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The Morning View: January 28, 2022

In this morning’s data, Personal Income increased 0.3% in December, less than expected, and Personal Spending decreased -0.6% in December, as expected. Meanwhile, the PCE Deflator, a key measure of inflation monitored by the Federal Reserve, remains elevated...


The Morning View: January 12, 2022

Announced this morning, the Consumer Price Index increased 0.5% in December, more than expected, and increased 7.0% on annual basis, maintaining high levels from recent months. Monthly prices for Used Cars and Trucks, up 3.5%, and Airline Fares, up 2.7%, were strong...


Quarterly Fixed Income Update

4th Quarter 2021 Fixed Income Review • Q4 fixed income markets experienced generally negative performance and Treasuries and most high credit quality indices were negative for the year • Inflation soared to levels not seen in twenty years due to disrupted supply...


Monthly Market Update

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...


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...


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...


4 New Year’s Resolutions to Grow Your Wealth

There is no better opportunity to improve your wealth management strategy than at the beginning of a year, and with 2022 underway now is the optimal time to evaluate your financial goals for this year and beyond. Of course, resolutions in January are often abandoned...


Success During Trying Times

Like most businesses, Argent Financial Group did not know what to expect when the COVID pandemic began almost two years ago. I certainly did not foresee us setting records for growth. Yet that is exactly what we did in both 2020 and 2021. As 2021 draws to a close,...


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