps the most crucial step toward helping you reach your goals.
Maybe you’re about to retire, or are thinking about transferring ownership of a family business. Perhaps you’re considering a change in careers, or a real estate purchase. Whatever your goals, a clearly defined and monitored wealth management plan will help increase your chances of achieving them.
At The Phelps Group at Morgan Stanley*, we believe that successful client relationships go beyond providing information, ideas and strategies. We are committed to building a relationship with you based upon honesty and accountability.
Utilizing a combination of wisdom and experience, our team will work with you to develop and implement a comprehensive wealth plan based around the things that are important to you. Our mission is to use the vast resources of the firm in support of your personal goals.
A different approach – comprehensive wealth management
Many Financial Advisors talk about wealth management. But what do they really mean? Many focus solely on investments. However, true wealth management also involves risk management, credit and liquidity needs, estate planning and charitable giving – basically, any decision involving money that impacts your life. At The Phelps Group, investments are merely one part of our comprehensive wealth management approach, you are the center of it.
What is wealth management?
We believe wealth management consists of two interrelated processes: Relationship Management and Investment Consulting.
Relationship management means working with you, your existing professional network, and any advisors that may assist in your overall financial life.
Investment consulting begins with discovering your goals. We formulate an investment plan designed to help you get where you want to go, and implement that plan over time. Ongoing monitoring, rebalancing and communication occur on a regular basis.
See August On the Markets from the Global Investment Committee featuring
• "Transition Time" The Federal Reserve has continually told investors that they would be very patient and slow to raise short-term interest rates. Now, strong employment data has raised the possibility of sooner-than-expected rate hikes, says Mike Wilson, chief investment officer of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, and markets could continue to be volatile until they have fully recalibrated to an accelerated timetable.
• "Fishing for Stocks in the Market’s Midstream" The cheapest stocks in the S&P 500—those with the lowest price/earnings ratios—are not necessarily the best stocks to own at this point in the market cycle. The better investments appear to be closer to the market averages.
• "Keep an Opportunistic Eye on Mexico and India" Emerging market equities have performed well so far this year, but the Global Investment Committee is underweight in the asset class for a number of reasons, including rich valuations and a vulnerability to rising US interest rates. That said, Mexico and India stand apart. Political change and economic reforms could make them future stars.
Plus, look for more on economics, fixed income investments and real estate.
Who is watching over your retirement? Building an investment portfolio that you hope might cover your needs down the road isn’t a substitute for a retirement plan. Call or email us and get advice that goes beyond investments. A new standard for retirement planning.
Guide to Retirement Webcast – Saving, Spending, and Investing
Please join us for a Guide to Retirement Webcast on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. Central time.
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Hear Ron Phelps and Jacob Hamus, Morgan Stanley, and John D’Agostino, J.P. Morgan, as they discuss issues that should be considered when developing a retirement strategy. Some of the topics that will be discussed are:
o Living expenses, health care costs, Social Security, pensions and future employment are all uncertain. But saving today is one way to prepare for a more stable tomorrow.
o Determining income needs during retirement is a complex equation. The challenge becomes managing your portfolio by withdrawing some money for today’s expenses and investing the rest for tomorrow.
o Invest for long-term growth potential and consider investing in a broader mix of assets.