Brain-Building Meditation

When most people think of the benefits of meditation, they get a vague image of peacefulness and tranquility, a quality of “mindfulness” that contrasts nicely with the distractions and hubub of our modern age.  You might be surprised to find that scientists are finding more tangible benefits to a meditation habit. In one study conducted […]

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A few words on the market volatility

We are sure you have already heard all about the “largest single-day point decline” for the Dow on Monday: down 1,175 points (or -4.6%). The dramatic headlines are all focusing on the “tremendous sell-off on Wall Street”, and market commentators are already taking credit for knowing that this was bound to happen because interest rates […]

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Creative Giving: Philanthropy with pizazz

Giving to a charity is easy, right? Write a check, send it off to your favorite 501(c)(3) organization, and get a full deduction for the amount on your tax return, up to 50% of your adjusted gross income. Though this is correct, there are more advantageous and rewarding ways to help the causes closest to […]

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To Bit or Not to Bit: What Should Investors Make of Bitcoin Mania?

December 2017 Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are receiving intense media coverage, prompting many investors to wonder whether these new types of electronic money deserve a place in their portfolios. Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin emerged only in the past decade. Unlike traditional money, no paper notes or metal coins are involved. No central bank issues the […]

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Willow Creek Commentary: Winter-2017

NEW TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT The much-touted new tax legislation became law just before the end of last year. The banner headline is a significant reduction in corporate tax rates, however, most of us are wondering how it will affect the “ordinary” taxpayer. One of the stated goals of the Tax Cuts and Jobs […]

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Insurance Claims

As the heartbreaking devastation in our North Bay Community continues to unfold, we wanted to take a moment to pass along some tips for those who have experienced losses in the past few days. Below are ten considerations from UpHelp.org, a non-profit organization that assists in navigating insurance claims. Additional information is available on their […]

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