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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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A Primer on Cryptocurrency

By: Jason Simpson, AmeriTrust Portfolio Manager Drew Davis, Argent Trust Portfolio Manager Introduction Over the last 12 years, the cryptocurrency universe has dramatically evolved from its infancy in 2009 when software programmer “Satoshi Nakamoto” authored the first...

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The Morning View: December 3, 2021

Announced this morning, the economy added only 210,000 jobs in November, less than half than what was expected.  A look underneath the headline number shows the Transportation and Warehousing industry was strong, while Retail Trade and Government jobs were weak.  The...

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Mid-Month Market Perspectives – November 2021

Unchartered Waters On the cusp of change Investors today are facing a wave of economic uncertainties. Over the past 18 months, central banks have provided the backstop for liquidity and investor confidence. That confidence, in turn, has propelled the markets to...

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The Morning View: November 24, 2021

In this morning’s data, Initial Jobless Claims were 199,000 for the week ending on 11/20, much lower than expected and could be impacted some by holidays, but it is below 200k for the first time since before the pandemic. Continuing Claims were 2,049,000 for the week...

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