Chris Blackmon

Chris BlackmonSenior Wealth Manager
Phone: 770.261.5380
Fax: 770.261.5381
Cell: 205.246.6353
cblackmon@atlantafinancial.com

Chris was drawn to the financial planning business because he enjoys helping people make better financial decisions. Financial stress and uncertainty are some of the biggest causes of anxiety for individuals, within marriages and for small business owners. Chris believes much of this worry is unnecessary and can be alleviated through partnering with a trusted financial professional. While Chris loves doing market research and seeing clients’ investment accounts grow over time, the most rewarding part of his job is when he sees comfort on a clients’ face after a discussion. Knowing they are leaving with a better understanding of where they are and what they need to do to reach their goals is very satisfying for him. Chris is encouraged when these discussions lead to actions that can help relieve the financial worry so many investors experience.

Chris started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he spent seven years assisting large public entities and privately held Companies. He enjoyed his work with large corporations but knew his passion was in personal finance. This background provided him with a great springboard to help individuals and small business owners coordinate tax and investment management. The integration of tax planning with wealth management can save thousands of dollars when money is in motion (settling an estate, planning retirement income, or selling a business.)

Chris grew up in Eufaula, AL, and attended the University of Alabama where he received a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Accountancy. He is very passionate about Alabama athletics but is somewhat milder than many as he was there during “The Shula Years.” Chris married his wife, Julie, in 2012 and they live in the Brookhaven area with their daughter. Chris is an active member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church and involved in the community. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and basketball, watching football, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. Chris recently visited Turks and Caicos, Cape Cod, and often travels to the beach.

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Financial Planning for Myself
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Financial Planning for Myself

As you know from my previous blog, I recently bought a new house (more house, bigger mortgage.) Also, my amazing wife Julie, and I, just had our second daughter, Elizabeth (another girl, another college, another wedding, more dresses and purses.) Since I don’t want to be guilty of planning better for my clients than my own family, I thought this was the ideal time to take a look at some of the plans I have in place for my family.

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Focusing on Results that Matter
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Focusing on Results that Matter

Recently, my wife and I bought a new house.  She fell in love with it immediately and could see us raising our girls in the house, how could I say no?  But of course, there were financial matters to consider.  So, the planner in me immediately went to my budget spreadsheet to “crunch the numbers” and determine if we could afford it.  We have both been blessed in our careers and while this new home is a stretch to the budget, the answer is yes, we can afford our dream home.  So we decided to move forward. Now just the minor details of negotiating the purchase of the new home and selling our old home.

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The New Tax Bill: Tallying the Results
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The New Tax Bill: Tallying the Results

“How did the new tax bill affect me?” was the question on everyone’s minds this tax season, and for good reason. Even though this was touted as the greatest simplification of the tax code in my lifetime, I didn’t notice any reduction in time spent preparing returns. Those of you who reviewed your returns in detail noticed that the schedules look drastically different although contain all the same information. The short answer for many is that it didn’t materially change your overall tax liability. The outliers fell into one of a few buckets…

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Four Financial To-Do’s for New Parents

We were recently blessed to welcome our second daughter, Elizabeth. This being our second, I think we are somewhat better prepared for how our lives would immediately change. These first few months are filled with joy and excitement (as well as exhaustion coupled with just trying to figure out what we are doing). While I have no advice on how to get your newborn to sleep on schedule, I can give you some advice on some financial matters all new parents need to address (and soon for some of these):

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