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Investment Commentary: February 2020

BY: FRANK HOSSE Director of Investments - Argent Trust Company  |  615.385.2720 Global stocks fell in January after sentiment turned negative late in the month, largely driven by fears over the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Broader developed market indexes were up...

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Investment Commentary: January 2020

BY: FRANK HOSSE Director of Investments - Argent Trust Company  |  615.385.2720 Looking Back: 2019 Market Review What a difference a year makes. Just about every major asset class lost money in 2018. In 2019, that was turned on its head. Pretty much everything went...

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Fixed Income Commentary – January 2020

4th Quarter 2019 and 2019 Fixed Income Review Fixed income markets had mixed performance in the 4th quarter of 2019, although returns for the year were quite good considering the historically low rates available and U.S. equity markets being near all-time highs. A...

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Investment Outlook – January 2020

Halcyon Wishes BY: JIM McELROY, CFA   The word “halcyon” has an interesting derivation. According to Greek myth, two married lovers compare themselves in their happiness to Zeus and Hera. For their hubris, Zeus kills the husband by thunderbolt and the grieving widow...

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Fixed Income Commentary – October 2019

3rd Quarter 2019 Fixed Income Review Fixed income markets had positive performance in the 3rd quarter of 2019 due to slowing global growth, trade policy uncertainties, geopolitical risks (Brexit, Iran, Hong Kong), and benign inflation.  Additionally, world central...

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Investment Outlook – October 2019

It’s Got Us Scratching Our Heads BY: JIM McELROY, CFA   For those unfamiliar with even the most rudimentary elements of baseball, a “fat pitch” is a toss from a pitcher that crosses the precise middle of home plate at just below the batter’s waist. It should be slow...

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Fixed Income Commentary – July 2019

2nd Quarter 2019 Fixed Income Review Fixed income markets generally had positive performance in the 2nd quarter of 2019 as fears of a slowdown in global growth appeared and world central banks, including the U.S. Federal Reserve, signaled more accommodative policies....

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Investment Outlook – July 2019

It’s Got Us Scratching Our Heads BY: JIM McELROY, CFA   This was the comment made by one of our fixed income managers at a recent investment strategy meeting, and it accurately describes our bewilderment over the mixed signals we’re receiving from the marketplace. The...

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Fixed Income Commentary – April 2019

1st Quarter 2019 Fixed Income Review Fixed income markets exhibited positive performance in the 1st quarter of 2019 as global growth slowdown fears appeared and world central banks, along with the U.S. Federal Reserve, signaled more accommodative policies. U.S. High...

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Investment Outlook – April 2019

Tea Leaves, Anyone? BY: JIM McELROY, CFA   How will we know when the longest running bull market in stocks (or second longest, depending on the index) has finally run its course? The short answer is when the market declines by 20% or more, but that of course isn’t...

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