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Transitioning Inflation Sentiment is changing. This shift is evident at the grocery store checkout, at the gas pump, and most recently, in the financial markets. January opened on the heels of a still robust investment environment; the unknown, however, was quickly...

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The Morning View: January 28, 2022

In this morning’s data, Personal Income increased 0.3% in December, less than expected, and Personal Spending decreased -0.6% in December, as expected. Meanwhile, the PCE Deflator, a key measure of inflation monitored by the Federal Reserve, remains elevated...

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The Morning View: January 12, 2022

Announced this morning, the Consumer Price Index increased 0.5% in December, more than expected, and increased 7.0% on annual basis, maintaining high levels from recent months. Monthly prices for Used Cars and Trucks, up 3.5%, and Airline Fares, up 2.7%, were strong...

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Quarterly Fixed Income Update

4th Quarter 2021 Fixed Income Review • Q4 fixed income markets experienced generally negative performance and Treasuries and most high credit quality indices were negative for the year • Inflation soared to levels not seen in twenty years due to disrupted supply...

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Monthly Market Update – June 2022

January 2022 Fourth Quarter and 2021 Recap It’s been another remarkable year for the S&P 500 Index. Not only did the index of large-cap U.S. stocks return a stunning 28.7%, nearly triple its long-term historical average, but for only the second time in market...

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The Morning View: January 7, 2022

Announced this morning, the economy added only 199,000 jobs in December, much less than expected. The Leisure and Hospitality industry added just 53,000 jobs, contrary to the higher reading in the ADP report earlier this week, and the Retail Trade industry and...

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Quarterly Investment Outlook-First Quarter 2022

Ghosts from the Past?*   The last week of the calendar year, with Christmas at the beginning and New Year’s Eve at the end, often provides us with contradictory messages. We sing “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” while the ghost of Christmas past nags us...

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The Morning View: December 23, 2021

Announced this morning, Personal Income increased 0.4% in November, as expected. Personal Spending increased 0.6% in November, also as expected. Initial Jobless claims were 205,000 the week ending December 18th, maintaining a healthy level well below 300k considered...

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The Morning View: December 10, 2021

In this morning’s data, the Consumer Price Index increased 0.8% in November, slightly more than expected, and increased 6.8% on annual basis, the highest annual increase since 1982. Prices for Energy Commodities, including Motor Fuel, were strong while prices for...

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Monthly Investment Commentary – December 2021

December 2021 BY: FRANK HOSSE Director of Investments – Argent Trust Company  |  615.385.2720 A Month At-A-Glance • Equity returns were negative in November after faltering late in the month. • Investors grappled with the uncertainty around the Omicron variant. • The...

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