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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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Financial Strategies in a Post-DOMA World

Financial Strategies in a Post-DOMA World

The Supreme Court’s declaring DOMA unconstitutional may require some same-sex couples to reconsider their financial strategy.

The Richest Man in Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon

In good times and bad, consistently saving a percentage of your income is a sound financial practice.

How Income Taxes Work

How Income Taxes Work

A quick look at how federal income taxes work.

 

How Will Working Affect Social Security Benefits?

Knowing the rules may help you decide when to start benefits.

Apps That Help Achieve Goals

If you find it hard to attain personal life goals, there’s an app for that!

Creative Ways to Motivate Your Employees

Five creative (and inexpensive) ideas for motivating your employees.

Protecting Your Business from the Loss of a Key Person

Business owners may be able to protect themselves from the financial consequences of losing a key employee.

Yours, Mine and Ours: Estate Strategies for Second Marriages

Second marriages are a trigger event to revisit any existing estate strategies.

Immediate vs. Deferred Annuities

Looking forward to retirement? It's critical to understand the difference between immediate and deferred annuities.

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Can I Refinance My Mortgage?

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

Capital Gains Tax Estimator

Use this calculator to estimate your capital gains tax.

How Much Home Can I Afford?

With a few simple inputs you can estimate how much of a mortgage you may be able to obtain.

Should I Buy or Lease an Auto?

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

Lifetime of Earnings

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

Tax Freedom Day

Assess how many days you'll work to pay your federal tax liability.

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An Inside Look at Retirement Living

A number of questions and concerns need to be addressed to help you better prepare for retirement living.

Keys to Investing for Retirement

There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement

Retirement Plan Distributions

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

Principles of Preserving Wealth

How federal estate taxes work, plus estate management documents and tactics.

Tax Management Strategies

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

Your Cash Flow Statement

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

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Perception vs. Reality

There’s an alarming difference between perception and reality for current and future retirees.

Safeguard Your Digital Estate

If you died, what would happen to your email archives, social profiles and online accounts?

How to Retire Early

Retiring early sounds like a dream come true, but it’s important to take a look at the cold, hard facts.

Making Your Tax Bracket Work

Have you explored all your options when it comes to managing your taxable income?

The Good Ship IPO

The seas of the market are constantly shifting. Whether the good ship IPO can set sail may depend heavily on the tides.

Coaches

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

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