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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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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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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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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What Does Free Stock Trading Mean to You?

There has been a lot in the news recently about major investment brokerage firms eliminating trading fees. In the past, buying and selling stocks could be expensive – as much as $50 in commission fees to trade. Now, most of the major brokerage firms are advertising commission-free online trading for U.S stocks, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), […]

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Market Commentary: Winter 2019 – The Difference in a Decade

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DECADE MAKES At the end of 2019, the S&P 500 Index (which is comprised of a mix of 500 US large company stocks) was ascendant, with an average annualized return of +11.2% over the past ten years, and it finished 2019 with a one-year return of +31.5%. It was the best […]

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Tune Out Investing Noise, Tune in Solid 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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Market Commentary: Fall 2019 – A Tale of Two Decades

A Tale of Two Decades: Lessons for Long Term Investors The first decade of the 21st century, and the second one that’s drawing to a close, have reinforced for investors some timeless market lessons: returns can vary sharply from one period to another; holding a broadly diversified portfolio can help smooth out the swings; and, […]

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North Bay Business: Interview with Bruce

Are you worried about today’s financial climate? Wealth Advisor Bruce Dzieza said in a recent North Bay Business Journal interview that the key is developing “a plan that you can live with” before “life throws you a curveball.” He also gives tips on finding the right investment strategy, a level of risk you are comfortable […]

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Market Commentary: Winter 2018 – Control What You Can

THE WILLOW CREEK PORTFOLIO: The US Market and Beyond As US-based investors, it is hard not to focus on the US stock market and think that it should be the sum of your returns: your portfolio should be up when the S&P 500 index is up and down when it is down. Sometimes that is […]

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