Marguerita M. Cheng CFP®, RICP®
Marguerita “Rita” M. Cheng is the Chief Executive Officer at Blue Ocean Global Wealth. Prior to founding Blue Ocean Global Wealth, she was a Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial and an Analyst and Editor at Towa Securities in Tokyo, Japan. She is a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP), a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® (CRPC), a Retirement Income Certified Professional® (RICP) and a Chartered SRI Counselor (CSRIC®). An in-demand financial writer and speaker, Rita has contributed her expertise to numerous media outlets including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Reuters, Kiplinger, Investopedia, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, U.S. News and World Report, Time, Yahoo! Finance, NerdWallet, Financial Advisor, Be Inkandescent, and more. In 2021, she was named the #7 Most Influential Financial Advisor in the Investopedia Top 100, a Woman to Watch by InvestmentNews, and a Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise (MBE®) by the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMSDC). Rita is also a recipient of the prestigious Japanese Monbukagakusho Scholarship.
As a Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) Ambassador, Rita helps educate the public, policy makers, and media about the benefits of competent, ethical financial planning. She serves as a Women’s Initiative (WIN) Advocate and subject matter expert for CFP Board, contributing to the development of examination questions for the CFP® Certification Examination. She served on the Financial Planning Association (FPA) National Board of Directors from 2013 – 2015 and is a past president of the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area (FPA NCA). Rita is also a past spokesperson for the AARP Financial Freedom Campaign.
Marguerita’s mantra is “So many people spend their health to gain wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health” (A.J. Reb Materi).”