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
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.