On February 9th, Litman Gregory hosted a webinar with Chief Investment Officer Jeremy DeGroot to address client questions on the economy, financial markets, and our outlook for 2022. Senior Advisor Bill Thompson moderated the discussion, and together they provided an update on the key macroeconomic risks our investment team is monitoring, including COVID-19, US fiscal and monetary policy, and inflation.
Bill then invited Senior Research Analysts Jack Chee and Kiko Vallarta to join the discussion and answer questions about Litman Gregory’s sustainable and ESG investing philosophy, as well as our research process and views in this area.
The webinar slides can be viewed here.
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