Martin A. Smith, Personal Finance Blogger and Retirement Planner founded Answers About Wealth™, an educational resource to offer trusted advice by professional advisors.™
Personal finance blogger, Martin A. Smith also serves as the President of Wealthcare Financial Group, Inc.™ a retirement planning and investment management firm that is committed to providing each client with values-based advice and custom-tailored service. Thus, the need for prudent advice and high quality service is also the basis for his business philosophy; “How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver!”Proverbs 16:16In addition to being a personal finance blogger, Martin is a 20+ year veteran in the financial services industry and specializes in Retirement Planning, investment management and fiduciary consulting.
To serve the unique needs of high net worth individuals and family offices with more breadth and depth than what is traditionally offered by wealth management firms, Martin has completed a Master’s Degree in Commercial Real Estate Finance at Georgetown University. He has also successfully completed several financial planning designations, the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) and Accredited Fiduciary Analyst (AIFA®) designations, as administered by Fiduciary360 and awarded by the Centre for Fiduciary Studies (CEFEX).
In addition, Martin has earned the Retirement Planning Specialist (RPS®) certification, upon completion of the “AT RETIREMENT®” coursework; an educational program that was jointly sponsored by The Executive Education Department of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and AXA Equitable, Inc. He has also earned the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC®) designation from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, CO.
Martin makes regular media appearances, having been a guest on News Channel 8, NBC Universal Channel 4, WTOP Radio News & Business and CBS Radio. In addition, he has been invited to teach a series of financial management educational seminars for the NBA Development League.
Martin A. Smith earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal Communications, from Howard University in 1992. Personal Finance BloggerHe later joined A.G. Edwards & Sons as a Financial Advisor and was later promoted to the position of Assistant Branch Manager. Martin resides in Bowie, Maryland with his wife, Walida. Together, they have seven children.
Marcus LaRon Ward is an actor, former NASA IT Manager. and former U.S. Marine.
Marcus attended Howard University and the University of Maryland studying Electrical Engineering. He lives in Atlanta GA with his wife and their little pet dove, named Love.
As an actor Marcus LaRon has appeared in the first 3 seasons of HBO VEEP as Secret Service Agent to the Vice President, The Wire and a Strayer University Print campaign. He has done precision driving on VEEP, House of Cards, Covert Affairs and a Jaguar F-Type promotional video. And currently acting in a play in Atlanta titled Glengarry Glen Ross.
As a U.S. Marine Sgt Ward is a veteran of the first Operation Desert Storm. And he was a Gold Medal winner on the Marine Corps 10k team.
As an I.T. professional Marcus has won awards while working at NASA for Outstanding Customer Service to the office Small Business. He’s lead teams of techs while working for National Defense University.
Marcus also spent some of his spare time as an independent Chess Coach in DC and as a contractor with the Silver Knights MD area teaching chess to kids from ages 4-12.
From his time as a Marine he has committed to live by the unofficial motto of The Corps. “Improvise, Adapt and Overcome.