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 Commentary: Spring-2020

THE CARES ACT The following is a summary of major provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security “CARES” Act. The Act is a complex piece of legislation and it covers many areas; our focus will be on how it impacts individuals. We would welcome speaking to you about it and if it might […]

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Willow Creek Commentary: Winter-2019

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DECADE MAKES At the end of 2019, the S&P 500 Index (which is comprised of a mix of 500 US large company stocks) was ascendant, with an average annualized return of +11.2% over the past ten years, and it finished 2019 with a one-year return of +31.5%. It was the best […]

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Willow Creek Commentary: Fall-2019

A Tale of Two Decades: Lessons for Long Term Investors The first decade of the 21st century, and the second one that’s drawing to a close, have reinforced for investors some timeless market lessons: returns can vary sharply from one period to another; holding a broadly diversified portfolio can help smooth out the swings; and, […]

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Willow Creek Commentary: Summer-2019

WILLOW CREEK AND THE VALUE PREMIUM Willow Creek Wealth Management adheres to a disciplined, evidence-based approach to our investing. One of the core elements to this approach is the conviction that value stocks (think companies that are currently out of style with the market) will generate higher returns than growth stocks (companies that are seen […]

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Willow Creek Commentary: Spring-2019

LOTTERY WINNINGS At the end of the last quarter, it was announced that one lucky ticket holder had won a $768 million Powerball Lottery. In an instant that person’s life changed – if they received the lump sum payout (which is usually the right thing to do in these situations), they would get $477 million […]

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Willow Creek Commentary: Winter-2018

THE WILLOW CREEK PORTFOLIO: The US Market and Beyond As US-based investors, it is hard not to focus on the US stock market and think that it should be the sum of your returns: your portfolio should be up when the S&P 500 index is up and down when it is down. Sometimes that is […]

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Willow Creek Commentary: Fall-2018

DIVERSIFICATION – WHERE’S THE BENEFIT As the financial media shouts, “Stocks soar to new highs,” and promotes the strong performance of the S&P 500 or the Dow Jones Index, investors may be asking “Where are my investment returns?” So far, 2018 has proven to be a year when all asset classes other than US Large […]

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Willow Creek Commentary: Summer-2018

TAX DEDUCTIONS AND CHARITABLE IMPACT The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in late 2017 is more than 500 pages long with detailed changes affecting many areas of the tax code.   Aside from the reduction in federal tax rates, most taxpayers will be impacted by the higher standard deduction and changes in itemizing deductions. Here’s […]

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Willow Creek Commentary: Spring-2018

RECENT MARKET VOLATILITY After a period of relative calm in the markets, the increase in volatility in the stock market has resulted in renewed anxiety for many investors. The US stock market fell more than 7% on two occasions (top-to-bottom) during this first quarter, resulting in many investors wondering what the future holds and if […]

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