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The Austin-Decher Group at Morgan Stanley

Wanda began her career in the financial services industry in October 1980 with Wheat First Securities. After 7 years in various administrative and management positions she pursued her own client relationships as a Vice President-Investment Officer in 1987. In 1992, Wanda combined her talents with Portfolio Manager, John E. Decher III, to form the Austin Decher Group.

After several mergers and acquisitions Wanda and John left Wheat First Union to join Legg Mason Wood Walker in April 1998. Also in 1998 they were joined by their daughter, Christina Austin. 

Christina is a partner in the Austin Decher Group and current title is, Vice President – Portfolio Management Director. The team also includes, Kathy Schwartz, Portfolio Associate and Kayla Wesley, Client Service Associate.

Services Include

  • Wealth Management
  • 401(k) Rollovers
  • 529 Plans
  • Annuities
  • Asset Management
  • Cash Management
  • Certificates of Deposit
  • Exchange Traded Funds
  • Financial Planning
  • Life Insurance
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Municipal Bonds
  • Qualified Retirement Plans
  • Retirement Planning
  • Trust Accounts

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  • 701 Town Center Dr, Suite 902
  • Newport News, VA 23606



    • Forbes Magazine, The Top Women Wealth Advisors: 2018
    • Forbes Magazine, America’s Best-in-State Wealth Advisors: 2018
    • Hampton Roads Magazine, 2011 Five Star Wealth Managers: 2011
    • Featured in Forbes Magazine, Special Edition on Asset Management, October 2010 issue
    • Research Magazine, The Winner’s Circle Top Ranked Advisor Teams in America - Featured on the cover of the September 2007 issue
    • Barron’s Magazine, The Winner’s Circle Top 100 Women Financial Advisors in America: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
    • Research Magazine, The Winner’s Circle Top 10 Family Teams in America: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
    • Featured in the book, The Winner’s Circle IV: Wealth Management Insights from America’s Best Financial Advisors by R.J. Shook, published in May 2005
    • Virginia Business Magazine, The Winner’s Circle Virginia Top Advisors: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
    • Virginia Business Magazine, Top 30 Role Models in the Industry: 2005
    • Research Magazine, Winner’s Circle The Top 40 Ranked Women Advisors in America: 2004

    Working With You

    Working With You

    The Austin-Decher Group at Morgan Stanley uses a comprehensive approach where the client’s needs are always first and foremost.  
    For us to build this relationship we follow a five step process in designing a customized financial plan.

    Step 1 – The Personal Interview

    Before structuring your portfolio we will conduct a personal interview with you in order to better understand you and your financial goals as well as your:
         Return Expectations
         Risk Tolerance
         Investment Time Frame
         Anticipated Use of Funds
    Step 2 – Developing Your Strategy

    A comprehensive plan is developed to suit your specific financial situation.  This plan also may address issues such as retirement, educational funding and estate planning, as well as tax-minimization strategies.

    Step 3 – Presentation of Plan

    The Austin-Decher Group will present a comprehensive financial plan that will help identify appropriate diversification strategies to you.  Together we will take a look at the foundation of your financial plan and ways to build upon it for the future.

    Step 4 – Execution of Plan

    After presenting you with a detailed strategy for your portfolio, we work closely with you to bring the elements to life. Based on the recommendations you receive from The Austin-Decher Group, you can then decide which strategy you are most comfortable with.  Your ideas and suggestions are important to us, as we want you to feel comfortable with the investments you are undertaking.

    Step 5- Monitoring the Plan

    Once your plan is in place The Austin-Decher Group will contact you regularly on new opportunities and current standings.  Tracking your portfolio is simplified with monthly statements and quarterly reviews that can help keep you abreast of the market as well as online access provided by Morgan Stanley.

    Diversification does not ensure against loss. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. There is no guarantee that these strategies will succeed. This information is intended to illustrate products and services available at Morgan Stanley. The strategies do not necessarily represent the experience of other clients, nor do they indicate future performance.  Investment results may vary. The investment strategies presented are not appropriate for every investor.  Individual clients should review with their Financial Advisors the terms and conditions and risks involved with specific products or services.

    Our Clients


    The Austin-Decher Group at Morgan Stanley has a simple commitment:
    We are committed to understanding the needs and desires of our clients. 

    We strive to provide our clients with exceptional financial advice backed by an
    experienced team, with the highest level of personal service.

    Meet The Austin-Decher Group


    Working closely with you to guide your wealth and investments through the most challenging market cycles.

    • Asset management
    • Traditional investments
    • Alternative Investments
    • Impact Investing


    Creating customized financial strategies for the challenges that today's families face.

    • Estate Planning
    • 529 Plans / Education Planning
    • Long Term Care Insurance
    • Trust Services and Accounting


    Working with you to understand your life goals and develop a truly personalized wealth strategy.  Today and for the years to come.

    • 401(k) Rollovers
    • IRA Plans
    • Retirement income strategies
    • Annuities

    Business Planning

    Partnering with you on key aspects of your business such as ownership, liquidity and developing opportunities.

    • Succession Planning
    • Business Planning
    • Retirement Plan Sponsors
    • Corporate Pension Funds

    Ready to start a conversation? Contact The Austin-Decher Group today.

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