Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals worldwide. The company’s Institutional Securities segment offers financial advisory services on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, recapitalizations, spin-offs, exchange offers, leveraged buyouts, takeover defenses, and shareholder relations, as well as capital raising and corporate lending services. This segment also engages in investment activities; and sales, trading, financing, and market-making activities, including equity trading, interest rates, credit and currencies, and commodities, as well as financing services, such as prime brokerage, consolidated clearance, settlement, custody, financing, and portfolio reporting services. Its Global Wealth Management Group segment provides brokerage and investment advisory services covering various investments comprising equities, options, futures, foreign currencies, precious metals, fixed income securities, mutual funds, structured products, alternative investments, unit investment trusts, managed futures, separately managed accounts, and mutual fund asset allocation programs; education savings programs, financial and wealth planning services, and annuity and other insurance products; credit and other lending products; cash management services; retirement services; and trust and fiduciary services, as well as engages in fixed income principal trading. The company’s Asset Management segment offers products and services in the areas of equity and fixed income; and alternative investments, such as hedge funds, funds of hedge funds, funds of private equity funds, and portable alpha strategies to institutional and intermediary channels; and high net worth clients. This segment also engages in real estate and merchant banking activities. Morgan Stanley was founded in 1935 and is headquartered in New York, New York.