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.
The Litman Gregory Masters Funds are now PartnerSelect Funds
Effective July 31, Litman Gregory Masters Funds will be operating under a new name: PartnerSelect Funds. While the existing funds will be renamed to reflect the updated family name, each funds’ sub-advisor lineup, ticker symbol, and CUSIP will not change.
Insight Newsletter—Second Quarter 2020
In an effort to deliver our quarterly communications more promptly and reduce our use of paper, we are excited to announce that an electronic version of our Insight Newsletter will be shared on our website going forward.
A Message from Litman Gregory’s CEO
In June, CEO Steve Savage sent a letter to the firm to underscore Litman Gregory’s stance against racism and for inclusion. We feel it is important to share excerpts of his internal communication so that our clients and friends know where we stand on these meaningful issues.