ABOUT

 

Who We Are

We are fee-only, fiduciary and independent financial planning and investment advisory firm with offices in Fairfax, Virginia. As a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) with the PFS (Personal Financial Specialist) professional we have the experience, ethics and expertise to get the job done right. 

Who We Serve

We serve a variety of clients including business owners, executives, retirees and near retirees, growing families, and experienced investors.

What We Do

We provide comprehensive financial planning solutions to help clients organize, grow and protect their assets. Our financial planning services include estate, retirement, investment and insurance and tax planning. Our investment advisory services highlight key decisions that help our clients effectively target long-term wealth in the capital markets and improve their odds of success.

Why Clients Work With Us

We help our clients to simplify their financial goals, decisions and plans to achieve financial peace of mind so they feel confident in their future. Our clients are busy and work with us because they want to simplify and organize their financial lives. They understand that financial planning is complex, so they seek to work with someone they can collaborate with and trust. 

How to Get Started

We enjoy working with new families to learn more about their goals and discuss how we may be able to help. 

CPA/PFS Financial Planner

As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) we are licensed by the state of Virginia and authorized to practice. We have also been awarded the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) credential by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). 

The PFS credential is granted solely to CPAs with considerable personal financial planning education and experience. All areas of financial planning including estate, retirement, investment and insurance - have tax implications, and the CPA/PFS professional has the experience, ethics, and expertise to get the job done right.

 

Fee-Only, Fiduciary, Independent

As fee-only & fiduciary financial advisors we are never paid a commission of any kind and have an obligation to provide unbiased & trustworthy financial advice. 

We are members of The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) which is a leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors—highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve.

Financial Planning

 

We create a thoughtful financial plan with you that gives you the best odds of realizing your most important goals, needs, wants and wishes. From our initial meeting to ongoing oversight as your financial advisor we help you stay on course toward your goals. Our approach helps you focus on the things that matter most to you so you can enjoy your life more.  

 

Our Initial Meeting

We meet with you and take the time to get to know you and your family. We discuss your expectations and concerns, your lifestyle goals, needs, wants and wishes, before and after retirement.

Build Your Plan

We build you a financial plan for you review, based on your information and input, and our expertise, to help you make the right decisions about your future.

Review Your Plan

We meet with you to review your plan and together we agree on how you would like to proceed. We provide you an appropriate investment portfolio recommendation, taking into consideration your time horizon, investment objectives, risk tolerance and other factors specific to you.

Implement Your Plan 

We take care of the paperwork and get your plan moving forward. We may set-up meetings with specialists including an estate planning attorney or an insurance professional.  

Track Your Progress

We have regular calls and meetings with you to review the progress of your plan and discuss any life changes. Most importantly, we make ourselves available whenever needed to meet with you to review what’s on your mind and talk through how we can continue to best help you stay on track.  


Retirement Planning

Retirement Planning

"We understand one of the greatest fears you have about your personal finances is not having enough money in retirement."

 

For those who are just beginning to plan for retirement we'll serve as your guide and provide you with a personalized financial plan, during your accumulation stage, so you can begin to feel confident in your financial future. We take a disciplined and well researched approach to target long-term wealth in the capital markets.

"We understand one of the greatest fears you have in retirement is having a significant loss in your investment accounts."

 

During your distribution stage we'll provide you with a personalized financial plan and advise you on the most sensible and tax-efficient distribution strategies to provide you with income for today and growth for tomorrow to make your retirement accounts last. We take a disciplined and well research approach to target long-term wealth in the capital markets.  

Estate Planning

Estate Planning

We review your wills, trusts and retirement plans, your trustees, executors and beneficiaries, to make sure your estate planning documents are up to date to honor your wishes and preserve your assets for the next generation. 

Tax Planning

Tax Planning

Tax law changes can dramatically impact your financial situation. As a CPA and a PFS we are well-versed to identify both short and long term income tax planning strategies to maximize tax planning. 

Insurance Planning

Insurance Planning

We evaluate your overall asset protection, including how your own your assets and review your insurance polices, including your life, heath care, long-term care, umbrella, disability, auto & home. We help you protect you and your family against unforeseen events.

Business Planning

Business Planning

We review your business plan and organizational structure, integrate your business plan with your personal financial plan, review your succession plan, employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement planning.  

Investment Advisory

We focus on what we can control, which is to leverage the extensive body of academic research on the behavior of stocks and bonds. 

Our Methodology

Asset Allocation

Academic research has provided evidence that asset allocation, the selection of asset classes, which include US stocks, Non-US stocks, US bonds and Non-US bonds, and the portfolio percentage allocation to each, is the single most important element in a portfolio strategy -- and accounts for over 90% of a portfolio's performance.

Global Stock Diversification

We achieve broad stock diversification by investing in a wide range of asset classes using mutual funds and exchange traded funds, which include categories such as large company stocks, small company stocks, and real estate securities. We then follow the overall allocation of the global market by aiming for a world-market cap weighted portfolio of US and non-US stocks.

Dimensions of Expected Returns

It has been demonstrated that the size of a company influences it expected return, with the stocks of smaller companies offering higher returns than stocks of larger companies over the long run. A well diversified portfolio will have a significant allocation of smaller company stocks.

Value stocks are stocks with price-to-book ratios (the price of the stock divided by the assets of the company) that indicate they are underpriced. It has also been demonstrated that value stocks tend to outperform growth stocks in the long run. It is advantageous to overweight exposure to these stocks relative to the global market capitalization, as they are priced for higher returns.

Overweighting in small stocks and value stocks will enhance the expected return of a portfolio compared to the market. These risk premiums are not predictable over short periods of time and may persist or be absent or present during any given year.

Global Bond Diversification

Our bond allocation is designed to be the stable reserve within the portfolio. We work along several dimensions to minimize macroeconomic risks. 

We achieve stable optimization by investing in bonds with shorter maturities, that have a low correlation to stocks, are investment grade -- and utilize a global strategy, which includes US and non-US bonds, that hedges all currencies. 

Inflation is an important consideration for many long term investors, especially for mature investors with a higher percentage allocation of their portfolio to bonds. While stocks are more volatile than bonds, they have also been more likely to outpace inflation over long periods. 

To blunt the effects of inflation we include Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) in our bond allocation for our retirement accounts. TIPS are indexed to inflation to protect investors from an erosion in purchasing power.

Investing Your Money

Your money will be invested according to your Investment Policy Statement. We invest your money directly into the market if your money is currently invested. If your money is not currently invested, we utilize dollar cost averaging to reduce the risk of market volatility.

Opportunistic Rebalancing

Our rebalancing policies help to reduce risk and increase returns by capturing periodic buy-low/sell-high opportunities. It is through this disciplined approach to rebalancing we can capture the full benefits of diversification. 


It has been our experience that investment success is more likely achieved with clearly defined investment principles. Our investment principles highlight key decisions that help our clients effectively target long-term wealth in the capital markets. As your investment advisor we adhere to these principles and help you stay on course toward your goals. 

Our Investment Principles

 

Embrace Market Pricing

The market is an efficient information-processing machine. Each day, the world equity markets process billions of dollars in trades between buyers and sellers and the real-time information they bring helps set prices.   

 

Don't Try to Outguess the Market

The market's pricing power works against mutual fund managers who try to outperform the market through stock picking or market timing. Only a small percentage of funds have outperformed industry benchmarks after costs—and among top-ranked funds based on past results, only a small percentage have repeated their success.

 

Resist Chasing Past Performance

Some investors select mutual funds based on their past returns. Yet, past performance offers little insight into a fund's future returns. 

 

Let Markets Work for You

The financial markets have rewarded long-term investors. Historically, the equity and bond markets have provided growth of wealth that has more than offset inflation. 

 

Consider the Driver of Returns

There is academic research into what drives returns. Expected returns depend on current market prices and expected cash flows. Investors can use this information to pursue higher expected returns in their portfolios 

 

Practice Smart Diversification

Holding securities across many market segments can manage overall risk. But diversifying within your home market may not be enough. Global diversification can broaden your investment universe.  

Avoid Market Timing

You never know which market segments will outperform from year to year. By holding a globally diversified portfolio investors are well positioned to seek returns whenever they occur.

 

Manage Your Emotions

Many people struggle to separate their emotions from investing. Markets go up and down. Reacting to current market conditions may lead to making poor investment decisions. 

 

Look Beyond the Headlines

Daily market news and commentary can challenge your investment discipline. When headlines unsettle you consider the source and maintain a long-term perspective.  

 

Focus on What We Can Control

Create an investment plan to fit your needs and risk tolerance; structure a portfolio along the dimensions of expected returns, diversify globally, manage expenses, turnover and taxes; and stay disciplined through market dips and swings.


Assessing your risk profile is the first step in the design of your investment portfolio.

"What is Your Risk Number?"

Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) is a global investment firm that manages a variety of institutional mutual funds that are only available to advisory firms like David Wealth Management. 

We use DFA funds for a variety of reasons, most notably our shared investment philosophy that tilts towards small company and value investing. In addition, DFA funds have low internal fees and expenses which makes these funds a cost-effective investment vehicle.

Dimensional 

DFA believes that, in liquid markets, prices reflect all available information; focuses strategies on the dimensions of higher expected returns; and seeks to add value through portfolio design and implementation. 

Traditional Active Management 

Traditional active management attempts to identify mispricing in securities on a consistent basis; often relies on forecasting techniques to pick securities and/or time markets; and generates higher expenses, trading costs, and excess risk.

Index Management

Index management allows commercial indexes to define strategy; are tethered to a benchmark, reducing flexibility; and accepts lower returns and increased trading costs in favor of tracking. 

Our Story

JimDavid

Jim David, CPA/PFS

Managing Member

 

Over 35 Years of Financial Experience

 

Education

Jim received his master’s degree in Taxation from Georgetown University, an MBA from the College of William & Mary, and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University.

Certifications

CPA

Jim is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has also been awarded the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) credential by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Experience

For the last 20 years Jim has been practicing as an Investment Advisor Representative, including most recently with David Wealth Management. Before that he was a practicing CPA for more than 15 years, specializing in individual taxation, with International CPA firms, including PwC, and with the CPA firm he founded, David & Samson.

Family

Jim and his wife, Maria Coakley David, have lived in Northern Virginia for over 35 years, where they have raised their four children, Kristin, Shannon, CJ and Michelle. Kristin and Shannon, their two oldest daughters, are married to Stephen Burch and Jacob Hampton, respectively. They are proud grandparents of Collin, Bennett & Ella Burch and James Hampton.  

Collin, Bennett & Ella Burch and James Hampton

 

National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)

NAPFA which is the country's leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors - highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve. 

NAPFA

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

The AICPA is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession.

AICPA

AICPA - Personal Financial Planning Section

The AICPA’s Personal Financial Planning Section is the premier provider of information, tools, advocacy and guidance for Certified Public Accountants (CPA) and Personal Financial Specialists (PFS) who specialize in providing estate, tax, retirement, risk management and investment planning advice to individuals and closely held entities.

AICPA

Financial Planning Association (FPA)

The FPA is a leadership and advocacy organization connecting those who provide, support and benefit from professional financial planning.

FPA

Virginia Board of Accountancy (VBOA)

The VBOA regulates CPAs in Virginia through a program of examination, licensure of individuals and CPA firms, consumer protection through enforcement of VBOA statutes and regulations, continuing professional education and peer review.

VBOA

Financial Planning & Ballroom Dancing

 

Ordinarily, financial planning and ballroom dancing aren't two disciplines you would couple together. But they are two of the most influential aspects in Jim David and his wife Maria’s lives.

The pairing began when Jim gave Maria six ballroom dance lessons for Valentine's Day about 15 years ago. Jim knew Maria danced as a child and still enjoyed dancing so he thought it might be a nice way to spend some time together. Maria loved it and Jim found himself hooked as well.  

In 2014, Jim and Maria decided to combine their love of ballroom dancing and philanthropy. They established DC's Dancing Stars Gala, an annual, one night event which has raised more than $1,750,000 over the last six years for local and national charities! 

DC’s Dancing Stars Gala is an exciting fundraising event full of all the fun, glitz and glamour of the hit TV show Dancing with the Stars! Local DC Celebrities learn a polished choreographed routine and perform at the Gala with a professional dance partner in a competition mirroring the television show. 

Office

(703) 560-8300

Email

JDavid@DavidWealth.com

Address

8315 Lee Highway, Suite 325 Fairfax, VA 22031