DRM Wealth Management, LLC
President Founder - Financial Planner
David Rae is the independent LA CFP®, AIF® to Lead Your Financial Team. We believe everyone can retire earlier and with more money than they ever thought possible.
David Rae, Certified Financial Planner®, Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and Wealth Manager positions his clients for prosperity.
Name one of the "100 Most Influential Financial Advisors" by Investopedia.
“Once you get your financial house in order,” he says, “It’s a lot easier for everything else–personal life, professional life, family life and recreational life–to fall into place too.”
Working with a wide diversity of clients for well over a decade, he has built a successful career developing comprehensive financial plans to meet life goals, retirement, tax planning, estate issues, portfolio revision, life insurance, portfolio management, business exit strategies and more. While based in Los Angeles, he serves clients across the country. At the same time, he enjoys a solid reputation as a smart, go-to financial guy for both mainstream and LGBT print, broadcast and online media.
David grew up Irvine, California. His father Mike Rae retired from a career as an NFL quarterback (USC, Raiders, Redskins, Buccaneers) while he was still in elementary school. This gave him a front row seat to retirement planning and money manners early on. His mother, Terri, was something of a financial genius who ran a tight ship, planned carefully, got the most bang for the buck and successfully avoided the financial traps that often snare former athletes and their families.
At the University of Redlands, David majored in Business and Musical Theatre, earning full-ride scholarships in both disciplines. A year studying abroad in Vienna, Austria – in addition to consistent and considerable amounts of world travel that he keeps up to this day – engendered a dimensional world view about peoples and cultures.
Life in finance
Financial planning has proven an excellent fit for fully engages David’s considerable math, social and communication skills. He began in 2003 as a Financial Advisor and hit the ground running. After completing the CFP’s rigorous two-year preparation program, in 2006 he passed the two-day CFP exam (the financial industry’s equivalent of the bar exam) with flying colors, earning him his professional certification. He achieved his Accredited Investment Fiduciary certification in 2015. He became President of DRM Wealth Management in 2017. This independent RIA specializes in helping the friends on the LGBT community reach their financial goals.
In addition to building his own business, David has always been active in helping others build their businesses as well. In 2004, he founded the Beverly Hills Breakfast Club chapter of BNI, an international networking group, which has grown today into the largest and wealthiest chapter in Southern California. He was also named an "Adviser with Heart" by Wealth Management Magazine.
“There’s a significant lack of financial literacy in the general population,” David reports, “Even among those who are very bright. This may be related to being phobic about math since so much about money is really about math too. My function is to translate what may seem to be overwhelming and confusing concepts and programs into something clear, understandable and attainable. Essentially it’s pretty simple. You have a dream or life goal? Great, let’s sit down together, plan a workable strategy on how to finance it and make it a reality.”
David Rae is the go to Financial Expert for the media. He has been seen, quoted and published in many national publications including Today Show Nightline, ABC News, CBS News, Fox News, NBC News, KTLA News, KCAL 9 News, Time Magazine, MSN Money, Men’s Health, NBC News, US News & World Report, Yahoo News and 401(K) Specialist Magazine and many more. He blogs weekly on financial issues for The Huffington Post where he is noted for his trenchant observations and spot-on wit. He is also a regular contributor to The Advocate Magazine and Investopedia blogs. David recently became a Personal Finance Contributor for Forbes.com. He also has his own personal finance blog Financial Planner LA
David has completed the 545 mile Aids Lifecycle bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles for seven years in a row becoming not only a top fundraiser personally but heading a team that raised over a million dollars for the organization. A longtime and enthusiastic resident of West Hollywood, he lives with his husband Ryne Meadors and their two chihuahuas.
BA, Business Adminstration, University of Redlands
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If you are looking at this to bring the most cash value later in life- then no you shouldn't use this strategy. The fees and net performance are not that great on whole life.
Here is the one exception- if you have already maxed out the 529 or other savings plan AND you are already saving enough for you own personal financial goals like retirement. If you meet these two criteria look for a Universal Life Policy which can act like a Rich Person Roth.
I would vote for paying down the debt. Most emergencies could go back on the credit card if / when they happen.
I would keep about one month of mortgage / rent in saving - since that payment would likely need to be in cash.
Since you only have two months left on the $1000 card- depending on when you get your tax refund I would pay off this card first. Will just be nice to have it out of the way, plus it will be the highest rate card soon.
Then put the rest towards the second card.
Look for ways to get that interest rate down, see if you can do another balance transfer to lower the interest rate.
Assuming you still have other savings yes taking money out of the CD to pay down your HELOC would likely be a good idea.
I'd rather see you put that money into a 401k or retirement account especially if you aren't already saving enough there.
Best of luck.
Most of the time when I see questions like this I answer no- but you do sound like the ideal person to look at permanent life insurance. I call this strategy the Rich Person Roth.
If you are looking to build up cash value check out universal life- they typically have better returns/interest rates compared to Whole Life.