M. David Sherrill CFA®, CMT, Managing Director, Wealth Management, Financial Advisor, Senior Portfolio Management Director The Vector Group at Morgan Stanley

David Sherrill’s Wall Street career started in 1984 at a predecessor firm to Morgan Stanley – Smith, Barney, Harris, Upham and Co., Inc. His work in the investment banking world included structuring over $6 billion in complex financing for public entities in the airline and resource recovery industries. Specific projects included portfolio protection strategies for institutional investors during the infancy of this field.


In 1988, Mr. Sherrill joined Shearson Lehman Brothers (another predecessor firm) to start a financial advisory business. Today his clientele includes individuals, family trusts, charitable institutions, corporate entities and foundations. As one of the founding members of The Vector Group at Morgan Stanley, his focus includes financial planning, portfolio management, equity investing, risk assessment and alternative investments.


Mr. Sherrill is a CFA® Charterholder and has the designation of Chartered Market Technician (CMT®). With these advanced credentials, he analyzes investment opportunities for portfolio construction including strategic and tactical moves.


His education includes a B.S. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. His passions include his family, music, history, backgammon and wine. He is very active in philanthropic pursuits including those aiding children in need, journalism and the arts. He has served on several eleemosynary boards including the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the New England Historic Genealogic Society and the California Jazz Conservancy.


Mr. Sherrill has been a guest speaker on “Bloomberg Rewind” and named to The Financial Times’ “Top 400 Financial Advisors” in 2013. He has also been named to Forbes Magazine’s inaugural list of “America’s Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” in 2018 and 2019.


Technical analysis is the study of past price and volume trends of a security in an attempt to predict the security’s future price and volume trends. Its limitations include but are not limited to: the lack of fundamental analysis of a security’s financial condition, lack of analysis of macro economic trend forecasts, the bias of the technician’s view and the possibility that past participants were not entirely rational in their past purchases or sales of the security being analyzed. Investors using technical analysis should consider these limitations prior to making an investment decision.


Source: The Financial Times “Top 400 Financial Advisors,” April, 2013.   Criteria are based, in part, upon data gathered from and verified by Morgan Stanley as well as qualitative and quantitative criteria, including but not limited to, assets under management, asset growth, compliance records, and experience.  Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors were nominated by Morgan Stanley.  The rating may not be representative of any one client’s experience and is not indicative of the Financial Advisor’s future performance.  Neither Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC nor its Financial Advisors or Private Wealth Advisors pays a fee to The Financial Times in exchange for the rating.


The investments listed may not be suitable for all investors. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC recommends that investors independently evaluate particular investments, and encourages investors to seek the advice of a financial advisor. The appropriateness of a particular investment will depend upon an investor’s individual circumstances and objectives.

The Vector Group at Morgan Stanley

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