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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You should be able to combine this down into 2 accounts. One in each of your names. Combine your 401ks into one account, and combine your hubands into another.
Reach out to a fee only financial planner if you need further guidance.
CDs are not a way to build wealth, you will likely lose money after inflation and taxes. If you are working you should at the very least contribute enought ot your 401k to get the fully company match.
You should absolutely be investing now if you goal is to build wealth.
This is a decision you will want to make before retire. You will have a much tougher time getting a mortgage once you are both retired.
In general I do like the idea of lower payments in retirement- just be aware under the new trump tax plan the interest on the debt you rolled into the mortgage will no longer be deductible.
Just make sure you are addressing the issues that led you to rack up the credit card debt. As well as knowing that you are likely turning a few years of car payments into a 30 year mortgage.
Yes you can contribute to the 457 whie taking a pension.
congrats on being in a position to retire early - love it!
You didn't mention if your wife had an employer match? If she does I would make sure to put in at least enough to get the full match.
If she doesn't have an employer match or is already receiving the full amount- I would put additional pay towards the credit card debt.