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The Morning View from West End: March 9, 2018

BY: MARSHALL BARTLETT Senior Vice President / Portfolio Manager (615) 591-0611   mbartlett@argenttrust.com Announced this morning, the economy created 313,000 jobs in February and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.1%.  A key metric from last month’s...

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Hiking and planning

Money Matters: March 2018 By Chuck Dudley Let's get outside y'all! The weather is about to turn from Winter to Spring, although there are a lot of positives about being outdoors in the Winter. As some may know, one of my off-duty passions is hiking and waterfall...

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The Morning View from West End: February 28, 2018

BY: MARSHALL BARTLETT Senior Vice President / Portfolio Manager (615) 591-0611   mbartlett@argenttrust.com Announced this morning, the second estimate of GDP growth in the fourth quarter came in at 2.5%, one-tenth lower than the first estimate. Lower revisions on...

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The Morning View from West End: February 21, 2018

BY: MARSHALL BARTLETT Senior Vice President / Portfolio Manager (615) 591-0611   mbartlett@argenttrust.com Later today, the minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve meeting are set to be released. It will be important to see if the discussion at the meeting...

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Budgeting made easy – stop budgeting, pt.1

Is budgeting hard for you? No problem. Stop budgeting. By Byron Moore, posted February 20, 2018 Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Question: I keep trying to figure a budgeting system that will work for me. But...

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The Morning View from West End: February 14, 2018

Announced this morning, the Consumer Price Index (a measure of inflation) increased 0.5% in January, more than the 0.3% expected, and has increased 2.1% annually. The core rate, which excludes food and energy costs, increased 0.3% in January, also more than the 0.2%...

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The Morning View from West End: February 9, 2018

Markets remain in flux this morning, as futures have moved between losses and gains following yesterday when the S&P 500 fell 3.75%. While it is likely there will be additional market moves in the days ahead as traders cover their positions, it is important to...

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Making a Retirement Covenant

Money Matters: February 2018 By Chuck Dudley What is a covenant? Literally, a "Covenant" is a contract. Other synonyms would be: agreement, undertaking, commitment, guarantee, warrant, pledge, promise, bond, indenture, pact, deal, settlement, arrangement or...

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