Alyssa Lum, CFP®, MBA Luminate Financial Planning

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About Alyssa Lum, CFP®, MBA

I founded Luminate Financial Planning because I am passionate about the power of planning and about helping you build a life based on what matters most to you. Financial planning is a mix of art and science. It’s not just about the numbers, but what the numbers mean for you. It’s how you can use money as a tool to build your own great life.

I will work with you to simplify and take control of your financial life. I will empower you to align your financial assets with your own values and goals.

I believe that financial planning should be transparent, using a fee-only structure to minimize conflicts of interest. No commissions and no hidden fees.

I personally understand the transformative power of sound financial planning and advice. Before leaving my prior career in corporate finance, and before I knew financial planning was even a profession, I built my own extensive plan for my family. We wanted to figure out if I could take time off of my career to start a family and become a stay-at-home mom while our kids were young. That basic plan (built with an Excel spreadsheet) served as a guidepost for the financial decisions my family and I have faced.

My background 

I have an MBA in Finance from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University. I hold the CFP® certification and passed the Series 65 Uniform Investment Adviser exam. I worked as an associate financial advisor and wealth planner for an independent broker-dealer before launching my own practice.


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10 Lessons from Life in an RV

July 2, 2019

After flying to San Francisco on June 12 and then spending 17 days driving back across the country, my family and I are finally home from our amazing RV trip! While the trip was fantastic overall with lots of pleasant surprises, there are certainly a few lessons that we had to learn the hard way.

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7 Smart Money Moves For Financial Success

May 24, 2019

STEP 1: LET THE PAST GO The first step is to forgive yourself for your past money mistakes. That sounds a little "woo-woo", but I do think it's an important starting point. Stop beating yourself up for decisions you made in the past, and go forward from here.

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What is ESG (Values-Based) Investing?

April 30, 2019

There are lots of terms out there that all refer to the same basic idea: aligning your investment dollars with your values. It has often been called Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) and sometimes, Impact Investing. A key strategy of values-based, sustainable and responsible investing is incorporating environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) criteria into investment decisions.

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Ideal Clients

  • College Planning
  • Gen X
  • Parents

Ways Advisor Charges

  • Monthly Fee
  • Flat Fee
  • Assets Under Management

Fee Options

  • Upfront: $1,500+
  • AUM: 1.0%
  • Monthly fee of $100/month if AUM under $120k

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States Registered

  • Virginia