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The Morning View: April 15, 2021

Announced this morning, Retail Sales for March increased 9.8%, much higher than expected. Sporting Goods & Hobby stores, and Motor Vehicle & Parts dealers were all up more than 15% in the month, while Food & Beverage (grocery) stores were relatively flat....

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Argent Employee Spotlight – Jill Nalty

Meet Jill, who is with Argent Trust in New Orleans and has been with us for 2 years.   Q. What led you to Argent and what makes it unique? A. Louisana based company Q. Why do you enjoy working at Argent? A. I enjoy the people and the “small company” feel Q. What...

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The Morning View: April 9, 2021

In this morning’s data, the Producer Price Index (PPI), which measures costs faced by industries that make products rather than those the consumer bears, increased 1.0% in March and has increased 4.2% on an annual basis, both above forecasts.  The core PPI, which...

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How Savvy Real Estate Investments Use 1031 Exchanges

Investing in real estate continues to be a popular wealth management strategy for Americans of a range of wealth levels. In fact, an estimated 60% of high net worth individuals are expected to increase their real estate investments this year, according to a survey by...

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Fixed Income Commentary- April 2021

April 2021 1st Quarter 2021 Fixed Income Review Fixed income markets had generally negative performance in the 1st quarter of 2021 as U.S. equity markets hit all-time highs amid improving global growth and higher inflation expectations. The U.S. Aggregate Index, a...

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Investment Outlook – April 2021

When the Crowds Return   It’s been a little over a year since we first heard of COVID-19, lockdowns, mandatory masks, social distancing, asymptomatic carriers, Zoom meetings, etc. We may be premature, but it appears that the U.S. may be returning to some...

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A Corporate Executor May Be in Your Family’s Best Interest

One of the most important – and overlooked – decisions individuals will make in drafting their will is determining who will serve as executor (personal representative in some states) to handle the affairs of their estate. The wide range of responsibilities – from...

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The Morning View: March 31, 2021

Announced this morning, Initial Jobless Claims were 719,000 for the week ending March 27th, more than the 675k expected and Continuing Claims were 3,794,000 for the week ending March 20th, also higher than expectations.  Both figures highlight the difficulties still...

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