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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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Fixed Income Commentary – January 2021

January, 2021 4th Quarter 2020 Fixed Income Review Fixed income markets had generally positive performance in the 4th quarter of 2020 and returns for the year were quite good considering the historically low rates available and U.S. equity markets hitting all-time...

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Investment Outlook – January 2021

A New Year!   We have a friend who makes it a point to be in bed asleep when midnight arrives on New Year’s Eve. This year, he’s made an exception to this rule. His reason: “I want to make sure that 2020 actually leaves.” And indeed, this past year has been an...

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Monthly Investment Commentary – November 2020

November 2020 In October, global stock markets started out strong, gaining 5% through October 12, but then fell 7% over the remainder of the month. Larger-cap U.S. stocks fell 2.7% in the full month, while developed international stocks dropped 4.0%. U.S. small-cap...

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Monthly Investment Commentary – Third Quarter 2020

Third Quarter 2020   Despite some choppiness in September, equity investors were treated to solid gains during the third quarter. The S&P 500 Index rose 8.9% in the quarter and has recovered all its losses for the year. Smaller-cap U.S. stocks posted a return...

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Fixed Income Commentary – October 2020

October, 2020 3rd Quarter 2020 Fixed Income Review Fixed income markets experienced positive performance in the 3rd quarter of 2020, mainly due to the Federal Reserve’s pledge to keep interest rates low through 2023 and continued central bank support of many fixed...

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Investment Outlook – October 2020

A Bull Market Looking for a Cause?   With three quarters behind us and one quarter left, 2020 has already been an historically unpleasant year. With 200,000 plus COVID 19 deaths (1,000,000 worldwide), alphabet-busting numbers of hurricanes, record-setting...

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Monthly Investment Commentary – September 2020

September 2020 BY: FRANK HOSSE Director of Investments – Argent Trust Company  |  615.385.2720 Investor optimism continued its rise in August amid mounting hopes for a COVID-19 vaccine and data reaffirming solid global growth. The S&P 500 reached an all-time high...

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Monthly Investment Commentary – August 2020

August 2020 BY: FRANK HOSSE Director of Investments – Argent Trust Company  |  615.385.2720 Global equities continue to march upward and dig out of the hole created in March. After falling more than 30% from the start of the year through March 23, the S&P 500...

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