The Morning View: October 16, 2020

The Morning View: October 16, 2020

Announced this morning, Retail Sales for September increased 1.9%, more than double what was expected. Strength occurred in Clothing & Accessories stores as well as Sporting Goods, Book, and Hobby stores. Meanwhile, Electronics & Appliance stores were weak....

The Morning View: October 16, 2020

Announced this morning, Retail Sales for September increased 1.9%, more than double what was expected. Strength occurred in Clothing & Accessories stores as well as Sporting Goods, Book, and Hobby stores. Meanwhile, Electronics & Appliance stores were weak....

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Argent Employee Spotlight – Kimberly Breithaupt

Argent Employee Spotlight – Kimberly Breithaupt

Q: What led you to Argent and what makes it unique? A: Someone recommended me to Argent so they called me for an interview. I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to start out in 1996 while we were still a Louisiana state-chartered trust company and watch our...

A Career Built on Relationships

A Career Built on Relationships

A Career Built on Relationships BY: Mike Carroll |  Co-Founder and Former CEO, Heritage Trust Company Mike Carroll was co-founder of Heritage Trust Company and served as its CEO from 1998-2019. Mike passed away on May 5, 2020, shortly after writing this article. “No...

Is ESG Investing Right for You?

Is ESG Investing Right for You?

A Brief Summary of ESG Trends and Challenges BY: Saiyida Gardezi  |  Portfolio Manager   Investing strategies that focus on investments in companies that seek to make a positive, long-term impact on the environment, employees and communities have continued to...

Fixed Income Commentary – July 2020

Fixed Income Commentary – July 2020

2nd Quarter 2020 Fixed Income Review Following a wild ride in the first quarter, fixed income markets had positive performance in the 2nd quarter of 2020, mainly due to the Federal Reserve’s announcement of numerous programs to support liquidity in many sectors....

Investment Commentary: July 2020

Investment Commentary: July 2020

Second Quarter 2020 BY: FRANK HOSSE Director of Investments – Argent Trust Company  |  615.385.2720 Equity investors have been on quite a roller-coaster ride this year. After hitting an all-time high on February 19, the S&P 500 Index plunged a gut-wrenching 34%...

Argent Employee Spotlight – Erik Aagaard

Argent Employee Spotlight – Erik Aagaard

Q: What led you to Argent and what makes it unique? A: The firm I worked for (The Trust Company) was acquired by Argent. The philosophies and priorities of both companies were a good match. Q: Why do you enjoy working at Argent? A: Everyone that I work with at Argent...

The Morning View: July 2, 2020

The Morning View: July 2, 2020

BY: MARSHALL BARTLETT Senior Vice President / Portfolio Manager Announced this morning, the economy added 4,800,000 jobs in June, more than expected. The Leisure & Hospitality sector saw the largest increase, while the Mining and Logging and Utilities industries...

Investment Outlook – July 2020

Investment Outlook – July 2020

Unprecedented BY: JIM McELROY, CFA   Jim McElroy It may be somewhat of an exaggeration to say that the last three months have been unprecedented, but we’re going to stick with that modifier. It’s true that here have been “plagues” in our lifetime that have...

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