We are committed to providing a deep team of experienced professionals to support our clients’ financial success in the decades and generations to come. Below, we share news of the recent advancements and industry accolades within the Litman Gregory team.
Chris Wheaton Recognized on 2021 Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors List
Senior Advisor Chris Wheaton, CPA, CFP® has been named again by Forbes as one of the 2021 Best-in-State Wealth Advisors. This annual list spotlights top advisors from across the country who have demonstrated high levels of ethical standards and success in the business.
Gretchen Hollstein Recognized on 2021 Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisors & Forbes Top Women Wealth Advisors Lists
Senior Advisor Gretchen Hollstein, CFP® has been named again by Forbes as one of the 2021 Best-in-State Wealth Advisors. Gretchen has also once again been named to the Forbes list of 2021 Top Women Wealth Advisors, which features 1,000 advisors from across the country who have demonstrated exemplary client service and achieved success in the wealth management business.
Jared Noland Promoted to Senior Wealth Management Analyst
Since joining the wealth management team in 2015, Jared Noland, CFA, CFP® has worked closely with Litman Gregory’s Advisors to provide customized financial planning projections and portfolio analysis for our clients and prospective clients. Not long after joining the company, Jared earned his CFP® designation, and over the years he has steadily deepened and expanded his understanding of the firm’s research, portfolios and wealth planning services.
Kiko Vallarta Promoted to Senior Research Analyst
As a Senior Research Analyst, Kiko Vallarta, CFA will share responsibilities with the other Senior Analysts for developing and communicating our research positions, monitoring existing PartnerSelect and other third-party fund managers, and leading new manager due diligence efforts. Kiko also has primary responsibility on the research team for data analysis.
Josh Fredricks Promoted to Senior Operations Associate
Since transitioning to an Operations role in 2019, Josh Fredricks has been supporting the Private Funds Group to service our clients’ private alternative investments and assist with various key operational processes including account reconciliation, index updates, client reporting, and trading. In addition to his extensive cross-training, Josh has strengthened Client Service and Private Funds functions overall by regularly making suggestions, streamlining processes, updating procedures, and assisting with colleague training.
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.