The Morning View: January 15, 2021

The Morning View: January 15, 2021

In this morning’s data, Retail Sales for December fell -0.7%, worse than expected.  Non-store Retailers, Electronics & Appliances, and Food Service & Drinking Places were especially weak, while Gasoline Stations showed some strength.  The Control Group, which...

The Morning View: January 15, 2021

In this morning’s data, Retail Sales for December fell -0.7%, worse than expected.  Non-store Retailers, Electronics & Appliances, and Food Service & Drinking Places were especially weak, while Gasoline Stations showed some strength.  The Control Group, which...

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The Morning View: December 4, 2020

The Morning View: December 4, 2020

Announced this morning, the economy added just 245,000 jobs in November, less than the 460k expected.  The Transportation & Warehousing industry was strong, while Retail Trade and Government jobs were weak. The Unemployment Rate fell to 6.7%, from 6.9% the...

Retirement Times December 2020 Newsletter

Retirement Times December 2020 Newsletter

December 2020 This month's Retirement Times discusses post-election commentary. Stock markets abhor uncertainty. Currently, investment prognosticators are interpreting the election results to create a relatively “stagnant” legislative environment. Download the...

Why Eulogy and Resume Virtues Matter In Estate Planning

Why Eulogy and Resume Virtues Matter In Estate Planning

THIS ARTICLE IS FIRST IN A FOUR-PART SERIES THAT EXPLORES ESTATE AND LEGACY PLANNING.   When I talk to individuals and couples about estate planning and the legacy they want to leave behind, I often ask them: How do you want to be remembered? It’s not an easy...

Argent Employee Spotlight – Melissa Garner

Argent Employee Spotlight – Melissa Garner

Meet Melissa Garner, who is with Argent Trust in Shreveport and has been with us for 14 years.   Q. What led you to Argent and what makes it unique? A. I came to Argent fresh out of grad school, looking for a company that I could have a career with. I found it! I...

Making a Difference on GivingTuesday

Making a Difference on GivingTuesday

As we enter the holiday season and reflect warmly on our memories of Thanksgiving, many of us are feeling lucky and grateful for the blessings in our lives. Soon we’ll get into the bustle of buying gifts, sending out cards and taking part in other cherished seasonal...

The 30-Year Lesson

The 30-Year Lesson

Any company that has been around for 30 years will have learned a few lessons along the way about what it takes to be successful. And if it is not just surviving after three decades, but thriving, as Argent is, then it should have accumulated a host of lessons....

The Morning View: November 17, 2020

The Morning View: November 17, 2020

Morning View - November 17, 2020 from Argent Financial on Vimeo. BY: MARSHALL BARTLETT Senior Vice President / Portfolio Manager Announced this morning, Retail Sales for October increased 0.3%, less than expected.  Strength in the month occurred in Non-store retailers...

Evaluating Your Investment Planning in the Election’s Aftermath

Evaluating Your Investment Planning in the Election’s Aftermath

Just two weeks ago, as we entered Election Day, the general consensus among the pundits and the pollsters was that a “blue wave” would sweep across both houses of Congress and the White House. This scenario would create a political pathway for tax increases,...

The Morning View: November 12, 2020

The Morning View: November 12, 2020

Morning View November 12, 2020 from Argent Financial on Vimeo. Announced this morning, Initial Jobless Claims were 709,000 for the week ending November 7th, lower than estimates and Continuing Claims were 6,786,000 for the week ending October 31st, also lower than...

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