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Morgan Stanley operates as a financial advisory firm headquartered in Purchase, New York. The company handles $1.2 trillion in total assets across 2.2 million client accounts, making it one of the largest investment advisory firms in the United States by assets under management (AUM). It has a very large group, including 15,000 financial advisors. Morgan Stanley does not act as a registered broker-dealer, meaning the firm cannot buy and sell securities for its clients' and own accounts and instead must go through a broker-dealer firm to do so. Securities are defined as tradable financial investments like bonds, stocks and options.
Morgan Stanley oversees 1,726,809 of the company's accounts on a discretionary basis. Discretionary management is a structure in which transaction judgments for the client's account are made by a portfolio manager without needing the customer's authorization. The company also manages 506,379 non-discretionary accounts with a total of $355.0 billion in AUM. Morgan Stanley administers roughly $532,870 for each client account. An average financial advisor at Morgan Stanley oversees about 149 client accounts.
The company's main office is located at 2000 Westchester Avenue, Purchase, New York 10577-2530. Morgan Stanley is allowed to serve clients across 50 U.S. states and territories.
Assets Under Management
Number of Advisors
Morgan Stanley by the Numbers
Products and Services
Morgan Stanley offers a variety of financial services, including financial planning services, portfolio management for individuals and small businesses, portfolio management for investment companies, portfolio management for institutional clients, pension consulting services, selection of other advisers, educational seminars and other services. In the prior fiscal year, the firm provided financial planning services to 192000 of its accounts. Morgan Stanley is engaged in selling products or offering services apart from investment advisory services to its clients. Morgan Stanley is affiliated with one or more other companies in the financial services industry, including with a broker-dealer or securities dealer, banking or thrift institution, trust company, insurance company or agency and commodity pool advisor.
Core Advisor Services
Offered by 31% of firms
Financial Planning Services
This is the process of planning for your financial future, including for events such as retirement, your child's college education or estate succession.
Offered by 46% of firms
This is the selection and management of an investment mix and portfolio strategy for individuals and small businesses.
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Market Timing Services
This is the practice of attempting to make short-term profits on investments by buying low and selling high.
Offered by 20% of firms
Selection of Other Advisors
This is the firm's assistance with choosing other advisors to work with who may have different specialties.
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Publication of Periodicals
This is the publication of various financial education materials.
Offered by 6% of firms
This is the hosting of seminars or workshops to educate investors on financial concepts.
Fees for financial advice largely depend on which services the firm provides the client. However, fees billed by the company most likely include the following fee structures: asset-based, fixed, commission-based or other. The company participates in a wrap fee program, in which the company offers a service bundle for a single fee.
Offered by 69% of firms
Percentage of AssetsShow Explanation
This fee, which is the most common fee type charged by advisors for portfolio management, is based on the amount of assets you have under management. Also referred to as an asset-based fee, this fee typically ranges from 0.50%-2.00% of AUM annually. You'll typically pay a lower rate the more assets you have under management.
Offered by 1% of firms
Occasionally, advisors earn commissions from selling financial products, such as securities or insurance policies, or making certain referrals or transactions. Advisors who earn commissions may be incentivized to make certain recommendations to clients in order to make a commission. Fee-only advisors do not earn commissions, while fee-based advisors may.
Offered by 32% of firms
Fixed fees are a one-time, lump sum charged for a specific service, like the creation of a financial plan without subsequent implementation. This can be useful if you only need advice for one specific purpose, rather than a long-term advisor. Fixed fees usually range from $1,000 to $3,000.
Offered by 10% of firms
Firms can sometimes charge customers using non-traditional fee structures. See this firm's Form ADV for more details.
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Like a lawyer, a financial advisor may charge you by the hour. This can be helpful if you are only looking for short-term or one-time advice. Rates typically range from $100-$300 per hour, depending on the complexity and level of services needed.
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Advisors only earn performance-based fees if a portfolio outperforms a defined benchmark. This fee may be calculated in a number of ways but most commonly is charged as a percentage of investment profits. Performance-based fees may incentivize advisors to make riskier decisions in order to generate higher returns.
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Firms generally charge this fee for educational materials provided, such as a monthly magazine. This can be useful if you want to learn about investing or financial management on your own.
Types of Clients
The company works with a broad range of clients. The firm provides services to retail investors, high net worth investors, banking institutions, investment companies, pension plans, charitable organizations, state or municipal government entities, insurance companies, corporations and other. Out of its 2,233,188 customers, Morgan Stanley's biggest client type is retail investors, though it also caters to 21,639 high-net-worth individuals. The SEC defines a high-net-worth individual as a person who has at least $750,000 in AUM or a net worth of more than $1.50 million or who counts as a "qualified purchaser" (a standard met by having at least $5 million in investments). Just 1% of the firm's clients reside abroad.
- High-Net-Worth Individuals* - 0.97%
- Other Individuals - 97%
- Corporations - 0.67%
- Charitable Organizations - 1.36%
* The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) defines a high-net-worth individual as someone who has at least $750,000 under management.
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