Marguerita M. Cheng

Retirement, Investing, Lifestage Based Planning
“Marguerita M. Cheng is passionate about ensuring that her clients have clarity and confidence about planning for their financial future.”

Blue Ocean Global Wealth

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Certified Financial Planner


Marguerita M. Cheng is the Chief Executive Officer at Blue Ocean Global Wealth. Prior to co-founding Blue Ocean Global Wealth, Marguerita was a Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial and an Analyst and Editor at Towa Securities in Tokyo, Japan. Marguerita is a spokesperson for the AARP Financial Freedom Campaign and a regular columnist for Kiplinger. She is a CFP® professional, a Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM, a Retirement Income Certified Professional® and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst.

As a Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) Ambassador, Marguerita helps educate the public, policy makers, and media about the benefits of competent, ethical financial planning. She serves as a Women’s Initiative (WIN) Advocate and subject matter expert for CFP Board, contributing to the development of examination questions for the CFP® Certification Examination. Marguerita also volunteers for CFP Board Disciplinary and Ethics Commission (DEC) hearings. She served on the Financial Planning Association (FPA) National Board of Directors from 2013 – 2015 and is a past president of the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area (FPA NCA).

Marguerita studied at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, and earned her B.S. in Finance and her B.A. in East Asian Language and Japanese Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a recipient of the Ameriprise Financial Presidential Award for Quality of Advice and the prestigious Japanese Monbukagakusho Scholarship.

Marguerita’s mantra is “So many people spend their health to gain wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health” (A.J. Reb Materi).


BS, Finance, Keio University
BA, East Asian Language & Japanese Literature, University of Maryland

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I applaud you for thinking about ensuring that your wife can have a sustainable retirement income strategy as you age. I am not certain of your present age, but the timing and coordinating of Social Security benefits can increase guaranteed retirement income for the both of you. Second, while the 4% rule is a guideline and you want to ensure that you don't withdraw more than a certain amount each year, make sure that you neither invest too conservatively nor too aggressively in retirement. Think Goldilocks. You will need make sure that you address longevity risk, market risk, inflation risk and interest rate risk. Lastly, to ensure that you don't withdraw assets too rapidly,  plan for increased medical expenses or a long-term care event in retirement. A downtown in the financial markets can cause your assets to decrease in value, but a long-term care event can have a devastating effect on your retirement portfolio. 

Good luck to you and kudos to you for being proactive.

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