Ka Lai (Carrie) Ma

Financial Advisor

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“No one has ever become rich by saving; money grows by proper planning”. -Warren Buffet

During her employment in the financial services industry at the height of the financial crisis in 2008, Carrie witnessed multiple rounds of layoffs. The events of these circumstances left her co-workers and their families, to varying degrees, dealing with financial loss and emotional turbulence. Carrie, inspired by Buffett’s beliefs, saw “planning” as a way of assisting others. Planning could protect and potentially preempt the effects of income loss. It could also mitigate the amount of adversity elicited by unforeseen economic, social and political circumstances. This was underpinned by her passion to understand the nuances involved in helping clients realize financial goals, protection and wealth accrual.


With over 15 years of investment banking, finance and HR experience with Morgan Stanley, Bank of China and Manulife (John Hancock) in the U.S. and Asia, her diverse skill set and international experience has worked to broaden her multicultural practice. This is further supported by her B.B.A, which she received from (CUNY) Baruch College in 2004. Her ultimate goals are to improve overall financial health and wellbeing for her clients and those around her.  

As a result of wanting to expand her knowledge and acumen on behalf of her clients, Carrie partners with CFPs, accountants, asset managers and attorneys to solve complex problems for and with her clients. Her focus lies in financial protection, taxation, retirement and estate planning, as well as wealth management strategies and investments. She currently holds FINRA series 7 and 66 securities licenses, as well as Life and Health Insurance Licenses. She provides fee-based advice and comprehensive solutions to a highly diverse and venerable clientele. This includes business owners, entrepreneurs, professional executives and private client groups.

In her personal time, she is a certified Pilates instructor which she enjoys teaching, while participating in other activities such as kickboxing and swimming. She is also involved in efforts to help promote awareness and safety for the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.