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Matthias Paul Kuhlmey
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Matthias Paul Kuhlmey, Partner and Managing Director at HighTower, brings 20 years of global banking experience to the firm. Working with private clients and families in the U.S. and abroad, he specializes in global asset allocation concepts. Strategic planning for wealth preservation and generational transfer remain key considerations of his work. Mr. Kuhlmey is responsible for HighTower’s Global Investment Solutions (GIS) division at HighTower.

Mr. Kuhlmey joined Hightower from UBS’s prestigious Private Wealth Management Office in New York. Prior to this position, he oversaw the New York-based Domestic Private Banking Team at Bank Julius Baer in the U.S. While with Deutsche Bank AG in New York, Mr. Kuhlmey advised private banking and corporate clientele. In addition, he was actively involved in projects leading to the integration of Bankers Trust Co. into Deutsche Bank’s U.S.-based operation. At Deutsche Morgan Grenfell in New York, Mr. Kuhlmey specialized in Exposure- and Credit Risk Management. Mr. Kuhlmey spent considerable time in different functions with Deutsche Bank in Europe, including as a member of a Divisional Board Member team based in Frankfurt, Germany.

Mr. Kuhlmey received his degree in Business Law from the University of Applied Sciences in Lüneburg, Germany, and a Diploma in Finance and Banking from the Hannover Business School, Germany. As a native German, he is proficient in spoken and written German. Mr. Kuhlmey holds FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses.

Entries by Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

A Foolproof Financial Outlook

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 5:54 PM

There is hardly an industry that will pay so much attention to detail in preparing a yearly outlook as the world of finance; no, not a review of events and accomplishments, but a set of predictions. For the most part, the objective is not so much to demonstrate the power...

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Happiness: The Holiday Edition

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 4:08 PM

It is again the time of the year when well-wishes for "happiness and prosperity" are splattered all over the place. With dedicated intent, or none at all, millions of these greetings are being sent. On the receiving end, we may not even recognize the complexity of the matter: happiness, already,...

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Patchwork Investing

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 2:37 PM

There is nothing like that safety pin to replace a missing button, or piece of tape to give the rearview mirror the last fix; it may not be pretty, but it works--at least somewhat. Beyond these rather frivolous examples, our tolerance for the imperfect has seemingly reached a new high...

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The Handheld American Dream

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 2:31 PM

We are in urgent need of upgrading the American Dream. Early generations, mostly settlers to the New World, were hooked on the promise of freedom and prosperity, but over the years, the ethos has changed, with collective aspirations now more focused on material possessions. Keeping this evolution in mind, it...

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Great Company Required

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 7:43 PM

It is evidently a no-brainer, and yet a broadly misunderstood concept: Happy employees make better companies, and better companies (should) make more money. However, translating this easy-to-grasp formula into reality is an entirely different conversation. Not even half of American workers were satisfied with their jobs in 2013,...

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Are You Good Enough

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 3:36 PM

Addressing the University of Kansas in early 1968, Robert F. Kennedy notably proclaimed that "Gross National Product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage ... yet does not allow [accounting] for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the...

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Hubble Bubble

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 6:58 PM

My daughters would think of "Hubble Bubble" as just two fun words to say, and, admittedly, any sort of bubble is kind of fun, even the investment-related ones -- that is, until they burst (as we know). Staying strictly with an astronomical definition, a Hubble Bubble "is a...

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A Vertical World

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 1:46 PM

A perfect vertical view, as many of our Big Apple high-rise buildings offer, can be enjoyed from my office window. Down there, gracefully stretching over two Fifth Avenue city blocks is the New York Public Library. The more interested visitor to this monumental site will know about Room 228e, aka...

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Happy Ending

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 5:02 PM

You may not count yourself in the same camp, but just a few days ago, my wife and I were happy to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Moons ago, when we made the decision to join our lives, everything was on the table, from discussions about favorite pieces of furniture and...

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The World is Flat - Again!

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:08 PM

You may recall that not even two years ago, the collective mind was convinced that a united Europe was destined to disappear as a serious economic power; too deep were the rifts brought on by a spiraling sovereign debt crisis, mainly affecting the southern nations of the European Union. Earlier...

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Renting Money

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 5:50 PM

I better come clean here. Yes -- I am a guy in finance, and "dare" to rent our home rather than own it. There is a philosophical aspect to this truth, but more importantly, also a deeply felt divide with most market observers over mathematical outcomes. Yes (again), I have...

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Mr. Roboto

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 1:40 PM

Domo arigato, Japanese for "thanks a lot," is the catchphrase of Styx's 1982 hit, "Mr. Roboto". The lyrics describe a futuristic world in which a man assumes a disguise made of parts fabricated in Japan. Leading up to those days in the 80s, Japan was the world's powerhouse -- an...

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It's Not a Hat!

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 1:35 PM

At the age of six, the narrator of The Little Prince, a well-known 1943 novella, gave up his career as an artist. His drawing of a hat, as it was perceived by grown-ups, versus his intended rendering of an elephant swallowed by a boa constrictor (for all the accepting children...

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Another Magic Mountain

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 3:23 PM

We are squeezing those behinds into crowded aisles, with subtle and focused elbow nudging (but not too rowdily, please), and diligently trained hands reaching for the next "hot" whatever -- oh, the joys of holiday shopping! The world is scratching its proverbial head over our passion to consume, as if...

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Guilt Is Not a Feeling ...

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 2:18 PM

... is what I learned from a dear friend some years ago. Apparently, guilt is a "derivative" of fear, when accepting the fact that there are only two basic life emotions: love and fear. Mr. Bill Gross, renowned asset manager and co-founder of a fixed income empire (California-based PIMCO), broke...

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