Welcome to the web site of the Denver West Group, a team of financial advisors serving Lakewood, Golden & Arvada within Jefferson County, Colorado as well as the greater Denver Metro area -- Daryl Christensen and Darin Hammerschmidt formed the Denver West Group in 2014. This site will help you better understand our practice and how our team works with our clients.

This site is also an information resource designed to help you learn more about personal finance. Click around and you'll find a variety of financial tools. There are financial calculators that can help you get a clearer picture of where you stand and where you're headed. There is a research library and newsletter articles on a wide range of financial topics. You can even request a quote for an insurance or investment product. And check back often, because we're constantly adding new material.

As personal financial advisors, we can:

For help with your financial management, or for more information on the Denver West Group, please contact us today.

Denver West Group is a team name used by advisors affiliated with Waddell & Reed for marketing purposes only.

Securities and Investment Advisory Services through Waddell & Reed, Inc., a Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC, and Federally Registered Investment Advisor.  




  • The Cost of Caregiving

    About 40 million family caregivers in the U.S. provide unpaid care to another adult. Understand the associated financial, physical, and emotional costs.

  • Going Public

    A discussion on the initial public offering (IPO) process, recent trends, and investment risks.

  • Deficit Trading: The Import/Export Imbalance

    Some facts to help understand the issues behind the trade deficit headlines, and how China factors into the story.

  • No Shortage of Liability Risks

    Liability insurance can help offset unforeseen legal costs that could consume a business's profits.


  • Personal Inflation Rate

    Is your personal inflation rate higher or lower than the CPI?

  • Credit Card Debt

    How Long Will It Take to Pay my Balance?

  • Savings Goals

    How much do you need to save each year to meet your long-term financial goals?

  • Home Affordability

    Estimate of the maximum amount of financing you can expect to get when you begin house hunting.