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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Coronavirus Aid for Small Businesses

As of this writing, it is evident that banks and the SBA have been overwhelmed by the number of applications and the need for clarity on the CARES act emergency loan programs. While we cannot speak on how difficult the process may be, below is a summary of the programs that have been made available. […]

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Highlights of the CARES Act

On March 27th, 2020 President Trump signed into law the largest economic relief package in American History. While the bill will no doubt receive criticism, it does provide some much-needed assistance to workers, small businesses and hospitals. At an estimated $2.2 trillion, the Act is the equivalent to about 10% of U.S. GDP. Compared to […]

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Perspective – A Look Forward

You may be feeling quite disoriented, fearful and anxious as our “normal” has been shaken. We care deeply about our clients and their families, our communities and, of course, our employees. To those of you who are afraid and worried, our hearts are with you. To those on the front lines, helping our world continue […]

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Thoughts from our CEO, Bruce Dzieza

In this current age of unprecedented international chaos and uncertainty, I’ve observed that many of my clients, friends, and family members—and myself—are concerned about the varied, wide-ranging ways that COVID-19 will affect their lives. From cancelled events to school closures to remote working protocols, it seems like, suddenly, nothing around us is familiar or predictable. […]

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As my parents deal with aging, here’s how we are stepping up to help with finances and life

In many ways, I have been blessed with parents who have aged well. They both celebrated their 90th birthdays this fall and until recently have been living active and independent lives. But the time of real cognitive and physical decline is finally breaking upon them. My father was recently in a bad accident and spent […]

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What does free stock trading mean to you?

There has been a lot in the news recently about major investment brokerage firms eliminating trading fees. In the past, buying and selling stocks could be expensive – as much as $50 in commission fees to trade. Now, most of the major brokerage firms are advertising commission-free online trading for U.S stocks, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), […]

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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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8 tips for tuning out financial planning noise, tuning in solid retirement advice

Media outlets are full of daily investing “advice” in the indistinguishable form of facts, opinions and even advertisement of financial products. Unfortunately, this “advice” often seems so convincing that investors feel the urge to take impulsive action. Often, these actions lead to costly investment mistakes. Here are a few tips to help keep your investment […]

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Rawson Earns CFP Designation!

Rawson Gulick, Wealth Advisor at Willow Creek Wealth Management, recently received her Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation. Rawson has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and she brings a wide range of expertise to the team at Willow Creek. To learn more about Rawson, visit her bio page: https://willowcreekwealth.com/team/rawson-gulick/ […]

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