A Message from Willow Creek Founder Celebrating Juneteenth

Originally published June 19, 2020 To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all. –Elie Wiesel Two years after the end of WWII, my father, a recent Polish immigrant and Holocaust survivor, took a bus trip from New York City to Washington, D.C. to visit his aunt, one of his few remaining family […]

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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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GameStop Lessons

The GameStop story dominated the financial news cycles last month, and with good reason: it is a gripping narrative illustrating the drama of the stock market (and perhaps will have repercussions that could change fundamental aspects of investing). This story has passion, energy, and of course, winners and losers. How very fitting that one of […]

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Improve Your Financial Health

Blood bath. Frenzy. Sell off. Spooked investors. Wild session. Stocks plunge. Crazy market swings. These are just a few of the sensational phrases the financial media use to describe stock market activity. These phrases are designed to evoke emotions like excitement, anxiety, and even downright panic, and the intention in using phrases like this is to compel the audience to take an action. Whatever action you are urged to take […]

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Your Own Worst Enemy?

“The investor’s chief problem – and even his worst enemy – is likely to be himself.”  — Benjamin Graham (1894–1976)  Legendary economist and investor Benjamin Graham made his timeless observation decades ago, and yet still today it reflects our enduring belief: Your own behavioral biases are often the greatest threat to your financial well-being. As investors, we leap before we look. […]

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Getting to ‘Emotional Neutrality’ on Investing

One of the first topics a good financial advisor always discusses with new clients is their financial and emotional tolerance for risk. Just as we need to know their financial capacity to take risks with their money, it is as important that we understand our clients’ emotional comfort level with investing. Do they recognize what role emotions play in their financial life? Are their decisions swayed by fear, greed, confidence, or regret?   […]

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ABCs of Behavioral Biases

An alphabetic tour of common behavioral biases that distract otherwise rational investors from making best choices about their wealth. Anchoring Bias What is it? Anchoring bias occurs when you fix on or “anchor” your decisions to a reference point, whether or not it’s a valid one. When is it helpful? An anchor point can be […]

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2021 Financial To-Do List

Happy New Year! Now that 2020 is a wrap, let’s capitalize on the New Year momentum and build a plan for tackling those financial to-dos that keep getting put off. Taking on an entire year at once can seem daunting, so I like to focus on the first half of the year, January through June. […]

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10 Financial Resolutions for 2021

January is always a month filled with hopeful new beginnings, and following the challenges of 2020, so many of us are searching for ways to start fresh this New Year. When it comes to your financial health, one of the best resolutions you can make is this: don’t make the same mistakes twice. Despite this age-old maxim, Wealth Advisors see many of the […]

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Charitable Giving During a Pandemic

In the span of weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic and an earlier than expected start to California’s fire season have impacted every aspect of our communities, including the nonprofit sector. Whether it is health-related, a safety net organization serving the vulnerable, or focused on the arts and education, many nonprofits are struggling. For the seasoned philanthropist […]

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