Lex Zaharoff

Personal Finance, Retirement, Investing
“With over 33 years of experience in the financial industry, Lex Zaharoff is an experienced fee-only advisor specializing in helping corporate executives make the right financial decisions.”

HTG Investment Advisors Inc.

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Senior Wealth Advisor


Lex Zaharoff specializes in helping corporate executives make the right financial decisions as they go through job transitions - a busy time, often filled with uncertainty and emotions for both executives and their spouses.

Lex's specialization is based on 33 years of experience analyzing the complexity of corporate-derived wealth as well as his personal experience as a corporate executive who has gone through similar transitions. He is a guide and sounding-board for his clients, helping them stay the course through volatile times – a role which often feels as if he is their investment therapist.

Since job and career transitions raise financial issues that are complex and interdependent, clients benefit from the resources of his whole firm. Lex and his team are twelve professionals with complementary skill, working in a friendly, collaborative environment and drawing from their firm’s 22 years of experience helping more than 200 clients with issues such as these.

Lex is also fortunate to co-teach the MBA course, Wealth Management and Private Banking at NYU's Stern School of Business. For Lex, it is particularly gratifying to share thirty years of lessons learned to help his students better advise their clients.


BSE, Engineering, Princeton University
MBA, Harvard Business School

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