Granite State Group at Morgan Stanley

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Granite State Group


Tailored investment and financial strategies for individuals, families, businesses and non-profit organizations

Our Story and Services

Value Proposition

Our goal is for you and future generations to enjoy your wealth without worry.  To help you achieve that, we begin with a comprehensive wealth management process that combines relationship management, advanced planning and investment consulting as we seek to add discipline to what can be a very complicated and emotional planning process.  Our hope is clients will feel like they are working with a small boutique firm, while benefiting from the strength and scope of resources a global firm like Morgan Stanley* can offer.

The Granite State Group at Morgan Stanley* advises a select group of affluent families who have typically built their wealth entrepreneurially.  By guiding our clients through an extensive discovery process, we approach each family as a unique entity where the end result is a very personalized wealth management experience.

As a family wealth director (awarded to less than 3.0% of the advisors at the firm) Kurt provides our clients access to the full breadth or personalized advisor services (family office experience) tailored to help meet their wealth management and investment goals.

Services Include

  • Retirement Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • 401(k) Rollovers
  • Financial Planning
  • Estate Planning Strategies
  • Corporate Cash Management
  • Lending Products
  • Asset Management
  • Business Planning
  • Executive Benefit Services
  • Philanthropic Services
  • Planning for Education Funding
  • Professional Portfolio Management
  • Stock Option Plans

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Working With You

Working With You

Simply put, our goal is to be your personal Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  We want to be the first call you make regarding financial issues and decisions.  We have available an extensive network of financial professionals including a virtual team within Morgan Stanley* as well as outside relationships with CPAs and estate planners.  These colleagues provide an additional layer of expertise and can help us to formulate your investment strategy.

Our clients are living longer and often concerned about retirement income.  Today’s headlines regarding the viability of the Social Security program and medical insurance costs do nothing to instill confidence.  We can help you better prepare for the retirement you envision while partnering with you – helping you navigate choices and avoiding costly mistakes. Your goals are central to the formulation of your investment plan.  Once goals are established, we then determine based on your assets, the investment performance required to meet or exceed those goals.  At all times, we want  you to be comfortable with the risk/reward relationship of your portfolio.

Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Building a lasting, trusting relationship while helping you to meet your objectives is the foundation of our practice.  By understanding and focusing on your goals and risk tolerance, we can determine an acceptable performance/risk tolerance benchmark for your investment portfolio.  While we realize the importance of diversification, your feelings about risk are equally important.

Our Process

Our Process

1. Most importantly, we need to Thoroughly Understand our Clients. Through a comprehensive discovery process, we are able to understand not only your financial goals and challenges but who you truly are including your most important values and motivations.

2. We Establish a Methodical Consultative Relationship. By consistently following our process, we methodically build a lasting relationship.  Our process consists of:

     • Discovery Meeting- In addition to getting to know each other, we use this time to find out what is
       most important to you and your family
     • Investment Plan Meeting-Our presentation to you of a detailed investment plan that considers
       your stated needs, goals and risk tolerance.
     • Mutual Commitment Meeting-After consideration, you decide to move forward with the investment
       plan and we agree to work together.
     • 45 Day Follow-Up Meeting-We help you understand and organize your financial paperwork.  At
       this meeting, we also address any concerns, questions, or issues.
     • Regular Progress Meetings-Advanced planning is presented at the first regular progress meeting. 
       Progress towards goals is then monitored at subsequent meetings.

Meet Granite State 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


Making sure your philanthropic dollars are managed with the same best-in-class service as the rest of your wealth.

  • Endowments
  • Foundations
  • Donor Advised Funds
  • Impact Investing

Ready to start a conversation? Contact Granite State Group today.

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