Martin A. Smith

Personal Finance, Retirement, Investing
“With over 20 years of experience in the financial industry, Martin A. Smith is committed to providing retirement planning and portfolio management solutions to business owners and individuals.”

Wealthcare Financial Group, Inc.

Job Title:

President, Retirement Planning Financial Advisor


 Martin A. Smith founded Wealthcare Financial Group, Inc.™ as a retirement planning and investment management firm. He 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 16:16

 As a MD Fee-Only Financial Advisor, Martin is able 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 managers through his firms proprietary Wealthcare Financial Plan. Martin has completed a M.A. in Commercial Real Estate Finance at Georgetown University. In addition, he has 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. In an effort to bridge the financial literacy gap, as well as provide ongoing personal finance education, Martin writes for Answers About Wealth™, which serves as the blog for Wealthcare Financial Group, Inc.™

 Martin earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal Communications, from Howard University in 1992. He 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.


BA, Legal Communications, Howard University
MPS, Commercial Real Estate Finance, Georgetown University

Assets Under Management:

$13 million

Fee Structure:

Annual percentage based on assets under management.

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Wealthcare Financial Group, Inc. is a Registered Investment Advisor. Answers about Wealth is a personal finance blog, written by Martin A. Smith. Wealthcare Financial Plans is a Trademark of Wealthcare Financial Group, Inc.

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