Enhance the lives of those we work with, by offering customized family wealth and legacy planning.
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Enhance the lives of those we work with, by offering customized family wealth and legacy planning.
The foundation of The Vender Group is comprised of three basic tenets: Confidentiality, accessibility and affability, while providing highly-customized wealth strategies to a small group of like-minded clients. We aspire to provide the highest level of service and attention to detail, along with the highest degree of consistency and integrity. When mapping out our clients' priorities we maintain objectivity and independent thought, striving to achieve the highest probability for favorable outcomes. For all these reasons, we are often the first call made to address critical decisions faced by our clients: this is a responsibility we take great pride in as it speaks to the incredible mutual respect between our team and our clients.
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:
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
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.
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.
Morgan Stanley serves a global clientele of individuals, families, corporations, endowments, foundations, governments and others through three core businesses:
1Unaudited. As of December 31, 2016, Morgan Stanley Quarterly Financial Supplement 4Q 2016
The Vender Group was formed with the goal of unburdening our clients, by helping to formulate highly customized wealth planning strategies, which encompasses not just investment decisions, but legacy planning. Relying on years of practical experience and drawing on all of the resources of Morgan Stanley, we work tirelessly to understand what matters most to the families we work with, at their core. We take a consultative approach in the design of our investment strategies, blending elements of traditional and alternative investments, banking and lending, control and restricted securities, along with hedging and monetization. After formulating an investment plan, we marry the mandate with independent thought and objectivity throughout manager selection, sitting on the same side of the table as our clients, to select best in class managers. Our investment guidance is augmented by an array of family office services, including estate planing support, expense management, private health care consultancy and philanthropy management.
Scott has 32 years of experience counseling high net worth investors and families. Along with investment management, Scott advises on estate freeze techniques, wealth transfer, family dynamics, philanthropy, business succession planning, liability management and asset protection for families and business owners. Scott is among the select few Private Wealth Advisors to be named a Morgan Stanley Family Wealth Director. This designation demonstrates that he has delivered an exceptional depth of experience and breadth of knowledge in wealth planning and investment advice to the most affluent families.
Securities Agent: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, VA; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative; Managed Futures
James Vender is a Private Wealth Advisor possessing 8 years of financial services experience. James is a founding member of The Vender Group at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management, formed following successful completion of Morgan Stanley's intensive Financial Advisor Associate program. James prides himself on providing clients with thoughtfulness, attention to detail and extraordinary service, which leads to highly-personalized investment advice and counsel. James serves on the Young Professional Advisory committee of the Chicago Community Trust, and is a Co-Chair. James also serves on the Guild Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago.
Securities Agent: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, WI; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
Jack Hellwig is a Financial Advisor of The Vender Group at Morgan Stanley, where he works closely with clients to develop customized financial plans and utilizes the team’s best practices to implement recommended solutions. Prior to joining The Vender Group, Jack was a Financial Advisor in Morgan Stanley’s Client Advisory Center, helping individuals devise and execute an investment approach for their retirement assets by simplifying the 401(k) rollover process. Beyond retirement, Jack continues to work with his clients on a regular basis to address all of their financial concerns. Jack received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan, and he holds the FINRA Series 7, 66 and Life Insurance licenses. In his spare time, Jack enjoys traveling, golfing, skiing and spending time with his family.
Barb joined Morgan Stanley in 2004. She brings 17 years of experience. Barb has served many roles throughout her career including Operations Manager and Assistant Branch Manager. She attended Drew University where she graduated with a BA in Art History. Barbara holds the NASD licenses 7, 9, 10, and 63.
Sarah Beardsley joined the Vender Group in 2016 as a Client Service Associate. Sarah seeks to enhance the client service experience for clients of the Vender Group, by providing the highest level of responsiveness, communication and execution to client requests. Sarah also serves as the team concierge, organizing client offsite summits, family meetings and travel. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Sarah worked for PQR Financial Planning in London, England, where she assisted a team of financial advisors. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder, Leeds School of Business, with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. She holds her Series 7 and Series 66 licenses.
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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The securities/instruments, investments and investment strategies discussed on this website may not be suitable for all investors. The appropriateness of a particular investment or investment strategy will depend on an investor's individual circumstances and objectives. The views and opinions expressed on this website may not necessarily reflect those of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (“Morgan Stanley”). This website and its associated content are intended for U.S. residents only.
Morgan Stanley and its Private Wealth Advisors do not provide tax or legal advice. Visitors to this website should consult their tax advisor for matters involving taxation and tax planning and their attorney for matters involving trust and estate planning and other legal matters.
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