We believe our most valuable assets are the people that make up Litman Gregory and the strong reputation for integrity, intellectual honesty, and excellence that we have earned over the years in our relationships with clients, business associates, and the national financial media. This reputation has been established by taking great care to cultivate a team of highly skilled professionals who share our core values and who have a passion for our profession. The resulting company culture and the people behind it are the foundation for our continued success.
We are active participants in our communities, as individuals and as a firm.
The Litman Gregory Charity Partnership Program proudly supports two local nonprofits dedicated to alleviating and preventing homelessness. Our involvement includes volunteer opportunities for all employees in addition to meaningful financial contribution:
One of the longest continually operating social service agencies in California, based in San Francisco. Compass counselors work with families to develop a personalized housing plan while providing them with the support they need to stabilize, get back on their feet, and go forward on the path to self-sufficiency. Compass provides childcare, healthcare, education, employment, shelter, transitional housing, mental health care, legal services and a host of basic needs services to address each family’s unique circumstances as they work toward housing stability, self-sufficiency and well-being.
SHELTER, Inc. strives to realize a vision: Re-building lives, one family at a time, by giving them a home, the skills, and the resources to live the life they deserve. Each year, SHELTER, Inc. helps over 6,000 men, women and children in Contra Costa County; almost half of those helped are children.
With so much of our community impacted by devastating fires, we, as a firm and as individual employees, have directed additional donations to Northern California victims through two long-standing local organizations: Napa Valley Community Foundation and Sonoma County Community Foundation. In keeping with the advice that we would give our clients, we carefully planned our giving to support these entities in a way that should generate the most impact. Both foundations are long established members of their communities and will administer these funds in partnership with local service organizations.
Navigating New Tax Planning Opportunities with the SECURE Act of 2019
As the new year unfolds, we find ourselves with numerous wealth planning opportunities based on tax law updates within the recently passed “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019”. The SECURE Act is seen as the first major retirement savings law in many years. This is an important time to review retirement accounts and estate planning options.
Investment Key Takeaways—Year-End 2019
In 2019, almost all major financial asset classes were positive, a shift from 2018 where just about every asset class faltered. And atypically, both stocks and bonds appreciated strongly with the key driver being the Federal Reserve’s policy U-turn toward accommodative monetary policy.
Commentary from Our CIO—2019 Review & Outlook
While there are a number of reasons to be cautiously optimistic for the financial markets in 2020, we are also weighing a number of short-term risks, including high stock valuations. In the face of the current level of uncertainty, it’s helpful for investors to maintain a balanced mindset and to know that our portfolios are prepared for a variety of market environments as we anticipate what may be in store for the coming year.