Market Commentary: Summer 2022 – Thoughts on Diversification

Diversification. We use this word a lot when we describe how the best portfolios are constructed, and it’s one of the keys to a successful investment strategy. The main idea is that a properly diversified portfolio will mitigate losses because different investments react to the same event in different ways. Our portfolios are comprised of […]

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Safeguarding Your Wealth Portfolio

We are so proud that Willow Creek Wealth Advisor Rawson Gulick was included in North Bay Business Journal’s 26 views on how to safeguard your wealth portfolio amid coronavirus, economic turmoil. Thank you, North Bay Business Journal, for putting together this wonderful resource filled with great advice for navigating these chaotic times. Rawson Gulick, CFP® […]

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Continuity Planning for the Coronavirus Era

A crisis doesn’t always have negative connotations. It comes from the Greek word krisis, which means “decisive moment.” We are all painfully aware of the dark sides of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there have been positives for many of us too. The disruptive nature of the experience has caused us to reflect and reevaluate what […]

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Market Commentary: Summer 2020 – Volatile Stocks

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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Market Commentary: Summer 2016 – Reasons to be Cheerful

10 REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL Do you ever listen to the news and find yourself thinking that the world has gone to the dogs? The roll call of depressing headlines seems endless. But look beyond what the media calls news, and there also are a lot of things going right. It’s true the world faces […]

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Market Commentary: Winter 2014 – Economy and Markets

2014 REVIEW: ECONOMY & MARKETS Despite a bumpy ride throughout 2014, the US economy gained pace while the US equity and fixed income markets outperformed most markets around the world. This performance came with higher market volatility in the US, a rallying dollar, slowing economies in Europe and Asia, and rising geopolitical tensions, including conflicts […]

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Hidden Rays of Hope in the Gloomy Summer of 2011

By any reasonable measure, the past three months have been among the most aggravating quarters on record for the investment markets. The debt ceiling debate, constant dithering in Europe over whether or not Eurozone members should be allowed to default on their sovereign debt, partisan bickering, the downgrade of U.S. government debt, continued unemployment, and […]

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The Nudge that Roared: The Real Story on Quantitative Easing

The Real Story on Quantitative Easing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s recent press conference made it clear that the Fed was ending, on schedule, a widely-publicized initiative known as QE2, more formally referred to as the second round of quantitative easing by the U.S. Central Bank. Some of you may have read dire headlines telling us […]

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