Be mindful of biases during market volatility to protect your investment portfolio and retirement

Research scientists sometimes refer to the brain’s thought process as having two “systems,” as famously theorized in Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman’s book “Thinking, Fast and Slow.” Both modes of thinking are essential and important in their own right, but they operate quite differently. System 1 is fast, instinctual, and emotional, helping us to make everyday […]

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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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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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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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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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Willow Creek Commentary: Spring-2017

MAXIMIZE THE VALUE OF YOUR DECISIONS Many people struggle with understanding their finances, in part because, as they accumulate wealth, their financial situations become more complex. Adding to the issue, research has shown that it is common for investors to view financial advisors only as investment managers, whose sole job is to manage money on […]

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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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