Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management


Jim Wohlgemuth

Managing Director, Wealth Management, Private Wealth Advisor

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A boutique like group within a global firm, Private Wealth Management is optimized to help wealthy families address the complex challenges of managing significant wealth.

Welcome

Welcome

As Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Advisors, we combine our own talents and experience with the vast resources of a global financial services firm to address the planning, governance, liability management and investing needs of ultra high net worth families, their businesses and philanthropic enterprises. We take a holistic approach that is grounded in investment strategy, but covers virtually every aspect of your financial life: risk management, liabilities, trusts and estate structures and even family dynamics and lifestyle management issues. Our goal is to help preserve and grow your financial, family and social capital so that it can have the greatest positive impact today and for generations to come.

We look forward to learning more about you and your family, and discussing the resources we can place at your disposal.

Capabilities

  • Comprehensive Wealth Planning
  • Family Governance & Wealth Education
  • Pre-Liquidity Planning
  • Investment Management
  • Open-Architecture Platform
  • Proprietary Investment Opportunities
  • Sustainable & Responsible Investing
  • Risk Management
  • Hedging Strategies
  • Philanthropy Management

Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, VT; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative

NMLS#: 1279018


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Client Service Team

Client Service Team

Jim Wohlgemuth


Jim Wohlgemuth has spent almost 30 years gathering the skills and experiences needed to help highly successful families address their financial needs.  Jim began his financial services career in 1983 with Dean Witter Reynolds.  In 1987, he joined Alex Brown and Sons and became Managing Director in 1997.  Jim’s primary responsibility was advising executives of investment banking clients and family offices.  In 2009, Jim joined Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.

Jim received his MBA from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Colorado State University.  Jim serves on the board of the Tregaron Conservancy, a project which is restoring a 15 acre historic inner-city woodland garden.  He lives in Woodley Park with his wife, Caroline, and their four sons.  Jim is an enthusiastic skier, fisherman, cyclist and sailor.

Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, KS, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, VT; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative

Cristina Gabalda, CFP

Senior Registered Associate


Cristina Gabalda works closely with the team as our financial planning expert.  She earned her Certified Financial Planner™ certificate in 2006 and focuses on creating proposals and presentations for clients and prospects.  She joined Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management in 2009.  Previously, she was an Associate at Deutsche Bank Alex Brown from 1999 to 2009.  Cristina received her Bachelor’s in International Business and Accounting at High Point University in North Carolina.  She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and three children.  Cristina is fluent in Spanish, loves to travel, and enjoys yoga and playing tennis.

Kathryn Paniagua

Wealth Management Associate


Kathryn provides a broad range of essential support services to our clients.  She works closely with Jim on portfolio analysis and market research. She coordinates directly with our clients on matters including: trade executions, foreign exchange transactions, Banking & Lending, and onboarding new clients.  Prior to joining Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management in 2009, she previously worked at Deutsche Bank Alex Brown.  Kathryn received a Bachelor’s in Finance and International Business at James Madison University.  Kathryn loves to cook, travel, is fluent in Spanish and stays active by playing soccer, running and attends various fitness studios. She lives in Capitol Hill, Washington DC with her husband.

Bethany Montgomery

Registered Associate


Bethany is the newest member to our team and has worked in the financial service industry for several years.  As a registered associate for the team, she is able to gage client needs and assist them accordingly.  Prior to her career, Bethany received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from George Mason University.  She currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia with her Chihuahua, Lucy.

About PWM

About PWM

Founded in 1977, Private Wealth Management is the division of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management that is dedicated to serving the firm’s most affluent clients, including some of the world’s most accomplished entrepreneurs, executives and stewards of multigenerational wealth.  Functioning as an exclusive investment boutique within a global financial firm, we deliver sophisticated solutions that leverage the intellectual capital and insight of Morgan Stanley’s substantial global resources. Drawing on a deep understanding of your financial life, our goal is to help you:

  • Manage investments with an unwavering focus on your financial strategy and personal goals
  • Create comprehensive, multigenerational wealth management plans based on your needs, challenges and the values that guide your life and legacy
  • Simplify financial complexity to help you achieve clarity and control 

Private Wealth Management Highlights
  • Approximately 250 teams1 specialized in assisting individuals and families with $20MM+ in investable assets
  • Over $300 billion in AUM2
  • Comprising over 20% of the Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors list for 20163
  • Direct access to ultra high net worth experts in philanthropy, family dynamics, wealth transfer, lifestyle advisory and other areas of interest to ultra high net worth families

1 Morgan Stanley Internal Compensable Revenue Report, July 21, 2016
2 Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, December 31, 2016
3 Barron’s Top 100 Financial Advisors, April 16, 2016

Approach

Approach

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Discovery Process
Investing the time to learn about you and your family; your assets and liabilities and the risk exposures, enables us to formulate strategies and customize the relationship to your needs.

Formulation of Tax, Trust and Estate Strategy
Working with your tax and legal advisors, we help analyze your income and estate tax circumstances to identify and tailor planning techniques that may be used to address your objectives.

Creation of Customized Strategic Asset Allocation
Your customized asset allocation reflects risk, opportunities and taxation across multiple entities, while integrating your investing and estate plans.

Integration of Tactical Asset Allocation
Short-term adjustments seek to capitalize on temporary market distortions. Before making adjustments, we analyze the impact of taxes and trading costs on potential returns.

Implementation of a Customized Wealth Strategy
After comprehensive due diligence and analysis of expected results across multiple market scenarios, strategies are chosen from our expansive investment platform.

Ongoing Assessment
In coordination with your other advisors, we can conduct ongoing reviews and comprehensive reporting to ensure that your strategy adapts to changing financial and family needs.

Our Clients

Clients

We advise 40 families who have entrusted us to manage over $700 million. The majority of our families are entrepreneurs who built a successful enterprise, underwent a major liquidity event, and now seek to preserve the significant wealth they worked so hard to create.

Location

Location

  • 1775 I Street Nw, Suite 200
  • Washington, DC 20006


    Managing Significant Wealth

    • Investment Management
    • Wealth Transfer & Philanthropy
    • Cash Management & Lending
    • Family Governance & Legacy
    • Signature Access
    • Business Services

    Insights and Outcomes

    Thought Leadership from Morgan Stanley Family Office Resources for our ultra high net worth clients, which contains thought-provoking articles, authored by some of the leading FOR specialists.

    Ready to start a conversation? Contact Jim Wohlgemuth today.

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