As the new year unfolds, we find ourselves again under new tax laws that create a need for many people to review and amend different areas of their financial and wealth planning. The SECURE Act, officially named the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019,” is seen as the first major retirement savings law in many years. It passed into law during December 2019 and became effective January 1, 2020. From a policy perspective, the goal of the SECURE Act is to encourage savings. Many of its provisions are aimed at making retirement accounts and plans available to a wider range of individuals. For those who already have retirement accounts, the most relevant changes center around the new rules related to contributions and eventual distributions, including what is required to happen, and when, with retirement accounts as they are inherited by beneficiaries.
Some of the key issues we will be tackling with our clients are the Act’s new rules related to the following (and likely other) planning issues:
Over the next couple of months, we’ll be diving deeper into a number of the major impacts of the SECURE Act in a series of Insight blogs. But if you find yourself in any of these situations, then this will be an important time for us to review the status of your retirement account and estate plan. Your Litman Gregory advisor can guide you through this process and work with your tax and estate professionals to help determine how this impacts you, and what the best solutions are for your goals. We encourage you to contact us with any questions about your specific situation.
Investment Key Takeaways—Year-End 2020
Very few (if any) market observers would have predicted a strong market outcome in early 2020, with pandemic fears rampant and the global economy falling off a cliff. But global stocks ended the year at all-time highs with a 16% gain. At Litman Gregory, we “stayed the course” during the volatility, and it proved prescient once again. In this post, we summarize key takeaways from our full year-end investment commentary, offering an overview of financial market performance and our outlook for the months ahead.
Commentary from Our CIO—Year-End 2020
In this year-end commentary, CIO Jeremy DeGroot reflects on the recent challenging and turbulent year and lays out our investment outlook for 2021 and beyond. The strong full-year market returns masked the incredible volatility and stress investors faced earlier in the year. While many risks remain, the early stages of vaccine distributions and economic stimulus are providing a light at the end of the tunnel.
Alice Lowenstein Earns CSRIC™, Sustainable, Responsible & Impact Investing Designation
We are pleased to share that Managing Director Alice Lowenstein has obtained the Chartered SRI Counselor designation, the first major financial credential dedicated specifically to sustainable, responsible and impact investing. This designation demonstrates Alice’s knowledge of SRI principles and best practices.