Be Smart about Student Loans with an Eye on Future Wealth

Originally published in North Bay Business Journal Last month President Biden announced a plan for student loan relief, which almost immediately erupted into a firestorm of differing opinions on the merit of this move. Some people applauded this as necessary and compassionate help for the millions of people struggling to make payments on loans which […]

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Outsmart the Certainty of Death and Taxes: Make a Will

Originally published in North Bay Business Journal Typically, I shy away from the “National this-or-that” Days that make the rounds on social media. Still, one of those recently captured my attention: August has apparently been named National Make-a-Will Month and given my work and experience as a Wealth Advisor, this is a cause I can […]

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What’s the Big Deal about Diversification?

Originally published in North Bay Business Journal Diversification. Financial Advisors use this word a lot when describing how the best portfolios are constructed, and it’s one of the keys to a successful investment strategy. The big idea here is that a properly diversified portfolio will mitigate losses because investments react to the same event in […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Handling Market Volatility

Originally published in North Bay Business Journal My Willow Creek colleagues and I recently received some client feedback that every Wealth Advisor dreams of hearing: our client shared that rather than panic during this period of market volatility, she leaned into what she had learned from her advisor over the years, which is to imagine […]

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Seven Critical Questions to Ask a Financial Advisor

Originally published in North Bay Business Journal When working with a specialist — a doctor, lawyer, auto mechanic or anyone else — asking the right questions is critical in getting your needs met and the best service possible. However, we often don’t know what we don’t know, thus formulating smart questions can be difficult. Here […]

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Market Commentary: Spring 2022 – Cash, Stocks, and Bonds

Originally published in North Bay Business Journal The onset of inflation has been one of the dominant stories in the press and financial markets over the past few months. You can see it everywhere, from the increase in the price of gas at the pump to the cost of food at the grocery store. After […]

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Healthy Boundaries are Crucial, Especially with Finances

Originally Published in North Bay Business Journal April is Financial Literacy Month, and as a Certified Financial Planner®, I can tell you stories upon stories of how beneficial it is for parents to start early in teaching their children about money. I can also share myriad stories about how a lack of financial knowledge has […]

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Cryptocurrency: Four Ideas to Consider Before Buying

Originally published in North Bay Business Journal As wealth advisors, a frequent question my colleagues and I are receiving these days is this: should I buy Bitcoin? The cryptocurrency marketing machine is currently hard at work, and if you watched even part of Super Bowl LVI, you were sure to have seen a crypto commercial. […]

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Don’t Let Market Highs Get You Low (or Vice Versa)

Originally published in North Bay Business Journal “All-time market high.” Depending on what kind of investor you are, that phrase can elicit emotions ranging from abject fear to utter joy. And given the market volatility of the past year, some investors can’t figure out how to feel. Is a market high good or bad? Am […]

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