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, Vice President Retirement Planning Financial Advisor™
Former U.S. Marine Sgt. Marcus L. Ward enrolled at attended Howard University to study Electrical Engineering and in 1987 and three years later he reported to duty in Saudi Arabia, of the first Operation Desert Storm where he commanded a platoon of 48+ Marines in the Reserves. After the war, he resumed his studies at the University of Maryland College Park as an Electrical Engineering major.
While reflecting on the time that he served as a Marine Sgt. in Saudi Arabia, Marcus decided that life is too short to not pursue one’s passions. Therefore, he began became an Actor would later spent three seasons on the Emmy Award winning HBO show, “VEEP as a Secret Service Agent to the United States Vice President.” In addition, Marcus has appeared on “House of Cards”, “Covert Affairs”, “The Wire”, “Law Abiding Citizen”, “Night At The Museum”, a commercial featuring the Jaguar F-Type and numerous other films and television shows.
While working as an Actor he decided to fulfill his other passion, which is educating people about personal finance, which led Marcus to join Diversified Financial Services as a Financial Consultant followed by Morgan Stanley, prior to joining the Atlanta “Buckhead” office of Wealthcare Financial Group, Inc.
He lives in Atlanta GA with his wife Eva and their little pet dove, named Love.