The Fortis Group

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

A steadfast group of financial professionals providing strength in service, solutions and standards.

Our Story and Services

Our Story and Services

The Fortis Group at Morgan Stanley


The name Fortis derives from a Latin word meaning strong, steadfast and resolute. We chose this name as it represents our unwavering promise to our clients. When working with The Fortis Group at Morgan Stanley, you can expect strength in service, standards and solutions. Together, our group has over 60 years of combined experience working in wealth management and each member of the team brings their own unique experience. We understand that your finances are just one aspect of your multi-faceted life, and we strive to make working with us as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Our offices are located in Columbus, Ohio, although our client base is nationwide.

To learn more about the individuals that comprise The Fortis Group, please scroll down to view our team member biographies.  To speak with an advisor, please call us at (614)269-3401.

Click here for a downloadable .PDF overview of our team: The Fortis Group Team One Sheet.pdf

Services Include

  • Corporate Retirement Plans
  • Financial Planning
  • Estate Planning Strategies
  • 401(k) Rollovers
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Executive Financial Services
  • Institutional Services
  • Endowments and Foundations
  • Alternative Investments
  • Annuities
  • Life Insurance
  • Trust Accounts
  • 529 Plans


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

The Monthly Atlas

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Volume 1, Chapter 2 || February 2019 

SNAP SHOT

  • U.S. stock markets took Fed’s patience as reason to extend gains
  • International stocks underperformed U.S. stocks
  • Labor markets indicating troubling times ahead
  • Disconnect between market expectations of interest rate increases and Fed
  • Continue to favor defensive positions into 2019

Markets clocked in their best January since the 1980’s, following the worst December since the Great Recession[i]. Unfortunately, the month started off in a less-than-appealing way as earnings season brought on some unexpected bad news with many companies reporting lower revenue figures, citing a slowing Chinese consumer. Investors panicked and continued the selling that had begun in the fourth quarter. Investors globally took this as a warning and renewed concerns over a broad global slowdown and a decelerating Chinese economy (something the Investment Committee cited last month in our monthly commentary).  

To the rescue in Superman fashion, the U.S. Federal Reserve and Jerome Powell swooped in to calm markets. In a meeting shortly after the beginning of the month, Mr. Powell assured markets the Committee was “patient” in their approach to monetary policy and would “be prepared to adjust policy quickly and flexibly and use all of our tools to support the economy should that be appropriate.”[i] Stock markets reacted to this as if the cops just walked in on an underage party and told everyone to party on! And that’s just what U.S. stocks did, moving sharply higher (+8%) for the month, with some of the top performing sector leaders continuing to outperform.

 Continue reading here: The Monthly Atlas by Patrick Huang_ Vol 1 Ch 2 The Fortis Group at Morgan Stanley.pdf
 





DISCLOSURES
© 2018 Investments and services offered through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, member SIPC. CRC 2413177 Dtd 02/2019
This material does not provide individually tailored investment advice.  It has been prepared without regard to the individual financial circumstances and objectives of persons who receive it.  The strategies and/or investments discussed in this material may not be suitable for all investors.  Morgan Stanley Wealth Management recommends that investors independently evaluate particular investments and strategies, and encourages investors to seek the advice of a Financial Advisor.  The appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an investor’s individual circumstances and objectives.S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged, market value-weighted index of 500 stocks generally representative of the broad stock market. An investment cannot be made directly in a market index.Information contained herein has been obtained from sources considered to be reliable, but we do not guarantee their accuracy or completeness. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management or its affiliates. All opinions are subject to change without notice. Neither the information provided nor any opinion expressed constitutes a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Ideas (New!)

You Can't Time the Market

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By Peter Risch
Executive Director, Financial Advisor

There are many things that could affect the overall equity market and any individual stocks you may own—from economic trends to geopolitical events like an election. What is certain is that the market will always have its peaks and dips.

This market cycle can make it tempting for investors to attempt to buy and sell stocks at particular times to maximize gains and avoid down periods. This investment strategy is known as market timing, the practice of moving in and out of the market based on predicting when the market will shift.

Although the idea of market timing can be tempting, it is also extremely difficult for most investors to predict the future of the market. In fact, those who try to time the market may actually underperform investors who simply buy and hold stocks.

One reason is the tendency of the market to experience big upswings and downswings on adjacent days during periods of market volatility. That means an investor who sells after a substantial down day for the market may miss a subsequent period of gains. Also, many investors let emotions dictate their actions, leading them to buy stocks when the market has already gained in value, only to sell when the market has declined, leading to sluggish returns. Moreover, even with sophisticated tools to analyze the factors affecting stock prices, it is very difficult to forecast future stock market movements.




Along with possibly missing out on market gains, market timing can have other penalties. The transaction costs from buying and selling stocks can add up and drag down overall returns.

Creating and staying with a financial strategy can help you avoid making rash moves in response to what’s happening in the market. Our team can help you tailor a framework that’s set against your long-term goals and considers key aspects of your financial life, from your age and aspirations to current market opportunities. While market conditions may vary, a personalized, adaptable wealth strategy that’s centered around your life goals should remain a constant as you build your wealth and plan for your future.


This article has been prepared for informational purposes only. The information and data in the article has been obtained from sources outside of Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley makes no representations or guarantees as to the accuracy or completeness of the information or data from sources outside of Morgan Stanley. It does not provide individually tailored investment advice and has been prepared without regard to the individual financial circumstances and objectives of persons who receive it. The strategies and/or investments discussed in this article may not be suitable for all investors. Morgan Stanley recommends that investors independently evaluate particular investments and strategies, and encourages investors to seek the advice of a Financial Advisor. The appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an investor’s individual circumstances and objectives.
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC and its Financial Advisors and Private Wealth Advisors do not provide any tax/legal advice. Consult your own tax/legal advisor before making any tax or legal-related investment decisions.
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Corporate Retirement

Corporate Retirement Plan Solutions


Managing a corporate retirement plan can often be a source of stress for plan sponsors. Your company's retirement plan should be an asset that elevates your company's benefit offering beyond compensation. Our team has the capacity to offer plan sponsors and their participants group education seminars in addition to individualized financial planning. We have seen first hand how one-on-one connections with plan participants increases both participation rates and deferral amounts, thereby aiding in key talent attraction and retention.


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We provide consultative and administrative services for:

  • 401(k)s

  • 403(b)s

  • Defined Benefit (Pension) Plans

  • Frozen Defined Benefit Plans

  • Multiple Employer Plans (MEPs)

  • Cash Balance Plans


Our corporate retirement solutions include:

  • ERISA 3(21), 3(38) fiduciary services, with access to 3(16) fiduciary providers

  • Investment Policy Statement (IPS) creation, review and implementation

  • Education Plan Statement (EPS) creation, review and implementation

  • Fee benchmarking analysis and fund assessment



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The Fortis Group at Morgan Stanley is thrilled to be listed as a NAPA Top DC Advisor Team.

NAPA member criteria is as follows:

 Focus on providing high quality, professional advice to retirement plans and their participants
A commitment to leading the transition to a more transparent, effective professionally governed retirement system
Serve as either fiduciaries or non-fiduciaries, but are committed to clearly disclosing their fiduciary status to their ERISA retirement plan clients
Pledge to comply with all requirements relating to retirement plans that required by the SEC, DOL or any other governing agencies
Pledge to maintain ethical standards in their representation of plan sponsor and participant clients and will strive to service them under a process that puts their interests first

Learn more here.



Plan Sponsor Insights Winter 2018 _ 19.pdf
Read more about the services we provided in these whitepapers:
What to Look for in Your 401_k_ Service Provider.pdf
Are You Shouldering Too Much Responsibility in Your Retirement Plan.pdf
Saving for Retirement as Highly Compensated Employee.pdf



Most recent corporate retirement updates from Morgan Stanley:
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Your Financial Future Winter 2018 _ 19.pdf


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Plan Sponsor Insights Winter 2018 _ 19.pdf



DISCLOSURES
This material does not provide individually tailored investment advice. It has been prepared without regard to the individual’s financial circumstances and objectives of persons who receive it. The strategies and/or investments discussed in this material may not be suitable for all investors. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management recommends that investors independently evaluate particular investments and strategies, and encourages investors to seek the advice of a Financial Advisor. The appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an investor’s individual circumstances and objectives. Tax laws are complex and subject to change. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (“Morgan Stanley”) , its affiliates and Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors and Private Wealth Advisors do not provide tax or legal advice and are not “fiduciaries” (under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code or otherwise) with respect to the services or activities described herein except as otherwise provided in writing by Morgan Stanley and/or as described at www.morganstanley.com/disclosures/dol. Individuals are encouraged to consult their tax and legal advisors (a) before establishing a retirement plan or account, and (b) regarding any potential tax, ERISA and related consequences of any investments made under such plan or account. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, member SIPC. CRC 2180699 07/18

Family Office Resources

Family Office Resources



With your family's mission at the forefront of the conversation, we provide solutions for the wellbeing of your financial life and beyond. The solutions we provide help to ensure that your family's unique needs are met with proven strategies that are backed by the unwavering efforts of our experienced team of professionals.


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Highly recommended reading for high net worth families:


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Our family office resources include financial planning and investment consulting, estate and wealth transfer services, charitable donations and tax planning, access to lending and banking solutions, insurance and income needs, and premier lifestyle services.

DISCLOSURES
This material does not provide individually tailored investment advice. It has been prepared without regard to the individual’s financial circumstances and objectives of persons who receive it. The strategies and/or investments discussed in this material may not be suitable for all investors. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management recommends that investors independently evaluate particular investments and strategies, and encourages investors to seek the advice of a Financial Advisor. The appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an investor’s individual circumstances and objectives. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC is a registered Broker/Dealer, Member SIPC, and not a bank. Where appropriate, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC has entered into arrangements with banks and other third parties to assiet in offering certain banking related products and services. Investment, insurance, and annutiy products offered through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC are NOT FDIC INSURED | MAY LOSE VALUE | NOT BANK GUARANTEED | NOT A BANK DEPOSIT | NOT INSURED BY ANY FEDERAL G OVERNMENT AGENCY. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC and its Financial Advisors do not provide tax or legal advice. Individuals should seek advice based on their particular circumstance from an independent tax advisor.
Investments and services offered through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, member SIPC CRC 2185167 07/2018

Meet The Fortis Group

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

Mosaic

Explore ideas and inspiration with captivating, original lifestyle stories created exclusively for Morgan Stanley clients.

Retirement

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

Family

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

Ready to start a conversation? Contact The Fortis Group today.

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Investment, insurance and annuity products offered through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC are: NOT FDIC INSURED | MAY LOSE VALUE | NOT BANK GUARANTEED | NOT A BANK DEPOSIT | NOT INSURED BY ANY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCY

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