The Polk Wealth Management Group

Lyon Polk has been ranked in 2018 as the #1 Financial Advisor in the country, by Barron's. Advisors on our team have consistently been recognized on Barron's top advisory lists for the past 10 years.


Welcome Statement

Welcome to The Polk Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.

We are dedicated to providing our clients with the resources needed for the enhancement of financial and social capital, and the optimization and preservation of their legacy.

The Polk Wealth Management Group was created to deliver an unsurpassed experience to ultra-high net worth individuals, their families, foundations, and businesses. By providing advice founded on a culture of excellence and driven by global insight, the team’s professionals deliver the resources of Morgan Stanley within the context of an elite, independent family office.

Our six senior partners have a combined experience of over 140 years1, and are equipped to guide you in achieving your financial and personal goals. Members in the partnership have earned recognition on the Barron’s top financial advisory lists with rankings in the Top 25 for the Past 10 Years. In 2018, Lyon Polk was ranked by Barron's as the #1 Financial Advisor in the country. 

See the “Meet the Professionals” section below to learn more about our team members—we look forward to meeting you.

¹Team Member Experience: Lyon Polk, 32 years; Deborah Montaperto, 32 years; Tallie Taylor, 19 years; Michael Colagiovanni, 20 years; Edmund Agresta, 20 years; Sandeep Belani, 18 years


  • Comprehensive Wealth Planning
  • Family Governance & Wealth Education
  • Investment Management
  • Open-Architecture Platform

Check the background of our Firm and Investment Professionals on FINRA's BrokerCheck.

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



The Polk Wealth Management Group’s approach to working with clients is threefold: help preserve their wealth, maintain and enhance their lifestyle, and help them create the legacy they envision.  Prior to engaging with a prospective client, we conduct a deep analysis of the individual’s current lifestyle, goals and aspirations. This is complemented with an understanding of the prospect’s concerns and fears—i.e. “what keeps them up at night.”

When developing an asset allocation, we take full advantage of all resources provided by the firm. Morgan Stanley is one of the largest purveyors of asset managers in the industry and therefore, has access to an incredibly wide selection of investment managers, funds and products on behalf of clients. Our team has an internal investment committee of six people that review Morgan Stanley’s approved list of investment managers as well as Morgan Stanley’s Global Investment Committee recommendations. The Polk team utilizes the findings of Morgan Stanley’s platform resources, meets with each recommended investment manager individually, and makes catered investment recommendations for each client.

We also strive to ensure that the clients’ and their families’ wealth is sustainable. By providing estate and trust reviews, assisting families develop a mission statement, and promoting philanthropy and foundation development, we help families preserve their wealth in a way that is aligned with their goals. In addition, we understand short-term needs are important to maintaining a calm and healthy day-to-day lifestyle. Through Morgan Stanley’s online platform, we assist clients set up routine bill pay, and help ensure they have enough liquidity for unexpected cash needs.



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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.


Polk Wealth Management

Deborah Montaperto – MAKERS 2016

Lyon Polk Talks about the Importance of Instilling Financial Literacy on the Next Generation

Lyon Polk Loves Hiring Interns

Assisting with Parent-Child Money Conversations Builds Deep Relationship with Next Generation Recorded November 13th 2015



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  • New York, NY 10036

    Meet the Professionals

    Managing Significant Wealth

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

    Insights and Outcomes

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

    We look forward to discussing your needs and goals, and the exceptional resources we can place at your disposal.

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