Seven Bay Area counties, including Marin and Contra Costa, where Litman Gregory’s Larkspur and Walnut Creek offices are located, have issued a mandatory order to “shelter in place.” We want to assure our clients that our team remains available and ready to offer support and assistance. Litman Gregory maintains an active, up-to-date business continuity plan which has prepared us well to support our client service and business operations during this complex and unusual period.
Your Investment Advisory Team
Our investment and advisory teams are entirely focused on working together to manage our clients’ portfolios and support your financial well-being through this dramatic period. We are maintaining our core investment discipline including taking advantage of market declines to make portfolio trades that we believe position our clients for stronger future returns.
Our research team is in close touch with managers we use in our client portfolios to understand how they are operating both on an investment front and in terms of their own business continuity and as always we are able to draw from a broad field of specialized experts whose research views can complement our own.
We encourage our clients to be in touch with their advisor and we are reaching out as well to share information and be of support. And advisors and client services staff are here and prepared to continue to help clients who have cash flow needs from their portfolio, or income tax information needs, as normal.
Litman Gregory Business Continuity
Litman Gregory has long maintained multiple offices with colleagues working from a variety of locations at any one time, depending on client and business needs. We are very accustomed to working with remote teammates. We have portable computers that can be docked in our at-home workstations and we are experienced with remote meetings and video conferencing. Our phones can be set to ring to our personal lines at any time. We can access our systems and files remotely through a secure virtual desktop.
As a result of this experience and preparation, we were able to quickly reorient the company to remote work starting on Tuesday March 10th. Following the March 16th “shelter in place” directive, we closed our Walnut Creek and Larkspur offices and fully redirected all work including phones, mail and printing to remote status. At this time the directive does not include Stockton so our office there remains open until further notice.
We recognize that everyone in our community is managing through new and unfamiliar circumstances. Please know that as a firm, we are committed to safeguarding the best interests of our clients and our client-team and to supporting one another through this challenging time.
Our Perspective and Strategy During Turbulent Times
It’s been a difficult year, to say the least. As September comes to a close, we’ve weathered a disappointing month in the financial markets after a relatively benign August and a strong July. As is the case in any bear market, investors are braced for more to come. In this post we provide a summary on the forces that brought us here, how we’re responding, and what to expect going forward.
With Inflation Rising, Why Have Inflation-Protected Bonds Declined?
As the outlook for inflation turned less “transitory,” treasury inflation-protected securities became interesting to many investors. But these bonds have shown they aren’t immune to broader bond market declines, leaving investors to wonder, “How can my inflation-protected bonds be down when inflation is on the rise?” In this post we explain how these bonds are impacted by different market variables, including inflation, and why we believe they still deserve a place in our client portfolios.
I Savings Bonds Currently Offer a Generous Yield
With current yields over 9%, Series I Savings Bonds seem to offer a "free lunch". These bonds are issued by the U.S. Government and pay interest linked to current inflation rates, making them an attractive option for most savers and investors.