• Did alternative risk premia do their job as the coronavirus pandemic unfolded? Our AIP Hedge Fund Solutions team thinks so. Link https://t.co/31SqsoF01x
    Morgan Stanley Fri 29 May 2020 20:54

    Alternative risk premia (ARP) is a newly coined industry category. While a convenient catchall term, it belies the heterogeneity of these strategies which can be risk-seeking, risk-mitigating and anywhere in between. Recent press has thrown a spotlight on ARP strategies, but it fails to tell the whole story.

  • It's #529Day! On average, it now costs $49,870 per year for tuition, fees, room and board for a four-year private college. While this may seem overwhelming at first, you can start investing for future education expenses today with a 529 plan. Link https://t.co/OPpmu8EJTz
    Morgan Stanley Fri 29 May 2020 19:34

    It takes a village to raise a child, but with the costs of college it may take an extended family to finance the education of one. It also takes smart planning, which has become a challenge in 2020 as the pandemic, market volatility and economic lockdowns have pushed families to focus on near-term crisis management.

    With the costs of higher education trending higher each year, paying for college has become a top-tier life expense, alongside other big-ticket goals like buying a home and planning for retirement. Education costs, often starting with elementary school and continuing through graduate school, have now skyrocketed to the extent that saving for both of those life goals—retirement and home-buying—has become hampered in some families.

  • We're proud to be supporting the NY Forward Loan Fund, a public-private partnership to support the smallest New York State small businesses, nonprofits, and landlords. Read more: Link / Learn more: Link
    Morgan Stanley Fri 29 May 2020 15:59

    Program Will Target Small Businesses Focusing on MWBEs, Non-Profits, and Small Landlords That Did Not Receive Federal COVID-19 Assistance

    Nearly 20 Community and Financial Partners Have Committed Resources to Support Restarting New York State's Economy

    Empire State Development (ESD) and Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) today detailed the $100 million New York Forward Loan Fund announced today by Governor Cuomo, aimed at providing working capital loans to small businesses focusing on MWBEs, small landlords and non-profit organizations that did not receive funding from the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loans. The fund will target those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including small businesses and non-profit organizations with 20 or fewer employees, and small landlords who own small multi-family rental portfolios.

    Eligible non-profits can apply for a 60-month, no-fee loan at 2% fixed...

  • We’re thrilled to be launching the Morgan Stanley National Advisory 529 Plan, an industry first, with the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) as plan sponsor. Link #WealthManagement #529Day
    Morgan Stanley Fri 29 May 2020 15:03

    Morgan Stanley announced today the Firm will launch the Morgan Stanley National Advisory 529 Plan, the industry’s first advisory 529 Plan, which strategically aligns with the Firm’s goals-based investing approach to help families save and invest for future education expenses. Morgan Stanley has contracted with the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) to sponsor the Plan. The Morgan Stanley National Advisory 529 Plan will be offered exclusively through Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Financial Advisors to their clients in North Carolina and nationally, and is expected to be available in the Fall.

    For the first time in the industry, the Plan will be offered only within an advisory relationship to enable Financial Advisors to provide their clients with holistic financial advice on their total assets allowing for active wealth planning and goal monitoring. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management clients who invest in the Morgan Stanley National Advisory...

  • As the first country to report the novel coronavirus outbreak, China is now starting to see a tangible recovery. Learn more from our Chief China Economist Robin Xing in his latest bylined article in @ChinaDaily. #MSIdeas Link
    Morgan Stanley Fri 29 May 2020 00:18

    The novel coronavirus outbreak was first reported in China. And although Premier Li Keqiang has not set any economic growth target for this year in the Government Work Report he presented on Friday, the first country where we can really observe economic recovery is also China. So, how is the recovery going?

    China adopted a three-stage approach to contain the virus and reopen the economy. The first stage was hard lockdown, which lasted about a month from late January. Most people stayed at home and non-essential services were closed.

    Lockdowns give way to social distancing

    Once the virus curve flattened, China entered the second stage, replacing the lockdown with social distancing measures in March. Quarantine measures were gradually relaxed to facilitate the resumption of production in the industrial sector. For example, car factories and smartphone supply chains mostly resumed production during this stage. And since workers returning to the workplace...

  • Sustainable investing is gaining traction in record numbers, according to Morgan Stanley’s new survey of asset owners. Link
    Morgan Stanley Thu 28 May 2020 17:18

    The practice of investing in companies or funds that aim to achieve market-rate financial returns, while considering positive social or environmental impact, is gaining more popularity than ever before among institutional investors, according to a new report from Morgan Stanley, jointly issued by its Institute for Sustainable Investing and its Investment Management division.

    Among asset owners surveyed, 80% said that they actively integrated sustainable investing in 2019, up 10 percentage points from Morgan Stanley’s last biennial survey in 2017. Factors driving this increase include constituent demand, perceived potential for attractive financial performance and evolving regulations that are driving greater disclosure on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors, the survey says.

    “These results provide an additional proof point that sustainable investing has become table stakes,” says Audrey Choi, Chief Sustainability Officer and...

  • The firm is aware of concerns raised about a social media post made by an employee in India. Morgan Stanley promotes an inclusive environment that celebrates diversity of backgrounds. We take any breaches to our policies seriously and are investigating this matter.
    Morgan Stanley Thu 28 May 2020 11:47
  • Morgan Stanley is proud to support the Child Mind Institute’s #WeThriveInside campaign as a response to the incredible stress and strain being put on all families during the COVID-19 crisis. Find out more: Link #MorganStanleyACMH #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth
    Morgan Stanley Wed 27 May 2020 14:01

    Young people and their parents and teachers are all struggling with the ‘new normal’ while trying to keep worries under control. You don’t have to do it alone. Download our tailored resources below or explore our telehealth services for children and families.

  • Although the coronavirus recession shares traits with the 2008 financial crisis and other recessions, the rate and sustainability of a recovery could be quite different this cycle. Link
    Morgan Stanley Tue 26 May 2020 21:50

    Each week, Mike Wilson offers his perspective on the forces shaping the markets and how to separate the signal from the noise. Listen to his most recent episode and check out those of his colleagues from across Morgan Stanley Research.

    Thoughts on the Market is also available as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play and other major podcast platforms. In addition, the most recent episode is available on Amazon's Alexa. Just ask Alexa to "Enable Morgan Stanley" or to "Add Morgan Stanley to my Flash Briefing."

    For more about our Alexa skill, visit www.morganstanley.com/alexa

    For more Ideas, visit www.morganstanley.com/ideas

  • Each Memorial Day, we honor the men and women who have given their lives while serving in the United States armed forces across the front of our Times Square headquarters. #MemorialDay https://t.co/313PBeaeC1
    Morgan Stanley Mon 25 May 2020 20:54
  • Although the pandemic exposed flaws in the U.S. health-care system, it also revealed unprecedented innovations in telemedicine, streamlined regulation and digital health technologies. Here are 5 areas to watch. Link
    Morgan Stanley Sun 24 May 2020 18:03

    As the U.S. scrambled to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, an unprecedented joint effort developed among federal and state governments, regulators, hospitals, suppliers and health-care providers. Out of necessity, institutions altered how they function—and how they cooperate—to save lives.

    Although the pandemic exposed flaws and weaknesses in the health-care system, it also revealed unprecedented flexibility, cooperation and innovation in areas such as telemedicine, streamlined regulation and digital health technologies related to electronic patient records and contact tracing.

    A new report from Morgan Stanley Research examines the potential new shape of health-care services in a post-outbreak world and identifies five key areas that may hold promise for consumers, health professionals and investors.

    “The efficiencies and expansion of care, as well as the potential to reduce medicine's carbon footprint, point to permanent changes and...

  • Wealth Management Chief Investment Officer Lisa Shalett believes that even though U.S. stocks may correct from here, three key supports are likely to prevent steeper declines. See her analysis: Link
    Morgan Stanley Sun 24 May 2020 13:03

    In the past three months, investors have experienced a remarkably steep stock market plunge and an impressive snapback, followed by approximately three weeks with the S&P 500 bouncing around a trading range of 2800 to 2950. I expect this phase to continue for the next three to six months.

  • Wishing you and your family a joyous and blessed #EidalFitr! https://t.co/rOu8WEagYw
    Morgan Stanley Sat 23 May 2020 20:03
  • In #India, our 2020 Return to Work (RTW) interns exemplified our core value of #GivingBack, as they volunteered virtually with the non-profit @RoomToRead, reading books for children in vulnerable communities around the world.#MSGivesback #RTW2020 https://t.co/Oryw86bkT4
    Morgan Stanley Sat 23 May 2020 14:02
  • Will pent-up demand from U.S. consumers help drive a recovery from the coronavirus recession? A special conversation with our Chief Investment Officer and Chief U.S. Economist. Link
    Morgan Stanley Fri 22 May 2020 22:02
  • Fighting food insecurity has been a core mission of ours for decades. With COVID-19 exacerbating existing problems, we’re doing all we can to help ensure @FeedingAmerica can help those in need. Link https://t.co/VXySZJKZOz
    Morgan Stanley Fri 22 May 2020 21:02

    In San Antonio, 10,000 cars showed up at an emergency pop-up food distribution in just one day, which is the same amount of time it took for the Houston Food Bank, the nation’s biggest, to distribute 750,000 pounds of food recently. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, the state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization, has provided enough food for nearly 12 million nutritious meals since the pandemic took hold—addressing an average increase in need of about 50% across its 16-county service area—while the demand for their pre-packed emergency meal kits, filled with 40 meals’ worth of non-perishables, has tripled over the same period.

    Ventilators, testing kits, PPE equipment—the coronavirus pandemic has led to a critical lack of medical supplies. But it’s also caused an urgent need for a much more basic commodity, the shortage of which affects millions more people than the virus itself does: food.

  • In his first appearance on @CNBC, our lead biotech analyst Matthew Harrison provided his perspectives on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic: Link Link
    Morgan Stanley Fri 22 May 2020 19:32
  • Although first-quarter GDP data confirm that the U.S. and euro area are in recession, some signs out of China suggest that this recession may be shorter than once expected. Link
    Morgan Stanley Fri 22 May 2020 14:16

    Editor's note: This article has been updated since its original publication to include recently released data and commentary.

    The first-quarter GDP data released at the end of April for the U.S. and euro area officially confirm something we have known for some time: The global recession has started. However, my colleagues and I at Morgan Stanley Research believe that this downturn will be sharper—but shorter—than the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) that began in 2008.

  • Philanthropy can make a major difference for vulnerable communities, including the large share of Americans who cannot afford lost wages and jobs. Find out how you can help. Link
    Morgan Stanley Thu 21 May 2020 21:16
    "A shared set of ethical values is the glue that can hold us together during an intense crisis. A key lesson from the SARS outbreak is that fairness becomes more important during a time of crisis and confusion. And the time to consider these questions and processes in relation to a threatened major pandemic is now."
  • As record numbers of Americans flood food banks during the pandemic, we’re amping up our efforts to fight food insecurity. Link
    Morgan Stanley Thu 21 May 2020 20:51

    In San Antonio, 10,000 cars showed up at an emergency pop-up food distribution in just one day, which is the same amount of time it took for the Houston Food Bank, the nation’s biggest, to distribute 750,000 pounds of food recently. The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, the state’s largest anti-hunger and anti-poverty organization, has provided enough food for nearly 12 million nutritious meals since the pandemic took hold—addressing an average increase in need of about 50% across its 16-county service area—while the demand for their pre-packed emergency meal kits, filled with 40 meals’ worth of non-perishables, has tripled over the same period.

    Ventilators, testing kits, PPE equipment—the coronavirus pandemic has led to a critical lack of medical supplies. But it’s also caused an urgent need for a much more basic commodity, the shortage of which affects millions more people than the virus itself does: food.

  • Why would inflation rise since the current recession means an acute shortage of demand for goods and services? Chief Cross-Asset Strategist Andrew Sheets explains. Link
    Morgan Stanley Thu 21 May 2020 20:06

    Each week, Chief Cross-Asset Strategist Andrew Sheets, or a member of his team, offers perspective on the forces shaping the markets as well as insights on investment opportunities and risk across global asset classes.

    Thoughts on the Market is also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play and other major podcast platforms. In addition, the most recent episode is available on Amazon's Alexa. Just ask Alexa to "Enable Morgan Stanley" or to "Add Morgan Stanley to my Flash Briefing."

    For more about our Alexa skill, visit www.morganstanley.com/alexa

    For more Ideas, visit www.morganstanley.com/ideas

  • Employees across Asia wore purple to show their support of LGBT+ inclusion for #IDAHOBIT. This year’s campaign went virtual, and employees took the opportunity to share how they are #breakingthesilence to be an #activeally. https://t.co/PMBMwC9wIN
    Morgan Stanley Thu 21 May 2020 16:56
  • We’re exploring the unique impact that the COVID-19 crisis has had on women and multicultural entrepreneurs in a special season of Access and Opportunity with @CarlaAnnHarris. Listen to this episode, featuring @byashleystewart Chairman & CEO @iamJamesRhee: Link
    Morgan Stanley Wed 20 May 2020 21:20

    Welcome back to Access & Opportunity. Because we are currently living in unprecedented times with COVID-19, this is not your traditional episode of Access & Opportunity. As we all try to manage this global pandemic, we're checking in with some of our favorite guests from previous seasons. We want to understand how they've adjusted their schedules, their businesses, their outlook, and their investing style. Together we want to write a new playbook and emerge from this experience stronger than ever.

    In this episode we welcome back James Rhee, Chairman and CEO of Ashley Stewart and founder of the FirePine Group. We check in with James to see how this pandemic has impacted his numerous brick and mortar locations, his employees and the company's overall morale. James is clearly focused on people over profits, and he offers us several playbook points on the importance of loyalty and integrity in leadership roles, as well as the ways in which we...

  • We’re thrilled to be launching Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Canada as part of our leading workplace offering. @CanaccorGenuity #WealthManagement @Shareworks Link
    Morgan Stanley Wed 20 May 2020 13:39

    Morgan Stanley today announced its plan to launch Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Canada, a full-service wealth management offering to complement the existing Shareworks by Morgan Stanley stock plan administrative services it provides to executives and employees who reside in Canada (subject to regulatory approval). Morgan Stanley has selected Canaccord Genuity as its local platform provider to support the deployment of this new business.

    Morgan Stanley acquired Calgary-based Solium Capital Inc. (rebranded Shareworks by Morgan Stanley) in May 2019 and formed the Morgan Stanley at Work suite of financial solutions. Shareworks by Morgan Stanley has been operating in Canada since 1999 and services more than 350 Canadian Companies, comprising over 70% of the companies listed on the TSX60. Its client base includes more than 275,000 Canadian stock plan participants who hold more than US$17.5 billion in assets.

    “The creation of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Canada...

  • Despite the current relatively calm waters, the Global Balanced Risk Control team believes there may be storm clouds on the horizon. Portfolio Specialist Christian Goldsmith explains why. Link https://t.co/nyWTsZCh68
    Morgan Stanley Wed 20 May 2020 13:04

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