Message from Willow Creek Chairman of the Board Bruce Dzieza

Dear Willow Creek Clients, Colleagues, and Friends, When we shared with you all in January that my role at Willow Creek would be changing, many people assumed that I was, in essence, announcing my retirement. Many of you have wondered what on earth I’m doing with my time and are surprised to find me in […]

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Reverse Mortgages Can be a Retirement Tool — With Caution

You’ve saved. You’ve invested. You’ve worked hard. But somehow, you fear there won’t be quite enough income to live on comfortably when you retire. What else can you do? Though we would only recommend this option under very specific circumstances, a reverse mortgage is a planning tool that can enable you to borrow against your […]

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Retirement Planning Pitfalls

It is one of the most common questions wealth advisors get from clients – when can I afford to retire? But planning for retirement can be a bit more complicated than just a savings and spending plan. Here are five pitfalls to avoid as you approach retirement. Pitfall #1: Thinking you can work forever (to […]

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New Rules: How SECURE and CARES Acts Change Your Retirement

The devastation caused by COVID-19 has overshadowed two important pieces of legislation that can affect your retirement. Here is a “cheat sheet” so that you can understand the key points that may relate to your situation. As is often the case with congressional law, the details can be complicated, so you should consult a professional […]

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Market Commentary: Spring 2020 – The CARES Act

The CARES Act The following is a summary of major provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security “CARES” Act. The Act is a complex piece of legislation and it covers many areas; our focus will be on how it impacts individuals. We would welcome speaking to you about it and if it might […]

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Preparing for a Successful Retirement: Start Now

If you are within 20 years of retiring, now is the time to start planning so that you can make more informed decisions about your future and be financially and emotionally prepared for one of life’s biggest transitions. Though individual situations vary, these basic recommendations should be considered by anyone preparing for retirement. The sooner […]

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To Roth or Not to Roth?

Many earners are in the smart retirement savings habit of making pre-tax contributions to company or individual retirement plans, such as a 401(k), 403(b) or SEP IRA. Strong incentives include a tax deduction for the contribution and often some form of employer match or contribution. Accumulated contributions are then invested, usually in stocks and bonds, […]

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