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Investment Commentary – May 2020

BY: FRANK HOSSE Director of Investments - Argent Trust Company  |  615.385.2720 We noted in our first quarter commentary that the speed of the market drop in March was historic. The U.S. stock market fell 20% in just 22 days and fell 30% in 30 days. But since March...

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Investment Outlook – April 2020

Bear Market BY: JIM McELROY, CFA   And just like that, the S&P 500 bull is dead. We will miss him. He was the second longest lived bull market in history, running from March 9, 2009 until February 19, 2020, just 19 days short of eleven years. Over that period, the...

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Investment Commentary: Q1-2020

BY: FRANK HOSSE Director of Investments - Argent Trust Company  |  615.385.2720 We are all now living through a period in history none of us will ever forget. The impact on our families, communities, and country has been profound. And it continues. There remains great...

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Fixed Income Market Update – March 25, 2020

 BY: OREN WELBORN Portfolio Manager / Argent Trust Company In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic the market’s response has been nothing short of extraordinary. Just a week before the recent downslide started, equity markets were at an all-time high and there was...

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Investment Commentary: March 2020

BY: FRANK HOSSE Director of Investments - Argent Trust Company  |  615.385.2720 Fears and concerns about the spread of the coronavirus outside of China and its potential economic impact drove stock markets lower in February. U.S. stocks fell around 8%, while developed...

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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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