Help Simplify Your Life through Financial Consolidation

Jul 12, 2024

Suffering from “account sprawl” because you have accounts with many different financial institutions? New options can help.

Key Takeaways

  • “Account sprawl” occurs when you have accounts spread over so many financial institutions that it becomes difficult to keep track of your money.
  • Consolidating financial accounts with one provider can both help you meet both long term investment goals and make it easier to manage day-to-day cash needs.
  • Morgan Stanley offers several tools that can make it easier to get a holistic view of your finances and make smarter decisions about your money. 

Many of us have been here: You try to log in to your checking, savings or retirement account and after entering your username or password incorrectly multiple times, you realize the account you really wanted to access is at a different financial institution and another website—which you then visit with another set of username/password issues.


Or maybe this one: You're thinking about buying a new boat or car but you're not sure if you should buy it outright, or just provide a down payment. But how much money can you actually lay out right now?


These are typical problems for many people. Over time you’ve accumulated several accounts and now it’s become difficult to keep track of the location of all your assets are.

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The Issue of “Account Sprawl”

Many people find that their financial accounts end up spread too thin because they're using one brokerage firm for investments, another for retirement savings and a traditional bank for day-to-day finances. Having an array of accounts can make it hard to get a clear picture of your actual net worth.


Managing numerous financial streams and expenses can be complex and hinder your ability to effectively track cash flow. Pruning your financial accounts with one provider, on the other hand, can make it easier to both meet your long-term investment goals while also meeting your day-to-day cash management needs.

The Ease of Accounts Under One Roof

Consider consolidating your financial assets at the brokerage firm where your long-term investments are held. For example, in addition to offering comprehensive investment advice and long-term goals planning, Morgan Stanley also offers CashPlus Brokerage Account, a cash management-focused brokerage account that allows you to manage all your finances in one seamless digital experience.


CashPlus provides two account options – Premier CashPlus and Platinum CashPlus. Benefits include the Morgan Stanley Debit Card with Unlimited ATM Fee Rebates Worldwide1 as well as complimentary Identity and Credit Protection from Experian. There are no cash advance fees2 and no foreign transaction fees. CashPlus account holders can opt for Insufficient Funds Coverage,3 which can be helpful if you inadvertently dip below your balance. Clients with the Platinum CashPlus account can be eligible to receive an Annual Engagement Bonus.


In addition to the knowledge, flexibility and convenience of having your finances and investments managed under one roof, the benefits of consolidation may also extend to simplifying your taxes and making it easier if you move or when you're traveling.

A Complete View of Your Wealth

If you prefer to maintain accounts with different firms, having a comprehensive view of your finances can still help you stay on course toward achieving your financial goals. Online tools can help. For example, with Morgan Stanley Total Wealth View, you can link your external accounts to see a complete financial picture in one place.


Other tools on Morgan Stanley Online and the Morgan Stanley Mobile App can help you pay bills, transfer funds electronically, track your spending and create a budget. Whether you’re at home or away, you’re able to check your accounts and securely access important documents.


But perhaps the most important service offered to clients is access to a Financial Advisor, who can help you consolidate your assets, provide advice toward managing them and make sure you have a handle on your cash flow.  


To learn more about CashPlus and Total Wealth View, contact your Morgan Stanley team today. If you don’t have a Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor, find one near you using the locator below.

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