Our Story and Services

How much do you have? How much will you need? What’s the shortest distance between those two points?

That’s what The Gotham Group at Morgan Stanley is all about.

We’re a team of experienced Financial Advisors who serve entrepreneurs, entertainers, athletes, media professionals and other successful people with the following characteristics in common:

•They are busy pursuing their careers and lack the time necessary to monitor financial markets and manage personal finances

•Their finances are complex enough to require full-time attention.

The founders of The Gotham Group bring more than 70 combined years of experience to the clients we advise. That advice includes your investments, of course, but it also encompasses such diverse dimensions of your financial life as lending, philanthropy, insurance and estate planning.

Christina Schatz is a Morgan Stanley-credentialed Senior Portfolio Manager and one of the very few Financial Advisors in the firm to be designated a Global Sports and Entertainment Director.

Jonathan Glantz is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) with more than 30 years of experience creating strategies to address complex financial challenges.

Brett Spindler brings extensive analytical skills to the table in his search for third party investment managers who have what it takes to manage our clients’ hard-earned capital.

Together, we offer the complementary skills necessary to help you succeed in your financial life as you have in your career.
Services Include
  • Alternative Investments1
  • Asset Management2
  • Municipal Bonds3
  • Retirement Planning4
  • Art Advisory5
  • Endowments and Foundations6
  • Estate Planning Strategies7
  • Financial Planning8
  • Foreign Exchange9
  • Lending Products
  • Life Insurance10
  • Philanthropic Services
  • Sustainable Investing11
  • Trust Services*12
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Working With You

Business owners, executives, entertainers – our clients couldn’t be more diverse. And yet, many of them share at least one quality in common:

They are entrepreneurial.

That means they are opportunistic, quick thinking and able to evaluate situations and make decisions without asking the immediate world for opinions. At the same time, we understand that these clients depend on us to perform the analytics so critical in creating viable financial plans and investment strategies.

Your investments will be managed by carefully vetted third party investment management organizations selected for their strong performance in diverse markets, attention to risk and organizational excellence. We take advantage of Morgan Stanley’s strength in this area, as well as our own experience in researching managers to understand who they are, how they manage and whether they possess the right combination of skills for your portfolio.

Beyond investing, you can count on us to be a source of information and advice for all your financial concerns. Many clients seek our input before selling a business, buying a business, financing real estate or even leasing a car. We will collaborate with your attorney and accountant to develop or refine your estate plan and we can even educate your kids on the basics of sound money management and the responsibilities that come with the wealth they’ll inherit someday.
    You know better than anyone else what special issues you face. You’re having a great year but maybe next year won’t be so rewarding. You have tax issues that most people can’t even fathom. You have people longing to gain access to you and maybe ask you to participate in a business venture or simply buy them something they can’t afford on their own.

    You need a gate keeper and a confidant to whom you can turn for counsel that’s given with your best interests in mind.

    Morgan Stanley Global Sports and Entertainment is a dedicated division of the firm that was created to meet the specific needs of people like you. Christina Schatz, a co-founder of The Gotham Group, is one of only a handful of Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors to earn the firm’s Global Sports and Entertainment Director designation. She has worked with numerous entertainers, writers, media personalities and other creative professionals to help them manage their finances with greater confidence and take positive steps toward fulfilling their aspirations for themselves, their families and their communities.

    The Gotham Group can provide you with access to an extensive platform of resources that is available only to a select group of clients. These include:
    • Private banking services to help you finance real estate and other acquisitions and/or smooth out cash flow.
    • Philanthropic advisory services to help you establish a foundation, research potential recipients of charitable contributions and realize your vision for the not-for-profit initiatives most important to you.
    • Objective evaluation of real estate, business or other opportunities presented for your financial consideration.
    Most professional athletes know the score. They understand that their careers, while lucrative, can end at any time, and increasingly, they want to do something to protect themselves.

    The Gotham Group specializes in advising professional athletes and their families about the specific financial issues they face. These include:
    • Cash Management
      The Gotham Group will provide you with the coaching you need to live within your means and make responsible financial decisions. We’ll consider your current income, ongoing expenses, proposed extraordinary expenses like a home or a car, projected tax liabilities and other factors that can affect your finances this year and in years to come.
    • Planning for Retirement and Other Future Goals
      Retirement may seem like a long way off, but for professional athletes, retirement can come without warning. We can help you determine which of the many tax-advantaged retirement planning strategies available is most appropriate for you. In addition, we research third party investment managers throughout the US to identify those best qualified to manage your assets according to your timeframe and risk temperament, as well as our outlook for the financial markets.
    • Leaving a Legacy
      We know that for many athletes, taking care of their parents, siblings or other family members is a major concern. We have found that trusts can often play a critical role in providing ongoing support, while freeing you from what may sometimes be unreasonable financial demands. We will collaborate with your attorney, accountant, agent and other advisors to develop a plan that provides for your loved ones, while preserving the assets you’ve worked so hard to earn. If you have causes that are especially important to you, we will work with Morgan Stanley philanthropic specialists to determine the best strategies for supporting them effectively.



      Finally, The Gotham Group can provide you with access to an extensive platform of resources that is available only to a select group of clients. These include private banking services to help you finance real estate and other acquisitions and/or smooth out cash flow. In addition, you can rely on us for impartial evaluation of real estate, business or other opportunities presented for your financial consideration.

    Location

    522 5th Avenue
    11th Floor
    New York, NY 10036
    US
    Direct:
    (212) 603-6147(212) 603-6147
    Toll Free:
    (800) 843-0211(800) 843-0211

    Meet Gotham Group

    About Me

    A co-founder of The Gotham Group, Jonathan brings more than 35 years of experience to the service of his clients. He began his career exporting auto parts which exposed him to foreign currency exchange. Fascinated, he entered a training program at a Morgan Stanley predecessor firm and never looked back.

    During the several decades in which he’s advised clients. Jonathan has served as a branch sales manager, supervising trainees and coming up with ideas to initiate dialogue between Financial Advisors and their clients. He earned Morgan Stanley’s Senior Portfolio Manager designation that enabled him to offer discretionary investment management to his clients and relieve them of day-to-day investment decisions they preferred not to make on their own. His Certified Financial Planner designation from The College of Financial Planning provides him with the credentials to develop comprehensive plans that go beyond investments to encompass lending, estate planning and a wide variety of other key financial disciplines.

    Jonathan is a graduate of Amherst College with a BA in American Literature. He and his wife reside in Manhattan where they look forward to spending as much time as possible with their new grandchild.
    Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, SC, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA; BM/Supervisor; General Securities Representative; Transactional Futures/Commodities; Managed Futures
    NMLS#: 1253302

    About Me

    Christina is one of only a relative handful of Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors to receive the firm’s Global Sports and Entertainment Director designation. She has a deep understanding of the unique challenges that actors, writers and other creative people face when planning for financial security. Her early experiences selling beer at Shea Stadium didn’t exactly prepare her for the advisory relationships she now enjoys with professional athletes, but her combination of financial savvy, empathy and common sense has helped her advise these individuals whose careers can be as brief as they are lucrative.

    Christina began her financial services career at Merrill Lynch in 1990 before joining a Morgan Stanley predecessor firm three years later. She built her practice advising not only athletes and entertainers, but entrepreneurs, professionals and other successful people with complex finances. As a Morgan Stanley credentialed Senior Portfolio Manager, she has managed both equity and fixed income on a discretionary basis for clients who would rather not make day-to-day investment decisions. Her focus, however, goes far beyond investing to encompass virtually every aspect of her clients’ financial lives.

    Born in Greece, Christina came to the US as a young girl and grew up in Queens. She received a BA from The University of Maryland and spent several years working for lobbyist organizations in Washington, DC. She still believes that people have the right to complain only if they are willing to become part of the solution. As a result, she serves on the board of The Sea Cliff Civic Association and NEO Philanthropy, an organization committed to justice, equity and dignity around the world. Previously, she was a board member and a volunteer at several women’s shelters in the New York area. That was before whatever spare time she had was taken up by her five children, ages 7-20. Christina and her husband Jim reside with their family in Sea Cliff, NY.
    Securities Agent: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI; General Securities Representative
    NMLS#: 1279285

    About Me

    Brett plays a critical role in The Gotham Group’s portfolio management efforts. He performs extensive analysis of the hundreds of third party investment management organizations competing for our clients’ business. Brett studies not only performance, but style consistency and organizational excellence in an effort to identify only those managers with the capabilities to achieve desired outcomes for our clients’ investment portfolios. Beyond investing, Brett helps the team formulate comprehensive plans for clients that may encompass such diverse disciplines as lending, estate planning and philanthropy.

    A graduate of Arizona State University with a BS in Business Administration, Brett began his financial services career at Oppenheimer & Co. in 1995. Outside the office, he is active in his community, and enjoys skiing and tennis.  Brett currently resides in Cresskill, NJ with his wife, Deborah, and their two children.
    Securities Agent: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, SC, TX, VA, VT, WA; General Securities Representative
    NMLS#: 1270055

    About Me

    •B.A. in Economics - Rutgers University
    Investment and Market Perspectives

    On the Markets

    Retirement

    Working with you to understand your life goals and develop a personalized wealth strategy. Today and for the years to come.
    • 401(k) Rollovers
    • IRA Plans
    • Retirement Income Strategies
    • Retirement Plan Participants
    • Annuities
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    Working closely with you to guide your wealth and investments through the most challenging market cycles.
    • Asset Management
    • Wealth Planning
    • Traditional Investments
    • Alternative Investments
    • Impact Investing
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    Family

    Creating customized financial strategies for the challenges that today's families face.
    • Estate Planning Strategies
    • 529 Plans / Education Savings Planning
    • Long Term Care Insurance
    • Special Needs Planning
    • Trust Services

    Business Planning

    Helping you on key aspects of your business such as ownership, liquidity and developing opportunities.
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    • Business Planning
    • Retirement Plan Sponsors
    • Qualified Retirement Plans
    • Corporate Pension Funds
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    Making sure your philanthropic dollars are managed with the same high quality service as the rest of your wealth.
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    • Foundations
    • Donor Advised Funds
    • Impact Investing
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    Wealth Management for Athletes and Entertainers

    Understanding the unique financial challenges of athletes and entertainers and how they differ from one profession to the next, we deliver the experience and resources you need to help create and implement a comprehensive, multigenerational wealth management plan based on your needs, values and aspirations.
    • Investment Management
    • Wealth Transfer & Philanthropy
    • Private Banking Solutions
    • Family Governance & Wealth Education
    • Lifestyle Advisory
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