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The Massey Schmidt Group

Private Wealth Advisors

600 TRAVIS STREET, SUITE 7400

HOUSTON, TX 77002-2900

713.632.8366

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The Massey Schmidt Group

The Massey/Schmidt Group is a leading wealth management team located in Houston, Texas. We work with ultra affluent clients to develop strategies and services that reflect their particular goals and opportunities. We differentiate our approach by bringing a highly tailored mindset to each client. We look to address the wealth management needs of the whole client: his or her family members, business considerations, legacy desires and philanthropic interests. Our team harnesses our experience and know how to advance client interests across multiple facets of wealth. We provide not only investment management, but trust and estate planning services, cash flow analysis, liability strategies, insurance analysis, concierge services and family seminars. We advise families and family offices drawing on our network of contacts throughout the Southwest. As members of the Private Banking & Investment Group at Merrill Lynch we enable clients to access the expansive resources of the firm all the while fostering an environment that is personal and discreet.

Our Emphasis on Estate Planning Services

We work exclusively with ultra affluent families so we are attuned to the issues and opportunities that affluence can pose. We emphasize the value of estate planning services to long term wealth preservation and cross-generational wealth. Quite simply, significant wealth is different. By taking proactive steps to transfer wealth in an efficient and tax-sensitive manner families can effectively retain more of their wealth amplifying its impact on future generations. Our client engagements begin by developing detailed wealth transfer strategies. We have long term relationships with an extensive network of trust and estate planning specialists. Together we pursue cohesive strategies that prioritize a family’s long term financial outlook sensitive to the tax and philanthropic opportunities that affluent families face.

Our Focus on Efficient Investing

Investment management is a key driver of client value. We have significant experience in the capital markets not only in traditional investments, but also in alternatives. We are highly selective investors prioritizing fee containment, liquidity and efficiency. We oversee a number of money management strategies that are designed to pursue specific client goals; we also create customized portfolios to reflect the nuances of each client. Our investment perspective is detailed and informed. We delineate a client’s risk threshold, timeline, goals and preferences integrating this information into our asset allocations. We use index funds as appropriate gravitating toward their innate efficiency and cost effectiveness. We also monitor and review client portfolios assessing their alignment with a client’s life, wealth and legacy objectives.

Some or all alternative investments may not be suitable for certain investors.

Our Knowledge of Defined Contribution Investing

We have significant experience in advising Defined Contribution Plans about their investment offerings. We work closely with 401(k) investment committees to delineate their retirement plan features and streamline construction and maintenance of these plans. As a designated Defined Contribution Investment Consultant (DCIC) within Merrill Lynch we are one of approximately 50 teams that offer monitoring and fiduciary services in this area. Our goal is to help clients provide plan participants with the tools and education they need for satisfying retirements. We are particularly skilled in staying ahead of industry trends while helping committees satisfy their fiduciary obligations. Our decades of experience in this realm align well with our work with affluent clients and families; our regular analysis of opportunities in the capital markets combined with our innate sensitivity to cost containment advances our initiatives with both client groups.

Our Offerings

For Family and Family Office clients:

  • Trust and estate planning services
  • Investment management
  • Pre-and-post liquidity event strategies
  • Concentrated and restricted stock management
  • Customized lending and banking services from Bank of America, N.A.
  • Cash flow analysis and budgeting
  • Philanthropy
  • Access to family office services
  • For Institutional clients:

  • 401(k) plan design
  • Investment analysis and selection
  • Employee education
  • Access to Fiduciary services


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    Barron’s Magazine, 2009 to 2013 named Craig Massey one of "America's Top 1,000 Advisors: State-by-State". Advisors considered for "America's Top 1,000 Advisors: State-by-State" ranking have a minimum of seven years financial services experience and have been employed at their current firm for at least one year. Quantitative and qualitative measures used to determine the Advisor rankings include: client assets, return on assets, client satisfaction/retention, compliance records and community involvement among others. Barron’s does not receive compensation from Advisors, participating firms and their affiliates or the media in exchange for rankings. Barron’s is a trademark of Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All rights reserved.

  • Services

    We are committed to providing financial wellbeing and convenience when it comes to the preservation and growth of client assets.

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    Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA®) is the owner of the certification marks CIMA® and Certified Investment Management Analyst®. Use of CIMA® or Certified Investment Management Analyst® signifies that the user has successfully completed IMCA’s initial and ongoing credentialing requirements for investment management consultants.

    Asset allocation does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets.


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    Craig Massey

    Managing Director - Wealth Management

    Private Wealth Advisor

    713.632.8366

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    Mike Schmidt, CIMA®

    Senior Vice President - Wealth Management

    Private Wealth Advisor

    713.632.8351

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    Hunt Harper

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    Meet the team

    Craig Massey

    Managing Director - Wealth Management

    Private Wealth Advisor

    713.632.8366

    713.632.8366

    craig.massey@ml.com

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    Mike Schmidt, CIMA®

    Senior Vice President - Wealth Management

    Private Wealth Advisor

    713.632.8351

    713.632.8351

    mschmidt3@ml.com

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    Hunt Harper

    Vice President

    Private Wealth Manager

    713.632.8343

    713.632.8343

    hunt.harper@ml.com

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