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Black Diamond Planners is a fee-only financial planning and investment firm. 

Our driving focus is to help our clients meet and exceed their lifetime goals. We do this by helping them create and maintain a comprehensive wealth management strategy. This effort includes making sure that our clients have an up-to-date: 

  • Investment strategy
  • Financial plan
  • Insurance plan
  • Tax plan
  • Estate plan
  • And more...

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Your Changing Definition of Risk in Retirement

Your Changing Definition of Risk in Retirement

A change in your mindset during retirement may drive changes to your portfolio.

Estimating Your Estate Taxes

Estimating Your Estate Taxes

Estate tax laws have changed a few times in recent years. Do you know the new rules?

Assess Life Insurance Needs

Assess Life Insurance Needs

How to help determine life insurance needs to provide for your family after you pass away.

 

Required Reading: The Economic Report of the President

The Economic Report of the President can help identify the forces driving — or dragging — the economy.

Term vs. Permanent Life Insurance

When considering life insurance, it's important to understand your options.

Building Your Legacy

A four-step framework for building a personal legacy.

Getting a Head Start on College Savings

A few strategies that may help you prepare for the cost of higher education.

Lots of Variables with Fixed-Rate Mortgages

When selecting a fixed-rate mortgage, a borrower has to determine how many years to finance the loan.

Four Steps to Valuing an Estate

Determining the value of your estate, or for someone who has passed away, can be a complex undertaking.

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Annuity Comparison

This calculator compares a hypothetical fixed annuity with an account where the interest is taxed each year.

What Is My Current Cash Flow?

Assess whether you are running “in the black” or “in the red” each month.

Lifetime of Earnings

Estimate how much you have the potential to earn during your working years.

Can I Refinance My Mortgage?

This calculator can help determine whether it makes sense to refinance your mortgage.

Should I Buy or Lease an Auto?

This calculator compares the financial impact of leasing versus buying an automobile.

Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Savings

Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.

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Investment Strategies for Retirement

Investment tools and strategies that can enable you to pursue your retirement goals.

Protecting Those Who Matter Most

The importance of life insurance, how it works, and how much coverage you need.

5 Smart Investing Principles

Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.

Your Cash Flow Statement

A presentation about managing money: using it, saving it, and even getting credit.

Tax Management Strategies

Learn more about taxes, tax-favored investing, and tax strategies.

Retirement Plan Distributions

There are a number of ways to withdraw money from a qualified retirement plan.

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Suddenly Single: 3 Steps to Take Now

Have you found yourself suddenly single? Here are 3 steps to take right now.

Global and International Funds

Investors seeking world investments can choose between global and international funds. What's the difference?

16 Wall Street Cliches in 60 Seconds

Pundits say a lot of things about the markets. Let's see if you can keep up.

Should You Invest in Exchange Traded Funds?

There are hundreds of ETFs available. Should you invest in them?

Coaches

Coaches have helped you your whole life, in ways big and small. We’d like to be one of them.

The Facts About Income Tax

Millions faithfully file their 1040 forms each April. But some things about federal income taxes may surprise you.

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