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Market Update -September 2023

Market Update -September 2023

The Month At-A-Glance The S&P 500 finished 1.6% lower during the month—its first negative month since February. A stronger US dollar took a bite out of foreign equity returns, with MSCI EAFE falling 3.8% and MSCI EM dropping 6.2%. To start the month, Fitch Ratings...

Market Update -September 2023

The Month At-A-Glance The S&P 500 finished 1.6% lower during the month—its first negative month since February. A stronger US dollar took a bite out of foreign equity returns, with MSCI EAFE falling 3.8% and MSCI EM dropping 6.2%. To start the month, Fitch Ratings...

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The Morning View: June 13, 2023

The Morning View: June 13, 2023

From our colleagues at our sister company, Argent Trust: Announced this morning, the Consumer Price Index increased 0.1% in May, as expected and three-tenths lower than the previous month. It grew 4.0% on an annual basis, retreating from the 4.9% annual level the...

The Morning View: June 13, 2023

The Morning View: June 9, 2023

From our colleagues at our sister company, Argent Trust: Announced this morning, Initial Jobless Claims were 261,000 for the week ending June 3rd, much higher than expected and a sizable increase from the previous week. Continuing Claims were 1,757,000 for the week...

The Morning View: June 13, 2023

The Morning View: June 2, 2023

From our colleagues at our sister company, Argent Trust: In this morning’s data, the economy added 339,000 jobs in May, again more than expected and the previous month was revised higher. The Health Care and Social Assistance industry and Government jobs were...

Market Update -September 2023

Market Update -June 2023

A Month At-A-Glance The S&P 500 managed a 0.4% gain despite concerns a deal might not be struck to increase the debt ceiling. The hype around artificial intelligence sent some growth stocks significantly higher. Market narrowness has reached historic levels—with a...

Retirement Times June 2023 Newsletter

Retirement Times June 2023 Newsletter

June 2023 This month's Retirement Times discusses the following: Customized Content Is Good Medicine for Retirement Readiness Closing the Auto-escalation Gap The Six Types of Fiduciaries in Retirement Plans You Need to Know Participant Corner - How Much is Enough?...

The Morning View: June 13, 2023

The Morning View: May 26, 2023

From our colleagues at our sister company, Argent Trust: Announced this morning, Personal Income grew 0.4% in April, as expected. Personal Spending grew 0.8% in April, much higher than expected and a strong rebound from the previous month. Real Personal Spending which...

Market Perspectives- May 2023

Market Perspectives- May 2023

Expectations Reset •  The FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) raised rates, potentially for the last time, to a Fed Funds range of 5-5.25%, the highest since September 2007. • Inflation levels are falling, with April’s Headline CPI dropping to 4.9% from the June 2022...

Reducing Equities in Asset Allocation Targets

Reducing Equities in Asset Allocation Targets

The Argent Allocation Strategy Committee recently decided to move to a slightly underweight position for equities in asset allocation targets. The decision considered the attractiveness of other asset classes relative to equities, mixed economic data, restrictive...

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