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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When the Market Drops, What’s Our Plan? Hang in There.

It’s clear that we’re experiencing a period of market volatility. Hang in there, and take comfort in the knowledge that we are doing what we do best behind the scenes to protect what you’ve worked so hard to build. Below is a video explaining how rebalancing, tax-loss harvesting, and other strategies we implement in your portfolio during volatile times can create long-term rewards as markets […]

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Cryptocurrency: Four Ideas to Consider Before Buying

Originally published in North Bay Business Journal As wealth advisors, a frequent question my colleagues and I are receiving these days is this: should I buy Bitcoin? The cryptocurrency marketing machine is currently hard at work, and if you watched even part of Super Bowl LVI, you were sure to have seen a crypto commercial. […]

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The Ukrainian Crisis and Market Volatility

As the world watches the horrific events unfolding in Ukraine over the past 24 hours, our thoughts are with those being tragically impacted.    The feeling of having no control over the lives of those in Ukraine, and everyone involved, can be overwhelming. And though we don’t want to minimize these feelings, our job is […]

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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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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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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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