Investing to Create the World You Want to See

Are you looking for a stronger, more purpose-driven connection with your investments? In today’s climate, everyone is looking to contribute to the solutions needed to make our society work better for more people and the planet. In the past, we relied on public policy or philanthropy to enact these solutions. These are still useful tools, but […]

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Mortgage Refinancing 101: Is Now the Time?

You may have been hearing a lot about mortgage refinancing during the pandemic, and with good reason: the Federal Reserve has dropped interest rates twice to stimulate the economy, which has led to historically low mortgage rates. But if you are considering a refi, you might want to act sooner rather than later. The Government-Sponsored […]

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Advice for Safeguarding Your Wealth Portfolio

We are so proud that Willow Creek Wealth Advisor Rawson Gulick was included in North Bay Business Journal’s 26 views on how to safeguard your wealth portfolio amid coronavirus, economic turmoil. Thank you, North Bay Business Journal, for putting together this wonderful resource filled with great advice for navigating these chaotic times. Rawson Gulick, CFP® […]

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Let’s Keep the Music Going!

Supporting music and music education in Sonoma County have long been priorities for all of us at Willow Creek, and now more than ever, music and art are crucial to our emotional well-being. We are so proud to support Santa Rosa Symphony’s It’s Elementary program, which provides music education for thousands of Sonoma County students […]

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When unexpected things happen to your business: Continuity planning for the coronavirus era

A crisis doesn’t always have negative connotations. It comes from the Greek word krisis, which means “decisive moment.” We are all painfully aware of the dark sides of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there have been positives for many of us too. The disruptive nature of the experience has caused us to reflect and reevaluate what […]

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Willow Creek Commentary – Summer 2020

VOLATILE STOCKS AND THEIR RECOVERY The past two quarters have been among the most volatile on record for stocks. The benchmark S&P 500 declined by 19.6% in the first quarter, and then, in a surprising turnaround, went up by 20.5% in the second quarter. We often suggest to clients that during times of market stress […]

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Willow Creek Welcomes Marketing Coordinator to the Operations Team

Willow Creek Wealth Management welcomes Elizabeth Taylor to the firm, in the role of Marketing Coordinator. She has worked as a communications professional for more than 15 years, and she will focus on streamlining and strengthening the firm’s marketing efforts. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Davis, and […]

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New Rules: How the SECURE and CARES Acts Change Your Retirement

The devastation caused by COVID-19 has overshadowed two important pieces of legislation that can affect your retirement. Here is a “cheat sheet” so that you can understand the key points that may relate to your situation. As is often the case with congressional law, the details can be complicated, so you should consult a professional […]

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Be mindful of biases during market volatility to protect your investment portfolio and retirement

Research scientists sometimes refer to the brain’s thought process as having two “systems,” as famously theorized in Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman’s book “Thinking, Fast and Slow.” Both modes of thinking are essential and important in their own right, but they operate quite differently. System 1 is fast, instinctual, and emotional, helping us to make everyday […]

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