Personal Touch.
Local Focus.
National Depth.

We are an independent investment advisory firm that embraces a financial planning platform in order to deliver comprehensive wealth management solutions to assist individuals, families and business owners in Colorado, Arizona, and across the United States with achieving their goals for financial success.

Our Mission

To be the indispensable partner known and trusted across our vast region for delivering exceptional value.

We combine the personal touch of a local firm with the full depth, breadth and trusted resources of a national firm.

Our incentive is to share in the success of our clients. We take an objective, unbiased approach to understanding each client’s complete financial picture. We then create a plan that aligns solutions to protect and grow their wealth. Our scope incorporates best-in-class solutions across asset management, alternative investments, banking, insurance, and trusts and estate assistance.

The Unlimited Power of Independence

As an independent SEC-registered investment advisor (RIA), our solutions are rooted in the principle of putting the client’s interests above our own. We are unique in that we use a foundation of planning to assess a client’s financial needs in order to create a plan that touches every aspect of their financial life.

Additionally, Elk River provides complete insurance services with expertise in the life, long-term care and the property and casualty space. We take an open architecture approach to the insurance business shopping across all carriers for solutions that best serve the needs of our clients. For clients who are already insured, we simply assure that we cannot improve coverages or lower costs.

Unlike larger firms, especially publicly traded entities who have responsibilities to their shareholders first, our responsibility is to our clients. We do not push products and our advice is not conflicted by corporate agendas or proprietary products. We are laser focused on clients and our objective is to allow each to live a boundless, unencumbered and fulfilled life.

Key benefits of being an independent RIA

Client Commitment

A higher legal standard – best interests of clients

Objective Advice

Unbiased and tailored advice

Comprehensive Solutions

Relevant and tailored offerings across client’s financial life

Advanced Technology

Open access to best-in-class data & technologies

Transparent Reporting

Clear and comprehensive communication

World-class Partners

Alignment of leading custody, compliance & other resources

A Rich Heritage

Our roots are directly linked to Howard T. Alexander who has been of service to clients for four decades. Beginning in the 1970s, Howard and his team provided investment management and other services to clients. Many of the Elk River current team members worked alongside Howard throughout the various decades and formed a strong bond dedicated to helping clients and giving back to the community. The current team knew that the needs and expectations of clients were evolving and a solution was warranted.

Returning to our roots was the solution to fulfilling our commitment to the best interests of our clients. That is why Elk River Wealth Management was created – a firm committed to delivering value across every aspect of financial life to help clients build on their success.

Trusted Partners & Resources

Wealth Advisor Growth Network (WAGN) focuses on helping select RIAs who want to deliver exceptional experiences and complete services to clients across their financial life. The firm is led by experts in the independent wealth industry who literally wrote the book on how to be The Essential Advisor and deliver better outcomes to clients. Elk River’s affiliation with WAGN means direct access to a world-class network of financial specialists and experts at the ready to collaborate and solve complex needs. Also, as WAGN will ensure the alignment of best-in-class talent, technology and infrastructure, Elk River can focus its time and resources solely on working with clients.

Merchant Investment Management, LLC is a private partnership providing growth capital, management resources, strategic opportunities and direction to independent financial services companies, particularly those focused on wealth and asset management. Through capital alignment, Merchant is a non-controlling and collaborative growth partner to firms that seek to scale their businesses effectively and create value for their clients by combining personalized and localized service with institutional backing and global access. By establishing and optimizing business infrastructure, providing access to organic and inorganic growth opportunities, designing and accessing bespoke investment solutions and providing collaborative capital solutions to address a variety of business needs, Merchant unlocks greater value and entrepreneurial opportunity.

Elk River Wealth Management: Financial Life Unencumbered. Boundless. Fulfilled.

Contact Us

Denver, CO Headquarters


Phoenix, AZ Office

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