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Delivering the experience, resources and personalized service needed to help affluent families address their most complex wealth management issues.



We understand that great wealth can create complexity. Investment strategies become more sophisticated, estate planning and succession issues can loom large, and even philanthropic efforts can complicate your life. Our role is to provide access to the skills and resources required to help you meet the myriad of challenges which come with managing wealth, allowing our clients to enjoy the benefits wealth affords.  

We are seasoned financial professionals with diverse talents and a common mission: we strive to meet your needs and exceed expectations, providing access to an extraordinary and comprehensive range of skills and resources required to help you preserve your wealth, advance your goals and enhance your life. Whatever your challenges and aspirations, we are committed to helping you meet your needs.


  • Comprehensive Wealth Planning
  • Investment Management
  • Pre-Liquidity Planning
  • Risk Management
  • Philanthropy Management
  • Hedging Strategies
  • Corporate Stock Plans
  • 10b5-(1) Programs
  • Manager Selection
  • Proprietary Investment Opportunities
  • Family Governance & Wealth Education
  • Consolidated Reporting

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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



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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.

What Makes Us Different

Our role is to provide access to the skills and resources required to help you meet the myriad of challenges which come with managing wealth, allowing our clients to enjoy the benefits wealth affords.

What Make Us Different Account Security

Our Commitment to Clients
Personal Service
Advanced Resource Center
Family Governance
Strategic Estate and Financial Planning
Lifestyle Advisory
Investing With Impact
Life Stages of a Successful Entrepreneur
Entrepreneur Toolkit 
Entrepreneur Life Stages

Account Security
Cybersecurity Brochure 
Top Ways to Increase Your Cybersecurity
Cybersecuirty Checklist

Dean Braun-was recognized as one of America's Top 250 Wealth Advisors by Forbes - September 2018

Dean Braun-was recognized as one of America's Top 100 Financial Advisors by Barron's - 2018

Dean Braun-was recognized as one of America's Top 500 Wealth Advisors by Forbes, February - 2018

Dean Braun and Bob Nelson -rated among the Nation’s Top 400 Financial Advisors by Financial Times –April 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018

Dean Braun, Bob Nelson, and Lowry West - are rated among the Nation’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors and among Washington’s Top 25 Financial Advisors by Barron’s Magazine - February & April 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

Dean Braun and Bob Nelson - were rated as one of the Top 100 Wealth Advisors by Worth Magazine - October 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010
Dean Braun, Bob Nelson, and Lowry West - rated Five Star Financial Advisors by Seattle Magazine - February 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Dean Braun and Bob Nelson - rated one of America’s Top 100 Wealth Advisors by Registered Rep Magazine - September 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2012

Dean Braun and Bob Nelson - were rated as one of Washington’s Top 25 Wealth Advisors by Washington CEO Magazine - May 2006



  • 601 Union Street, Suite 5200
  • Seattle, WA 98101

    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.

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