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 Team is Prepared for the Gender Wealth Shift
Many leading companies have started to shift gears by offering new products, hiring more female advisors, and launching financial literacy and community outreach events. At Litman Gregory Wealth Management, we're ahead of the curve, with women making up 50% of our team.
Fourth Quarter 2023 Investment Commentary
As 2023 unfolded, global stock and bond markets ignored widespread expectations of a U.S. recession and surprised forecasters by shaking off a host of uncertainties to post strong gains for the year. This was a welcome rebound after a very difficult 2022, where high inflation made the Fed decide to raise interest rates sharply which led to negative returns for virtually all traditional investments. In this commentary we cover what led to the 2023 returns, as well as our outlook and strategy as we look ahead in 2024.
Year End Wishes from Litman Gregory Wealth Management
In reflecting on the events of 2023, we witnessed a positive turn in the financial markets as investors anticipated the possibility of a “soft landing” for the U.S. economy, but we were also disheartened by numerous worldwide conflicts. As we balance these experiences, we are grateful for our business and client relationships, and more than ever we are encouraged to be of service and give back to our community.