The Signature Blog

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Homes smart enough to save you money

FAMILY & LIFESTYLE When it comes to smart home technologies, there is an abundance of options. Here are some we think are worthy investments. It’s been reported that Oprah Winfrey has a high-tech ski home in Telluride, Colorado, that boasts…

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November 2022 Market Update

As I write this on the morning after Election Day, the results are undetermined, as suspected.  I think all of us want to make sure the final tally is correct, but I hope that the outcomes are determined soon.  The…

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Helping a loved one buy a home? Review strategies and risks

FAMILY & LIFESTYLE Approaches range from offering a straightforward monetary gift to making the purchase yourself and becoming a landlord. Explore various strategies and their tradeoffs. Real estate has long been one of the foundational pieces for an investment portfolio.…

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October 2022 Market Update

In late September, we did breach the old low on the S&P 500 of 3636 (set in June), which leads me to believe that new money should be patient when buying stocks.  I certainly would recommend dollar cost averaging, whereby…

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Making the most of Medicare’s open enrollment period

RETIREMENT & LONGEVITY Ask yourself a few questions to make sure you’re getting the most from Medicare. Mark your calendar for Medicare’s open enrollment season: between Oct. 15 and Dec. 7, you are able to make changes to your Medicare…

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Signature Wealth Market Update

September 2022 Market Update

As of mid-afternoon on September 23, the S&P 500 is re-testing the lows it hit in June.  This isn’t unprecedented as the stock market has a history of re-testing lows.  I wrote in August that I expected a pullback, although…

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The Fed and the Housing Market

Chief Economist Eugenio J. Alemán discusses current economic conditions. The Federal Reserve Bank (Fed), the central bank of the United States, has a difficult task ahead. The most important objectives of the Fed are: “maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate…

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August 2022 Market Update

We’ve seen a big and welcomed, rally in stock prices since the end of June.  Since then, the S&P 500 index is up nearly 13%, and some of the laggards from early in the year have become the leaders.  While…

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7 Ways To Boost Your Savings

Discover smart options to grow your savings. Although saving more takes some effort, it may be easier than you think – there may even be “free” money available that can help. Here are some tips: Take advantage of an employer…

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July 2022 Market Update

As we head into the second half of 2022, I wanted to take a moment to look back on what we have come through.  For starters, the first 6 months of 2022 were the worst January-June period for the stock…

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Social Security Myths and Misconceptions

RETIREMENT & LONGEVITY Learn how to get the most from your hard-earned benefits. There’s no doubt about it. Filing for Social Security can be daunting. There’s a ton of information – and misinformation – to weed through, as well as…

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June 2022 Market Update

As summer unofficially started last weekend with Memorial Day, so starts what are usually slow trading days in the stock market.  Historically, summer has meant vacations for many on Wall Street, and that has led to lower volumes and markets…

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Get to Know Special Needs Trusts

ESTATE & GIVING Trust assets can be used for a variety of helpful and enriching benefits, all while not jeopardizing valuable government assistance. Caring for a family member or friend with a disability or special needs can be difficult to…

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Signature Wealth Market Update

May 2022 Market Update

I’m not one to wish time away, but I’m glad that April is over, from a stock market standpoint (and also because tax season is over!).  The S&P 500 lost 8.8% in April to finish off one of the worst…

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Protect your privacy on social media: How much is too much?

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION Follow these tips for protecting your privacy on social media. In 2020, there were 3.96 billion active users on social media and the number keeps growing. Whether it’s to find a place to eat, stay in touch…

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April 2022 Market Update

Greetings! I hope that you had a nice March and that you are ready for Spring. In Florence, we’re digging out from our pollen storm, and it’s been a beautiful time to be outside, if your allergies can stand it!…

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“No Kids” Shouldn’t Mean “No Estate Plan”

ESTATE & GIVING Regardless of your family situation, it’s important to have certain estate planning essentials in place so that your legacy is left the way you intend. Estate planning can sometimes feel overwhelming, and those without children or close…

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March 2022 Market Update

March Madness is in full swing, and unfortunately, I’m not referring to the basketball tournament. I save a number of beginning of the year market forecasts from various analysts, and will occasionally look back on them to grade the analysts’…

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