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We see investment management as part science and part art.Even as we use the latest technology to research and continually monitor your investments, The Des Moines Group also believes in old-fashioned client service: We listen to you.As you approach your retirement, we help you manage a complex financial world and bring the life you envision for yourself into focus. We work closely with you to understand your concerns and financial objectives. Then, our process involves building a clear and cohesive strategy designed to help protect your hard-earned money and support your dreams.The Des Moines Group - Brochure
Services Include
  • Retirement Planning1
  • Estate Planning Strategies2
  • 401(k) Rollovers
  • Alternative Investments3
  • Annuities4
  • Divorce Financial Analysis5
  • 529 Plans6
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Working With You

    Location

    801 Grand Ave
    Suite 3800
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    US
    Direct:
    (515) 283-7066(515) 283-7066
    Toll-Free:
    (800) 388-6555(800) 388-6555

    Meet The Des Moines Group

    About Me

    Jim Baker is a Financial Advisor and a founding member of The Des Moines Group at Morgan Stanley. He focuses on providing comprehensive wealth advisory services to affluent individuals and families, and he is dedicated to helping clients define and meet their financial goals, including a retirement they envisioned, a transition of their wealth to their families or meaningful philanthropic objectives.

    Jim originally entered the financial services industry as a consultant, working with banks across the country, before joining the Des Moines branch of Shearson Lehman Brothers in 1991. Jim’s past experience in banking enables him to provide his clients with a multifaceted view of their investments.

    After growing up in a small farming community in southwest Iowa, Jim graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in finance. When he’s not working, Jim can be found with his hands in the dirt tending his garden or with his nose in one of his mother’s cookbooks. Jim is proud to represent a firm that is committed to giving back to the community. He is a past member of the board of the Iowa chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Children and Families of Iowa.
    Securities Agent: IA, WV, WI, WA, VA, TX, SC, OR, NE, ND, NC, MO, MN, MI, KY, KS, IL, GA, FL, DE, CO, CA, AZ, AR; Managed Futures; Transactional Futures/Commodities; General Securities Representative; BM/Supervisor; Investment Advisor Representative
    NMLS#: 1288034

    About Me

    Tom Hunt is a Financial Advisor, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a founding member of The Des Moines Group at Morgan Stanley. In this role, he creates customized, comprehensive wealth plans designed to help meet the unique financial goals of his clients. He applies his advanced education and knowledge of risk management and retirement income planning to uncover and clarify his clients’ objectives and to help ensure they are on track in each area.

    Tom entered the financial services industry in 2001 in West Des Moines after receiving an M.B.A. in finance from Western Illinois University.

    Tom grew up on a farm in western Illinois and graduated with a B.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois. He and his wife, Karen, live in Clive, Iowa, with their son, Jared. Tom has served as President of the Clive Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Waukee Library Foundation. He is currently a member of the West Des Moines Lions Club, the Clive Chamber of Commerce and the Waukee Rotary Club.
    Securities Agent: IA, WV, WI, WA, VA, TX, SC, OH, NE, ND, NC, MO, MN, MI, MD, KY, KS, IN, IL, GA, FL, DE, DC, CO, CA, AZ; Managed Futures; Transactional Futures/Commodities; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
    NMLS#: 1288147

    About Me

    Priscilla Dickinson Sayeed is a Financial Advisor with The Des Moines Group at Morgan Stanley, where she provides comprehensive investment and wealth management assistance for all clients. In particular, she has experience helping women of all ages with their financial strategies, developing sustainable income solutions at retirement and advising young women as they pursue their wealth goals.

    Priscilla’s financial services career began in 2014, when she became a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley. In her current role, she draws upon her background as a small-business owner, executive assistant and commercial property manager.

    Priscilla earned a B.S. from the University of Kansas. She resides in West Des Moines with the youngest of her three children still at home, and her spare time is divided among family, bicycling and volunteering in the community, including with her church, PEO, Rotary Club and West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce.
    Securities Agent: IA, WV, WI, WA, VA, TX, NV, NM, NE, NC, MO, MN, MI, KY, KS, IL, GA, FL, DE, CO, CA, AZ; General Securities Representative; Investment Advisor Representative
    NMLS#: 1301208

    About Me

    Christina Baker is a Client Service Associate with The Des Moines Group at Morgan Stanley, where she provides strategic operational and administrative support with exceptional service to the team's clients. Christina opens and monitors accounts, handles administrative and operational matters, and is often the first point of contact for client questions.

    Christina spent nearly a decade as a business consultant in the automotive industry and began her financial career in 2018 after moving to Des Moines to be closer to family. Christina also draws upon her experience as a small business owner to anticipate business needs and create unparalleled experience for the team's clients.

    Christina earned a B.A. from Pepperdine University where she studied Biology. She resides in West Des Moines, and is a member of FemCity Des Moines as well as the Des Moines Junior League.

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    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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    Investing

    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
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    Business Planning

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    • Succession Planning
    • Business Planning
    • Retirement Plan Sponsors
    • Qualified Retirement Plans
    • Corporate Pension Funds
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    6Investors should consider many factors before deciding which 529 plan is appropriate. Some of these factors include: the Plan’s investment options and the historical investment performance of these options, the Plan’s flexibility and features, the reputation and expertise of the Plan’s investment manager, Plan contribution limits and the federal and state tax benefits associated with an investment in the Plan. Some states, for example, offer favorable tax treatment and other benefits to their residents only if they invest in the state’s own Qualified Tuition Program. Investors should determine their home state’s tax treatment of 529 plans when considering whether to choose an in-state or out-of-state plan. Investors should consult with their tax or legal advisor before investing in any 529 Plan or contact their state tax division for more information. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC does not provide tax and/or legal advice. Investors should review a Program Disclosure Statement, which contains more information on investment options, risk factors, fees and expenses and possible tax consequences.

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