Carmen Bississo, CIMA®, AIF®, CLTC, CAS®, CFS®, is the Director of Advanced Strategies and has been with the firm since 2008. She is responsible for managing the Advanced Strategies Department, which closely monitors the ever changing insurance and annuity landscape, provides insurance and annuity policy reviews for our clients and assists with any related client needs.

Carmen is a senior member of Cassaday & Company, Inc.’s Investment Policy Committee (IPC), which develops the firm’s overall investment selections and policies. She assists with collaboratively reviewing our clients’ holdings and asset allocations, market conditions, research studies, economic analyses, and other areas relevant to the investment process. Carmen is also responsible for managing the investment allocations within our variable annuity portfolios.

Carmen holds the Series 7, 66, and 24 securities registrations, as well as the Life and Health Insurance License in Virginia. Carmen also obtained the Certified Fund Specialist (CFS®) and Certified Annuity Specialist (CAS®) designations through the Institute of Business and Finance, and the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) designation through the Investment Management Consultants Association. Furthermore, Carmen is also Certified in Long Term Care (CLTC) and has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®) credential.

Northern Virginia Magazine named Carmen a “Top Financial Professional” in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2022. Carmen is a summa cum laude graduate of the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), where she received her Bachelor of Science in business with a concentration in risk management finance. Prior to joining Cassaday & Company, Inc., Carmen spent five years working for The Washington Group of MassMutual as the Agency’s Investment and Annuity Specialist, where she trained financial advisors in investment and annuity sales and managed the overall investment department within the organization.

As a member of the Women Advisory Board of MassMutual, Carmen has taught Financial Literacy classes to 8th graders at The Washington Middle School for Girls in Washington, D.C., and at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland.

Originally from Romania, Carmen has found her home away from home in Vienna, Virginia, where she currently lives with her husband and two daughters.

Carmen is an Investment Advisor Representative with Cassaday & Company, Inc. and a Registered Representative with Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., one of the largest independent broker-dealer firms in the country. 

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