We would like to share some important and exciting news about Litman Gregory’s future. After much careful thought, analysis, and discussion, our principals have decided to take a significant step toward growing our resources and ensuring our ability to excel for generations by joining iM Global Partner, a privately held global investment services firm dedicated to asset management.
In this evolution, Litman Gregory will become the base of the firm’s U.S. operations and the sole wealth management service offering, which will continue to operate under the Litman Gregory name. This transaction is expected to be finalized within the second quarter of this year, and we believe it represents a meaningful advance for us and our clients.
Before arriving at this decision, we conducted an intense due diligence process with iM Global Partner and its principals, very much in keeping with our research-driven process. What we found is an investment sophistication that reinforces the level of research at Litman Gregory and a service orientation that mirrors our client-centered focus. Moreover, they have the resources and commitment to position us so we can continue to deliver the fresh thinking, disciplined management, and high-level of attention our clients expect from us.
Our criteria in this evaluation process tied back to the three pillars that formed the foundation of our business from the start: 1) our clients, who are the reason we come to work every day; 2) our people, who come together with the single mission to serve clients; and 3) our financial strength, providing the resources to ensure we can retain a great team of people and the tools they need to provide exceptional service. We know that all three pillars must be in balance to mutually support one another and to ensure our ability to serve clients across generations for decades to come. Through our due diligence, we determined that the combination with iM Global Partner brings us together with like-minded people and will make Litman Gregory stronger in the right ways, to the benefit of our clients and people.
As for the day-to-day work at Litman Gregory, it will be largely unchanged in how we interact with our clients. The Litman Gregory advisors and the broader client management team will continue in their current roles as well as their relationships with our clients. Similarly, our Chief Investment Officer and research analysts will remain focused on providing the disciplined, research-driven investment management strategy our clients know and expect.
We invite you to learn more about this next chapter for our firm by talking with your advisor and our team.
Commentary from Our CIO—Second Quarter 2021
Global stock markets continued to surge in the second quarter. In our assessment of the macroeconomic backdrop and outlook, we continue to expect a strong global economic recovery over at least the next 12 months. In this quarterly commentary, our Chief Investment Officer, Jeremy DeGroot, reviews the current reasoning for our portfolio positioning, outlook on inflation, and forward-looking scenario analysis on the broader economy and markets.
Research Update: Increased Return Expectations for U.S. Stocks
As the economy and financial markets continue their recovery from the pandemic’s impact, our recent analysis resulted in improved expected returns for U.S. stocks. In this post we summarize our analysis and why we think an increased allocation to U.S. equities could benefit the risk-adjusted return profile of our portfolios.
Advisor Q&A: Tax Planning and the American Families Plan with Senior Advisor Chris Wheaton
The American Families Plan was recently released by President Joe Biden and includes many of the provisions outlined during his campaign. We asked Litman Gregory Senior Advisor, Chris Wheaton, to answer some questions about key proposed tax law changes, and related tax planning ideas for our clients to consider in 2021 and beyond.