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With significant wealth comes significant complexity. For more than 30 years, Jim David, CPA, has been helping people make the most of their wealth through investment, financial, and tax advice, both as a Registered Investment Adviser and a Certified Public Accountant.

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Unbiased investment advice stems from a fee-only financial structure. We receive no compensation from any product recommended, nor do we represent any product or company; we only represent you, our client.  

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Evidence-Based Investing

We utilize globally diversified, low-cost and tax efficient portfolios. Emphasizing evidence over emotions, we'll show you how to invest more confidently, with time on your side and in a way that reflects your personal goals and risk tolerance. 

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Tax Advice & Planning

Effective tax planning is essential to successful financial planning. The fundamental tax knowledge that we as CPAs have, married with our planning and investment expertise, makes a very powerful combination. It gives you and your family the greatest probability for achieving your desired lifestyle and allowing for maximum wealth transfer. 

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Jim David, CPA

Managing Member

Over 30 Years of Financial Experience

My Education

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

My Experience

Prior to founding David Wealth Management I was an Investment and Strategic Advisor for more than 3 years at Brown Advisory in Chevy Chase, Maryland; and a Managing Director in the Private Client Group at FBR Capital Markets Corporation in Arlington, Virginia for over 10 years. Before that I was a practicing CPA for more than 15 years, specializing in tax compliance and planning for individuals, with the CPA firm I founded in 1993, David & Samson, and later sold to CBIZ in 1998, Kenneth Leventhal & Company and PWC, all in the metro DC area.

My Family

I co-founded David Wealth Management in mid 2012 with my wife, Maria Coakley David, because we wanted to share our knowledge on financial investments. We have lived in Northern Virginia for over 30 years, where we raised out four children, Kristin, Shannon, CJ and Michelle. We are proud grandparents of one grandchild (so far), Collin.  

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"Integrated wealth management that simplifies your decisions, and your life."

At David Wealth Management, you'll benefit from our methodical approach, where every service is integrated, every decision is informed and, most of all, every move is made in your best interest.  From advice to implementation to onging oversight, we'll act as your lead advisor, managing your money and helping you stay on course toward your goals.  

We achieve this through a measured, step-by-step planning process: 

1 Discover

We ask that you complete a detailed questionnaire and meet with you to evaluate your current financial position and discuss your financial needs and goals. 

2 Plan

We build you a financial plan based on your information and input, our expertise, and utilization of the best planning tools.

3 Decide

We review your plan with you and together we agree on how you would like to proceed. 

4 Implement

We take care of the paperwork and get your plan moving forward.

5 Review

We have regular meetings with you to review the progress of your plan and discuss any life changes.

We are proud to be a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA). The FPA is a leadership and advocacy organization connecting those who provide, support and benefit from professional financial planning.

"We invest your money the same way we invest our own money."  

It has been our experience that investment success is more likely achieved with clearly defined investment principles - these principles define our investment philosophy. 

Modern Portfolio Theory

We structure and manage globally diversified portfolios using the principles of Modern Portfolio Theory (“MPT”). MPT is an investment methodology that suggests that investors may benefit from having a portfolio of holdings invested in a variety of asset classes. To the extent that these asset classes are non-correlated, the portfolio will experience investment returns with mitigated risk. Rather than looking at the risk of an individual security, we examine the risk of your portfolio as a whole. 

Diversification is about the closest thing to a free lunch in capital markets, so you may as well get a huge helping of it.”  Ken French, Dimensional Fund Advisors

Asset Allocation

Academic research has provided evidence that an investor's asset allocation, the selection of asset classes and the portfolio percentage allocation to each, is the single most important element in a portfolio strategy. Asset allocation accounts for over 90% of a portfolio's performance.  

We offer a selection of model portfolios that provide a range of asset allocations, equity and fixed income exposure levels. We recommend for you the model determined to be the most appropriate and consistent with that of your personal goals, objectives, time horizon and risk tolerance. 

Our Philosophy Includes

1. Knowing and heeding the insights available from those who have advanced degrees. 

2. Structuring your portfolio so that you're investing with rather than against the market and its expected returns; building and maintaining low-cost, globally diversified portfolios that reflect your personal goals and risk tolerances.

3. Avoiding your own most dangerous behaviors - ingrained through eons of evolution that tempt you to make the worst financial decisions at all the wrong times.

Our Fees

David Wealth Management charges a single fee for its advisory services, which includes both financial planning and investment management services.  The fee is charged annually, billed quarterly, and is based on a percentage of assets under management.

Fee Percentage
$0 - $500,000
1.25 %
$500,000-$2 M
$2 M – $5 M
$5 M+

**Fee schedules may be altered based on client needs **

 "What is a fee-only advisor and why is fee-only important?"

As a fee-only advisor, we do not receive any compensation for products we recommend to our clients. Since we do not represent any product or company we are able to operate as independent agents for you. 

Our unbiased advice comes from our experience in both good and bad markets. Our goal is to positively impact our client’s lives by providing personalized service. The advice we offer to you, we use ourselves.

We are proud to be a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA).  NAPFA is the country’s leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors.  


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Financial Planning & Dancing Throughout Washington DC

Ordinarily, ballroom dancing and financial planning aren't two disciplines you would couple together. But now they are two of the most influential aspects in Jim David and his wife Maria’s lives. The pairing began when Jim he gave Maria six dance lessons for Valentine's Day.  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. Those six lessons soon gave way to more than Jim could have imagined. After some research they opened a Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studio in Fairfax, Virginia. 

As a bonus, Jim discovered a number of commonalities between ballroom dancing and his professional pursuits. 

3 Ways Financial Planning Is Like Ballroom Dancing

Helping the local communities of Fairfax, VA and Washington DC  

In 2014, Jim and Maria decided to combine their love of dancing and philanthropy. They established DC's Dancing Stars Gala, an annual event, which has raised more than $700,000 over the last three years for both local and national charities. The one night event features local DC celebrities performing choreographed routines in front of a panel of judges. The winner of the competition receives a mirror ball trophy and $10,000 for the charity of their choice. 

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DC's Dancing Stars Gala

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, the third annual DC's Dancings Stars Gala raised more than $350,000 for local and national charities. The event was at the Sheraton in Tyson's Corner, Virginia, and featured 11 local Celebrities and 4 Corporate Challenge Dancers. The 2016 charities included: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Marymount University, Lymelight Foundation, Code of Support Foundation, Jennifer Bush Lawson Foundation, Operation Renewed Hope Foundation and Code of Support Foundation.  

Get Involved In This Year's Event 



Dimensional Fund Advisors affiliation

David Wealth Management is proud to offer institutional investment strategies through fund manager Dimensional Fund Advisors. Dimensional's leadership in putting the science of investing to practical work complements our own approach to representing our clients' highest financial interests through evidence based investing.


Dimensional Fund Advisors is a leading global investment firm that has been translating academic research into practical investments solutions since 1981. Guided by a strong belief in markets, they work to implement compelling ideas in finance for the benefit of their clients. An enduring philosophy, strong client commitment, and a strong connection with the academic community unpin their approach.

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This Wall Street Journal article offers an in-depth look at Dimensional Fund Advisors, explaining that the firm “isn’t strictly an active or passive investor. It’s both.” 

We think indexing is too mechanical.” David Booth, co-founder & Chairman, Dimensional Fund Advisors. 

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The Colony Group affiliation

David Wealth Management may engage the services of The Colony Group. The Colony Group is a member company of Focus Financial Partners, a leading partnership of independent, fiduciary wealth management firms. These services may include financial planning and investment advisory services.

As a fidiciary, David Wealth Management has certain legal obligations, including the obligation to act in the clients' best interest. We maintain a Business Continuity and Succession Plan and seek to avoid a disruption of service to clients in the event of an unforeseen loss of key personnel, due to disability or death. To that end, we have entered into a succession agreement with The Colony Group to be part of the Focus Succession Program. We believe The Colony Group has a shared culture, service model, investment philosophy and the capability and capacity to serve clients.  



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8315 Lee Highway, Suite 325 Fairfax, VA  22031