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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Ignoring Daily Market News Will Improve Your Financial Health

“Blood bath,” “Sell off,” “Spooked investors,” “Wild session,” “Stocks plunge,” “Crazy market swings.” These are just a few of the sensational phrases the financial media used last year to describe stock market activity. As a certified financial planning practitioner for over 20 years, I would argue that when the media reports hourly (or even daily) […]

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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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Are emotions sabotaging your investments?

Do you recognize what role your emotions play in your financial life? Are your decisions swayed by fear, greed, confidence and regret? As a financial adviser, one of the first topics we always discuss with new clients is their financial and emotional tolerance for risk. It is equally as important that we understand their emotional […]

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What to do when all your friends are making a killing in the stock market

The other day my wife turned to me and asked me if were invested in “stocks”. I sat there in shock. In our fifteen years of marriage she had never uttered one word, asked one question or showed any interest in our investments. I manage our money and would show her our balances and say […]

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Can you spot a “Market Top”?

The current bull market in stocks reached its 8th anniversary on March 9th, and for about the last four years, professional investors and financial planners have been scratching their heads.  The markets have gone up and up and up, and we all know that they won’t go up forever, which means there’s a correction looming […]

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Willow Creek Commentary: Winter-2016

PREDICTION SEASON In the coming weeks, investors are likely to be bombarded with predictions about what the future, and specifically the upcoming year, may hold for their portfolios. These outlooks are typically accompanied by recommended investment strategies and actions that are aimed at trying to capture the next “great” opportunity. When faced with recommendations of […]

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Prediction Season

The close of each calendar year brings with it the holidays as well as a chance to look forward to the year ahead. In the coming weeks, investors are likely to be bombarded with predictions about what the future, and specifically the next year, may hold for their portfolios. These outlooks are typically accompanied by […]

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Is now a good time to get into the stock market?

That is a question we often hear from prospective clients. The answer is, yes — and no. There is always uncertainty, and the markets could plummet tomorrow. Even though we follow markets closely and read endlessly, we can’t predict the future. So, let’s look at the market right now. There are lots of reasons we […]

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Confident investor or scared, which are you?

Are you a confident investor or is the process fraught with fear and uncertainty? A 2015 study by the American Psychology Association found almost three-quarters of Americans are experiencing financial stress — at least some of the time. One of the top sources of money-related stress was saving for retirement. On the surface, retirement planning […]

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