In June, I wrote a memo to the firm to make clear that Litman Gregory stands against racism and views inclusion as a core value. Our co-founders also shared a personal communication that underscored these beliefs in which they offered to extend our company’s charitable matching program and bolster this year’s impact by personally matching individual gifts to charitable organizations that support communities and causes working to achieve an equitable society for all. We believe it is also important that our clients and friends know where we stand so I am sharing excerpts from my internal communication below:
I am reaching out on behalf of our Executive Team to acknowledge the extraordinarily difficult period we’ve been experiencing and to consider this in the context of the values of our firm. Recent events have elevated the frustration and urgency around the destructive power of racism and the imperative for progress. We are also amidst a painful economic downturn and health crisis that is particularly hitting the most vulnerable members of our community. We know that many of us share feelings of sadness or anger and a strong desire to help.
In considering the events around us, we have had many individual conversations within the Litman Gregory community and feel it is important that you know where we stand. We believe diversity is a strength and that we and our clients benefit from a workforce that supports and draws on a range of backgrounds, viewpoints, experiences, and identities. We do not accept discrimination of any kind. We stand firmly in support of the daunting challenge to bring racial equity, and we recognize that racism exists overtly and in subtle persistent ways that break hearts and destroy lives.
We believe a society that provides equal and fair opportunities is not only our moral obligation but is also in our collective interest. Given our country’s history, it may at times seem difficult to achieve the positive change that will move us closer to that goal. In support of what we strongly believe is a collective interest and responsibility for the community and broader world we all live in together, we must find ways to do so.
We are each individually stronger if everyone is stronger, and we join the effort to work toward a better, more just world.
—Steve Savage, CEO
Replay: Market Update Webinar
In this replay of our Market Update Webinar, Chief Investment Officer Jeremy DeGroot answers questions we’ve been receiving from clients on the economy and financial markets. He also provides an overview of how Litman Gregory is navigating the potential impact of the upcoming election and the turbulence surrounding the pandemic.
Tax Planning Opportunities in 2020
As part of our tax sensitivity in managing investment portfolios, we regularly look for opportunities to maximize after-tax portfolio returns. We also help clients identify where it makes sense to take advantage of the changes enacted by the SECURE and CARES Acts. Here we share some tips on how to utilize a variety of techniques in our client portfolios.
How We Think About Elections & Investment Decisions
Each time a U.S. presidential election approaches, we revisit with clients our views about the impact on our investment outlook and portfolio positioning. Here is a quick review of how we think about elections in general within the context of our overall investment approach.