Michele Santilli – Arkansas
Branch Manager, Arkansas
My name is Michele Santilli, and I became a futures broker in October 2008 after a 20-year career in the world of Decorative Art. I attended University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee as a Dance major, University of Minnesota as a vocal major, College of DuPage for Interior Design, and have taken various master classes with European Decorative painters. of Having worked in the field as an independent contractor for both commercial and residential clients, and as a teacher, I’ve developed life-long relationships with my clients, students, and colleagues from all around the world.
Prior to coming to Foremost, I founded and directed an International School of Decorative Art dedicated to elevating the level of expertise of the North American decorative painters to the European standard. I also taught courses at the College of DuPage, the University of Michigan and the Smithsonian Institute.
How did I go from art to commodities?
I had always wanted to know more about the various markets and knew I was missing out on something. So when I was presented with the opportunity to learn more about alternative investments and knew that I could help others to do the same I jumped in with both feet.
Joining the Foremost team was a natural progression for me. Clients trusted me and referred me to their friends, which sustained my business. The fact that Bob Miller, Principal of Foremost, has had clients who started with him over 30 years ago speaks volumes to me! I’ve observed the mutual trust and respect he enjoys with them and I feel blessed to be “under the wing” of this family-run business that walks in integrity. As a teacher (it takes one to know one) Bob generously invests his time with not only his clients, but with the team as well. His willingness to share his lifetime of acquired knowledge and experience helps to make me a better broker for you.
My passion for teaching translates easily for me into the futures arena. I have the patience for and enjoy the learning process. All your questions are important to me, as well as your concerns. I value relationships developed over time and appreciate the trust that my clients have expressed they have in me. It takes real trust to build a well-diversified portfolio because individual goals, objectives and often, weak areas are shared.
I would invite you to give me a call to get acquainted. I not only work with clients who are seasoned traders, but also those whose only experience in futures consists of watching the movie “Trading Places” with Eddie Murphy and Dan Akroyd. (I love that movie!) I welcome the opportunity to help you “dip your toe in” especially if you’re new to this type of investment.
There’s a huge learning curve to trading commodities and futures and I want my clients to enter into trading a particular program or strategy with full understanding of the risks as well as the rewards.
Futures can be intimidating proposition!
If you’ve ever traded on your own or just tried to get a handle on the “lingo”, trading futures can be very intimidating to beginners.
If so, you may want to consider looking into Managed Futures, which is my main focus. Managed Futures programs allow you to rely on the experience and expertise of a professional trader called a CTA (Commodity Trading Advisor) who will trade on your behalf at their discretion. I’ve personally invested with a CTA. We have hundreds of CTAs available to us, which I review on a regular basis. I hold Series 3 and Series 30 (Manager’s) licenses.
Have you ever considered trading in an IRA account?
As we get to know each other you’ll find out that I married and have raised two sons and know first hand about the challenges of affording what it costs to keep a family running while also planning for retirement. I understand about trading futures in IRA accounts as its part of our personal plan..
If you felt the sting of the stock market crash of 2008, you may want to explore investments that don’t correlate with stocks. Experiencing those losses in our 401(K) made me realize even more the absolute necessity of being well diversified in order to reach our retirement goal of finding a nice piece of land near some body of water somewhere. We have now found our treasure…2o acres on top of a mountain in the Arkansas Ozarks!
I need music, love to travel and still paint on occasion, participating in an International Gathering of Decorative Artists, which is held in a different country each year. Gardening and cooking are part of my love for good food.
I believe there’s nothing like a ride on a motorcycle to let the wind blow off the stresses of life or better yet doing a puzzle or reading a book with your grandchild, of which I have two.
Thank you for reading this. I look forward to meeting you and hearing of your interests, background and goals.
When I first started trading Futures, I had the good fortune of having Michele assigned as my broker. As you can imagine a new trader has lots of odd questions and special needs; I was no exception. Michele graciously guided me along the way so I could “stand on my own.”
Through my success and failures as a self-directed trader, she has always been my aid, someone I could always count on. Over the years in talking about goals and objectives, I’ve come to know Michele beyond the confines of trading not only as my broker whom I trust, but as a woman who sees the world with the eyes of an artist, a gracious companion for the journey, and a friend. I thank God for Michele’s support of my trading endeavors.