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News or Noise: Why have energy prices risen and what does it mean for energy stocks?

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Energy stocks remain one of our highest conviction holdings in the portfolio. This is based on the view broadly held across our research providers that energy related equities are significantly mispriced. Crude Oil prices rose to levels not seen since the first half of 2015 (both West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent blend). Much of the explanation for the most recent move is the growing tension in the Middle East ─ as well as the upcoming meeting of OPEC ─ that is projected to continue with supply restraint ahead of the Aramco IPO targeted in 2018. But, the team at Knowledge Leaders Capital (KLC) posted last week that the more durable and structural explanation for higher prices is that “energy capex has been slashed, oil finds are at generational lows, inventories are improving, and demand keeps ticking higher.”

So, that helps explain the commodity price rise, but why are the stocks yet to fully reflect the move?

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New Beginnings, No Regrets

By | SignatureWOMEN | No Comments

While most people think of spring as a time for new beginnings, I’ve always felt that fall is mine. The hot and humid weather finally gives us a break, even if just for a few days; the school year begins; those who have disappeared for the summer reemerge; and, of course, football season is here! We get the feeling we could reinvent ourselves. We could take those classes, plan that trip, try for that new job… do all those things that either weren’t possible or at least were not as easy to do over the summer. It’s a time for all of us – regardless of where we are in life – to welcome the opportunities that come with fall. s are made? Did you know they can be wrong?

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News or Noise: Does Federal Reserve “Normalization” Impact Me?

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This is a tricky topic. In the near term, we believe that Federal Reserve policy shifts are acting as “noise” to investors being overwhelmed by economic and market fundamentals. We believe this return to a more normal market is healthy, given that Fed policy has been a driving force in the economy for the past several years. However, it remains true that we are in unchartered waters. Market volatility could appear at any time, since the Fed is now shrinking their balance sheet and raising interest rates. How quickly and forcefully this shifting policy will impact the economy is unclear.

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Equifax Data Breach: 2 Steps to Help Protect Yourself

By | Asset Protection, Uncategorized | No Comments

A major cybersecurity breach was just announced by Equifax, one of the three major credit reporting agencies in the United States. Initial estimates by Equifax indicate that over 143 Million U.S. consumers will be impacted as hackers gained access to names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers.

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How to Say it to Seniors, Closing the Communication Gap with our Elders

By | SignatureNEXT | No Comments

Have you ever been frustrated when talking with a senior-aged relative? Do you feel like they can’t keep up with our fast-paced, high-tech world of 2017?

In How to Say It to Seniors, David Solie provides a unique perspective on this issue and offers strategies and skills for overcoming these difficulties. Solie tells us that we can learn to communicate effectively by understanding senior adults’ unique developmental agendas and by using different language, phrases and vocabulary.

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Atlanta 101 Best and Brightest 2017

SignatureFD recognized as one of Atlanta’s 2017 “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.”

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SignatureFD has been recognized as one of Atlanta’s 2017 “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.” The financial design and advisory firm has received this honor every year since 2014, and in 2015, SignatureFD received the nationwide “Best and Brightest” award. This year’s awards ceremony was held on June 28th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

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