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Reflections - Musings by Argent Staff by Ken Alderman, March, 2017 One thing we can say for sure is that the political drama in Washington is definitely not boring. This month the long awaited “Repeal and Replace” of the Affordable Care Act...


Plan B

By Byron Moore, posted March 20, 2017 Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, March 19, 2017. Q: I always thought my career would go in a certain direction. But now my industry is changing and the work I always saw myself doing is...


When Parents Plan Ahead, the Children Win

By Timothy Barrett, Senior Vice President Consult the Experts: Financial Edition runs in Louisville Business First Our clients ask us most often how to protect the wealth they have earned from their own children’s poor planning or misfortune. We recommend a Trust to...


Think Local for Charities, Too

Local charities deliver essential goods, therapies, counseling, refuge and support to needful members of our community. Many local organizations benefit from charitable gifts and volunteerism because a particular need is featured in the news or online. Giving USA...


Understanding Money

Money Matters (February 2017) By Chuck Dudley   EARNING AND SPENDING MONEY First, an admission. This newsletter is one from the archives, probably from the second year of my writing around 1998 or so. Sometimes it's good to revisit some of the tried and true...


Career path – not so different from school years

By Byron Moore, posted January 30, 2017 Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Q: I am just getting started in my career. I want to make sure I’m doing the right things so that I can be taken seriously and maximize...


Do you have an advisor or a salesman?

By Byron Moore, posted January 19, 2017 The following segment first aired on KEDM 90.3. Our financial system allows for both brokers and advisors, probably because both have useful (if different) roles to play. Just make sure you know which one you’ve got and which...


Should I co-sign my grandchild’s college loan?

Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Q: My granddaughter has been through a lot. Her parents divorced and she has struggled in school. She wants to go to college, but neither parent has enough money to send her....


401K plans – route to a rosy retirement?

Originally published in the News Star and the Shreveport Times on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Q: I’ve been at my new job for enough time that I can now participate in my company’s 401K plan. I’ve heard mixed messages about these things. But if I don’t do a 401K plan,...


Find Your Path

Money Matters (January 2017) By Chuck Dudley   I DO LISTEN IN CHURCH!! During the Advent season this year, our pastor, David Moseley, talked about 'Finding Your Path' this year. Made a lot of sense to me. And I always need reminding. As an old year passes, and a...


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