Video: How to be a Successful Investor with Bruce Dzieza

I’ve been in the financial advisory world for almost 40 years. I’ve learned a lot about how markets work, but more important, I’ve observed how successful investors react to market volatility. I’ve experienced many bear markets, where stocks have dropped over 20%. Bottom line – the most successful investors call us to discuss increasing their […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Handling Market Volatility

Originally published in North Bay Business Journal My Willow Creek colleagues and I recently received some client feedback that every Wealth Advisor dreams of hearing: our client shared that rather than panic during this period of market volatility, she leaned into what she had learned from her advisor over the years, which is to imagine […]

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Don’t Let Market Highs Get You Low (or Vice Versa)

Originally published in North Bay Business Journal “All-time market high.” Depending on what kind of investor you are, that phrase can elicit emotions ranging from abject fear to utter joy. And given the market volatility of the past year, some investors can’t figure out how to feel. Is a market high good or bad? Am […]

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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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Market Commentary: Winter 2021 – The Year of the Unexpected

2020: The Year of the Unexpected At the beginning of 2020, the outlook for the economy and the stock markets seemed promising. The US stock market was amid its longest bull run ever (almost 11 years), the economy was growing, and unemployment was low. Interest rates were on the rise – the benchmark 10-year US […]

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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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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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Biases During Market Volatility

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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