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
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.