A Fee-only Advisor

Our Approach

BKWM's approach to financial planning starts with obtaining financial and other information from the client, including information about attitudes, goals and objectives. We then prioritize which goals and objectives are most important, analyze your information to develop recommendations for your consideration, and explain implications and potential outcomes of each alternative.

Our approach to asset management can be summed up in two words: "Active Discipline." It encompasses three elements: portfolio construction, implementation and monitoring. Portfolio construction is largely based on what is known as Markowitz Portfolio Theory, the fundamental goal of which is to allocate investmentsbetween different assets in order to maximize returns for a selected level of risk. Each client's investment objectives, constraints and preferences are identified and specified in writing through an investment policy statement (IPS).

Implementation and monitoring is an ongoing process by which:

  • Strategies are developed and implemented through investments in a combination of financial assets
  • Current economic and capital market conditions are observed and compared to forecasted assumptions
  • Client circumstances are monitored
  • Portfolio adjustments are made as appropriate to reflect significant changes in any or all of the above variables.

Meet The Team

Mike Christians
Managing Director
Private Wealth Advisor

Mike Christians is a Founding Partner of Black Knight Wealth Management. Mike brings with him over 20 years in the Financial Services industry working with individuals and companies on successfully meeting their financial goals. Prior to starting his private sector career, Mike served as an Air Defense officer in the US Army for 5 years and then in various positions in the US Army Reserves until his retirement after 28 years of service in 2017.

  Mike was born and raised in Southern Illinois. He is a 1989 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, where he majored in Aerospace Engineering. Mike later studied Manufacturing Systems Engineering (a hybrid MBA and MS program) at the University of Kentucky. After a brief tour as a Manufacturing Engineer, Mike began helping clients achieve their financial goals in 1996.

  In addition to working with clients on their Financial and Estate planning needs, Mike oversees the Income and Growth Portfolios for BKWM.

   Mike is 52 years old, lives in Frisco, and enjoys spending time with his two children, Cayden and Kennedy.

Rob Holmes
Managing Director
Private Equity Offerings

Rob Holmes is a Founding Partner of Black Knight Wealth Management. Since 1995, Rob has been involved in buying struggling companies, building the management teams, developing and turning around the companies, and ultimately selling them. Before beginning his private sector career, Rob served as an Armor officer in the US Army and was decorated during Operation Desert Storm with the Bronze Star for Valor under enemy fire.

  Rob was born in Arlington, Virginia and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a 1989 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, where he majored in economics and interned at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, a leading policy center in Washington, DC. Shortly after graduation, Rob also studied at the London School of Economics. Rob later earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

  BKWM’s primary Private Equity Offerings are on businesses that produce yield, such as specialty finance, or industries that have recurring revenues such as energy assets or real estate.

   Rob is 51 years old, lives in Dallas, is a member of Highland Park Presbyterian Church, and is father to two sons, Jackson and Charlie.

Meet The Team



Financial Independence is a Journey, Not an Event.  At BKWM, we believe that holistic wealth management starts with understanding each  client's financial objectives and lifestyle desires. That understanding forms the basis for our trusted, customized and innovative solutions.

    At some firms, financial planning consists of having a client fill out a questionnaire and then feeding the answers into a software program, which then spits out superficial, generalized solutions. We don't think that's acceptable. We may start there, but we certainly don’t stop there because each of our clients is unique. We carefully tailor our solutions and processes to each client's specific needs and goals.

    And while we provide comprehensive financial planning, we recognize that receiving too much information and guidance at once can create overwhelm and paralysis—the exact opposite of what clients need.

    That's why we focus on identifying areas of greatest immediate need and prioritizing the delivery of solutions. Of course, we provide our clients with a comprehensive road map to help you achieve all of your goals. And we assist you as much or as little as you wish with implementation of our recommendations.


    In every facet of our business, we exercise professionalism and prudence. Before investing any funds, we carefully establish investment objectives and constraints based on our clients' desires and objectives. We make certain that the investments we recommend are advantageous to the client.

    We incur only costs that are reasonable in amount and appropriate to the client's investment program. And we exercise care, skill and caution in obtaining best trade execution, maintaining records and keeping clients and beneficiaries informed. In all matters, we diligently place our clients' interests ahead of our own.


    Independence. Loyalty. Diligence/Reasonable Basis. Disclosure. These form the pillars of BKWM's responsibility as a Fiduciary--a partner worthy of your trust.

    • Independence. As an independent firm, the work we perform for clients is untainted by any obligation or sense of loyalty to providers’ of financial investment products.
    • Loyalty. Our duty is to our clients alone. We are not beholden to any investment or insurance company.
    • Diligence. Every security or financial planning decision we make is based on our expertise, careful research using company reports, third-party research and other information, and results from our quantitative modeling. Our team engages in ongoing study and professional training to support our recommendations and investment decisions.
    • Disclosure. At SSCM, we take every precaution to avoid conflicts or the appearance of conflicts. When conflicts cannot reasonably be avoided, we disclose them prominently and in plain language. We adhere to the strictest guidelines of effective disclosure.

    Black Knight Wealth Management is a Fee-Only firm. We are paid directly by our clients for our services, much like a doctor, attorney, or accountant. This is our only source of income. We receive no compensation, commissions, fee splits, or any other financial incentives from brokerages, banks, insurance companies or financial service providers. Our advice is free from the influence that such outside compensation may induce.

    In an effort to serve our clients’ needs we offer two different models to work with us, with each model matched to the level of service you require.

    • Asset-based fee: Full-service clients, who receive financial planning services and investment management pay a fixed percentage of their assets under management with us each quarter.
    • Financial Planning Fee: The retainer arrangement is popular with clients who value ongoing oversight and guidance. Clients who have "held-away" assets, such as those in 401(k) plans tend to take advantage of this planning service.

Our Process

We start with a complimentary “Get Acquainted” meeting to describe our people, process, services and fees, and to learn about your worries—the thoughts that typically cause anxiety and frustration rather than providing direction. The goal of the meeting is to transform those concerns into specific, actionable goals and to determine whether a mutually beneficial relationship exists. We then prioritize your goals, which creates the cornerstone for the next stage of our process.
Gather Data

Our professionals will help you to determine your current situation, clarify your desired future situation. We will help you decide when it is to be achieved and establish responsibilities in order to get the information needed to ensure that the results meet your expectations.

You will be provided with a “Wealth Development Packet,” customized to the scope and complexity of your needs and circumstances. Because data gathering can be a daunting and time-consuming task, our firm’s para-planner will provide as much assistance as needed. Once completed, a meeting is conducted to review the information for accuracy and congruency with stated objectives and your risk tolerance.

Analyze & Design

Once the relevant information has been gathered, organized and reviewed, we are ready to analyze your present financial condition. This analysis is likely to reveal strengths to build upon as well as weaknesses that are arriers to your goals.


After your information has been analyzed, we will design a realistic plan to help you attain your objectives. Your financial plan will be tailored to you, and will include strategies designed with your abilities and your goals in mind. Typically, there is more than one way of achieving one’s goals. When this is the case, we will present alternative strategies and will explain the advantages and disadvantages of each.


Our advisory services fall into two broad categories: Fee-Only Financial Planning and Fee-Based Asset Management.

Fee-Only Financial Planning

Once your plan design is completed and approved by you, we will provide a written final version with an executive summary and recommendations. You are under no obligation to implement any of the recommendations outlined in the plan, either with Spectrum or with any other firm.

Fee-Based Asset Management

Your financial assessment will most likely include your completed risk profile, which will help us determine your ability and willingness to take on investment risk. If not, with our assistance, you will complete our risk profile, describing your financial situation, investment objectives, time horizon, risk tolerance and investment preferences. We will then determine the appropriate portfolio investment strategy (see Asset Management) for your needs. You will be provided with a written Investment Policy Statement (IPS) based on the results of your completed profile.

Additionally, you will be introduced to your Client Services Specialist. The specialist will guide you through the account funding/asset transfer process to ensure that the investments you’d like us to manage get to us in a timely manner. The specialist will also assist with any specific cashiering needs you have (Wire orders, systematic withdrawal or deposit plans, margin lending and bill pay are just a few of the perks that our managed-account clients enjoy).

Monitor and Review

Your relationship with us is an ongoing one. We will meet once a year, or more frequently if changing circumstances warrant it, to review:

  • the performance of solutions implemented
  • any changes in your personal and financial circumstances
  • any changes in the economic, tax or financial environment.

Clients who choose our investment-advisory strategies receive anytime, anywhere access to our portfolio accounting, measured-performance portal. This leading-edge technology gives you full access to your aggregate portfolio holdings, benchmarked performance. You may retrieve archived results easily and securely, on any device.

Free Financial Review

We offer a complimentary review meeting to describe our services, and to see if our services are right for you.

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