Michael Phillips Black Wealth Management CFP®, CDFA

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"Michael Phillips Black Brings Clarity to your Financial Vision"



Today's investment climate offers unprecedented opportunities. At Michael Phillips Black Wealth Management, our mission is to help clients take advantage of those opportunities by providing them with three key tools: 

  • A clear understanding of their financial goals      
  • A well-defined road map for achieving those goals 
  • Ongoing advice to help adjust road map when needs change

Through our Smart Planning Approach, we specialize in helping our clients develop a comprehensive, cohesive financial strategy that fits their unique needs and enables them to meet both short- and long-term objectives. 

On our Web site, you'll find valuable information explaining this approach along with additional products designed to fill the gaps in your financial strategy. 

Michael is a frequent lecturer on financial topics both locally and nationally. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Money, Kiplinger,Commercial Investment Real Estate, Bank Investment Consultant Magazine, and is a regular contributor to Investment News and the Arizona Republic. He is a regular Financial Analyst on Fox News 10, ABC 15, Sonoran Living Arizona Family News Channel 3, and has been featured on the nationally broadcast Nightly Business Report on PBS and Bloomberg TV. 

 

Helpful Content

Value vs. Growth Investing

Value vs. Growth Investing

Among stock-market investors there’s long been a debate between those who favor value and those who favor growth.

What Is a Stretch IRA?

What Is a Stretch IRA?

If you have a traditional IRA, you may have the opportunity to extend its tax-deferred status across multiple generations.

Understanding the Alternate Valuation Date

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."

 

Keep Your Umbrella Handy

Umbrella liability can be a fairly inexpensive way to help shelter current assets and future income from the unexpected.

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.

Systematic Withdrawals in Retirement - Clear and Wrong?

Taking regular, periodic withdrawals during retirement can be quite problematic.

Budget Check Up: Tax Time Is the Right Time

Tax preparation may be the perfect time to give the household budget a check-up.

Important Birthdays Over 50

Here's a look at several birthdays and “half-birthdays” that have implications regarding your retirement income.

Should You Choose a Fixed or Variable?

When selecting a mortgage, one of the most critical choices is between a fixed or variable interest-rate mortgage.

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My Retirement Savings

Estimate how long your retirement savings may last using various monthly cash flow rates.

Inflation & Retirement

Estimate how much income may be needed at retirement to maintain your standard of living.

Annuity Comparison

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

What Is My Current Net Worth?

Use this calculator to estimate your net worth by adding up your assets and subtracting your liabilities.

What Is My Life Expectancy?

Estimate how many years you may need retirement assets or how long to provide income to a surviving spouse or children.

What's My Potential Estate Tax?

This calculator helps estimate your federal estate tax liability.

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Retirement Plan Distributions

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

5 Smart Investing Principles

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

Keys to Investing for Retirement

There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement

An Inside Look at Retirement Living

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

Principles of Preserving Wealth

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

Investment Strategies for Retirement

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

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The Facts About Income Tax

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

The Other Sure Thing

Though we don’t like to think about it, all of us will make an exit sometime, and those we love may suffer if we are not prepared.

The Power of Compound Interest

Learn how to harness the power of compound interest for your investments.

Your DNA Test

If you have a family that relies on your income, it’s critical to know what their needs would be in the event of your death.

The Cost of Procrastination

Procrastination can be costly. When you get a late start, it may be difficult to make up for lost time.

To Buy or Not to Buy

The decision whether to buy or rent a home may have long-term implications.

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