To Roth or Not to Roth?

Many earners are in the smart retirement savings habit of making pre-tax contributions to company or individual retirement plans, such as a 401(k), 403(b) or SEP IRA.  Strong incentives include a tax deduction for the contribution and often some form of employer match or contribution.   Accumulated contributions are then invested, usually in stocks and bonds, […]

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Willow Creek Wealth Management supports Santa Rosa Symphony’s crucial “It’s Elementary” program

(Santa Rosa, Calif.) — Santa Rosa Symphony has received generous support from Willow Creek Wealth Management for the Symphony’s “It’s Elementary” program, which provides vital access to free music education to Sonoma County elementary schools, some of which have been federally-designated as underserved. In addition, the Sebastopol-based financial planning and investment firm and long-time supporter […]

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Retirement. Now What

Retirement is something that most people look forward to in their working lives: no deadlines, no dressing to company standards, and no handling endless paperwork. It is living life more on one’s own terms. But if it is not planned with a degree of care, it can be much less than the dream it was […]

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Camp Fire Giving

In the past week, we have received a number of requests for information about how to provide financial assistance to victims of the Camp Fire in Butte County. We have assembled a list of organizations accepting donations, shown below, which may guide you in that process. As always, we encourage you to use resources such […]

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Estate planning for your digital life

With so much of our financial and personal information now online, estate plans must address the fact that our digital selves will outlast our human selves. Loved ones left with the unpleasant task of navigating and penetrating the digital maze can inherit a complicated puzzle. Your online banking account, email accounts, Facebook page and even […]

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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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Estate-planning documentation helps avoid gut-wrenching family fights over wills

The recent passing of the “Queen of Soul” arrived with some surprising news. With an estimated $80 million estate, Aretha Franklin died without a will or a trust. Rock and roll star Prince left his heirs in the same lurch a few years ago. Other celebrities who died without a will (intestate) include: singer-songwriter-congressman Sonny […]

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How To Get The Most Out Of Social Security

Social Security is a significant source of income for many of us these days. Given the added annual cost-of-living increase (COLA), it has become a keystone to a successful retirement. Because many people are not aware of some of the lesser-known nuances of this benefit,  here are some tips to help you get the most […]

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Discover if You Have Enough Saved to Retire

Will you be able to maintain your lifestyle after retiring? According to research, significant numbers of working families are “at risk” of failing to maintain their standard of living once they stop working. Decades ago, most employees put in the required years of service to achieve their desired income goal and collect a check in […]

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