SignatureFD is a fee-based firm located in Atlanta that offers a wide selection of wealth management advisory services. The firm, which appears on our list of the top financial advisors in Atlanta and Georgia, also has a branch office in Charlotte, North Carolina.
As a fee-based firm, certain advisors here can sell financial products on a commission basis. This differs from a fee-only firm, which removes these potential conflicts of interest entirely.
SignatureFD was established in 1997 and became a registered investment advisor (RIA) in 2001. The firm has dozen of shareholders.
Heather Robertson Fortner is the firm’s president and chief executive officer (CEO). She leads an advisory team that includes certified financial planners (CFPs), chartered financial analysts (CFAs), certified public accountants (CPAs) and chartered alternative investment analysts (CAIAs).
SignatureFD Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes
SignatureFD serves non-high-net-worth individuals, high-net-worth individuals, pooled investment vehicles, trusts, estates, pension and profit-sharing plans and charitable organizations.
Prospective clients will normally need at least $2 million to set up an account. However, the firm reserves the right to accept clients with less money.
Services Offered by SignatureFD
This firm offers the following advisory services:
- Portfolio management
- Financial planning
- Pension consulting
- Selection of other advisors (including private fund managers)
The firm’s website also includes an educational section with blog posts and explainers on financial topics.
SignatureFD Investment Philosophy
SignatureFD uses several methods when conducting investment research and offering personalized advice. The firm’s securities strategies include fundamental analysis, charting analysis, technical analysis and cyclical analysis.
When it comes to advisory fees, SignatureFD charges asset-based fees, hourly fees and fixed fee.
For clients who use both financial planning and investment management services, SignatureFD charges wealth management fees that range from 0.50% to 1.00%. Stand-alone financial planning fees range from $3,000 to $15,000 on a fixed fee basis, while hourly fees range from $200 to $500. For stand-alone investment management services, SignatureFD offers the following fee schedule for investment services:
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Here's what you may expect to pay in advisory fees at this firm:
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What to Watch Out For
SignatureFD doesn’t have any disclosures on its record. However, some advisors can sell insurance products and earn commissions for doing so. This can create a potential conflict of interest, but the firm abides by fiduciary duty.
Opening an Account with SignatureFD
You can set up an account with SignatureFD by visiting its Atlanta or Charlotte offices. You can also call the firm at (404) 253-7600.
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All information is accurate as of the writing of this article.