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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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Six Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

Six Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

Six overlooked tax deductions to help manage your tax bill.

Red Flags for Tax Auditors

Red Flags for Tax Auditors

Here are six flags that may make your tax return prime for an IRS audit.

When Should You Take Social Security

When Should You Take Social Security

Monthly Social Security payments differ substantially depending on when you start receiving benefits.

 

What’s Your Investment IQ?

You make decisions for your portfolio, but how much do you really know about the products you buy? Try this quiz

Understanding the Alternate Valuation Date

Executors can value the estate on the date of death, or on its six-month anniversary —the “Alternate Valuation Date."

What Do Your Taxes Pay For?

Here's a breakdown of how the federal government spends your tax money.

Split Annuity Strategy

Here's one strategy that combines two different annuities to generate income and rebuild principal.

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.

Healthy Body, Healthy Pocketbook

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help you reduce health-related expenses—and avoid time in the recovery room.

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Annuity Comparison

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

Comparing Investments

This calculator compares the net gain of a taxable investment versus a tax-favored one.

Potential Income from an IRA

Estimate your monthly and annual income from various IRA types.

Bi-Weekly Payments

This calculator estimates the savings from paying a mortgage bi-weekly instead of monthly.

Federal Income Tax

Use this calculator to estimate your income tax liability along with average and marginal tax rates.

Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Savings

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

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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.

Your Cash Flow Statement

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

Retirement Plan Distributions

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

Managing Your Lifestyle

Using smart management to get more of what you want and free up assets to invest.

Long-Term-Care Protection Strategies

The chances of needing long-term care, its cost, and strategies for covering that cost.

Tax Management Strategies

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

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Jane Bond: Scaling the Ladder

Agent Jane Bond is on the case, uncovering the mystery of bond laddering.

Ready for Retirement?

Are you ready for retirement? Here are five words you should consider.

Perception vs. Reality

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

Should You Ever Retire?

A growing number of Americans are pushing back the age at which they plan to retire. Or deciding not to retire at all.

Are Alternative Investments Right for You?

With alternative investments, it’s critical to sort through the complexity.

A Fruitful Retirement: Social Security Benefit

Taking your Social Security benefits at the right time may help maximize your benefit.

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