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Zager Fixed Income Management

ZagerFIM creates customized solutions to help investors outperform their fixed income targets and achieve competitive yields while protecting their principal.



Zager Fixed Income Management focuses on discretionary account management of cash and fixed income portfolios, working closely with client's risk profile and income requirements. Client accounts can be fully customized to meet specific investment preferences and constraints.

Our team consists of eight professionals who run some of Morgan Stanley's largest, separately managed, fixed income and cash portfolios. As of 6/30/18, the team managed $10.1 billion for insurance companies, public and private corporations, foundations and ultra high net worth individuals. This includes approximately $2.8 billion in custodied assets at the largest US custodians.

Our exceptionally experienced team builds and actively manages highly customized fixed-income portfolios, providing:

  • Dedicated fixed income managers
  • Tailored, high-grade, cash portfolios
  • Customized investment guidelines
  • Street wide coverage and institutional execution
  • Independent credit research
  • Direct access to portfolio manager and trading team
  • Online portfolio access provides position data and account reporting
  • Third-party custodial capabilities

For Taxable Accounts:

  • Strong tax background and focus on after-tax total return

Click the PDFs below to see our latest newsletters:

Q3 2018 ZagerFIM Newsletter.pdf

Q2 2018 ZagerFIM Newsletter.pdf

Q1 2018 ZagerFIM Newsletter.pdf

Q4 2017 ZagerFIM Newsletter.pdf


  • Investment Management
  • Pre-Liquidity Planning
  • Risk Management

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



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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.



We follow a highly disciplined process in our quest to maximize after-tax returns.

Our fixed income management objectives are to help ensure the protection of principal, maximize after-tax return and maintain ample liquidity for cash flow and potential reinvestment needs. We manage diversified portfolios with no positions exceeding 5% of the portfolio at cost, and do not employ leverage.

In addition to seeking to preserve market value through portfolios with high-quality diversified issues, we create customized maturity structures designed to meet any capital calls and planned expenditures. We utilize liquid and marketable short securities that provide attractive relative returns compared to traditional cash management alternatives. All investment decisions are made in accordance with the account's investment guidelines. All trades executed with firms unaffiliated with Morgan Stanley on an agency basis. The exclusion of trading on a principal basis can help eliminate potential conflicts of interest.

Every day, we monitor and evaluate macroeconomic trends to identify favorable or negative sectors. We examine credit quality, bond structure, duration and other criteria, looking for issues or issuers that exude favorable characteristics or are relatively undervalued.



  • Core Fixed Income
  • Short, Intermediate & Long Duration
  • Cash Management


  • Short, Intermediate & Long Duration
  • Cash Management
  • National/State Focus

Click the PDF below to view current rates:

Capital Market Rates - 12.31.18.pdf

Our Clients


We manage high-grade fixed-income assets for some of the world’s wealthiest and most influential people. Our clients include several billionaires, many of the world’s most prominent entertainers, entrepreneurs, business executives and an extensive list of foundations, hedge funds and other institutional clients. We work to develop a comprehensive understanding of each client’s specific goals, challenges and risk tolerances so we can design and implement a highly customized fixed-income portfolio to address our clients’ needs. Zager Fixed Income Management works closely with each client to implement strategies that provide flexible liquidity and tax-exempt solutions that best fulfill their financial imperatives.

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Focus on fixed income investments:


  • Government securities
  • Corporate securities
  • Mortgage and asset-backed securities
  • Floating rate and callable notes
  • Taxable municipals
  • Money market funds and other short-term securities


  • Tax-exempt municipal bonds
  • Put bonds
  • Tax-exempt commercial paper
  • Private activity
  • Callable and cushion issues

Click below to watch Morgan Stanley's Vice Chairman Gary Kaminsky commend ZagerFIM (03:15) around the 3 minute mark on CNBC: 



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    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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