The Morning View from West End: June 1, 2018

BY: MARSHALL BARTLETT
Senior Vice President / Portfolio Manager
(615) 591-0611   mbartlett@argenttrust.com

Announced this morning, the economy added 223,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate fell one tenth to 3.8%. Looking at wages, Average Hourly Earnings increased 0.3% in May and is up 2.7% on an annual basis. A strong report, with the headline number topping 200k and wages continuing to rise, albeit slowly considering the current economic cycle. The Federal Reserve likely remains on track with their planned increases this year, as inflationary levels remain near their stated target, per the 1.8% annual increase of the core the PCE price index announced yesterday. Heading into the market open, both equity futures and bond yields ticked higher following the jobs report.

This information has been prepared by Argent Trust to highlight issues which may be of interest to the recipient and is not intended as legal, investment or tax advice. You are urged to seek legal, tax and accounting counsel for your particular situation before acting on topics discussed here. At Argent Trust, we assist our clients in managing and enhancing their wealth. Please call us at 615.591.0044 with questions or to schedule a meeting. © 2018 Argent Financial.

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020, Argent Financial Group (Argent) is a leading, independent, fiduciary wealth management firm. Responsible for more than $30 billion in client assets, Argent provides individuals, families, businesses and institutions with a broad range of wealth management services, including trust and estate administration, investment management, ESOPs, retirement plan consulting, funeral and cemetery trusts, charitable organization administration, oil and gas (mineral) management and other unique financial services. Headquartered in Ruston, Louisiana, Argent was formed in 1990 and traces its roots back to 1930.

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