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Markets – March 2019

A panoply of investors hope that the Fed’s dovish policy guidance could successfully affect a soft landing and PM Theresa May’s newest plan would eliminate the risk of a near-term no-deal Brexit. Also, a January spike in Chinese credit would cause growth to inflect and President Trump’s direct involvement in China talks would lead to a trade agreement combined to facilitate a continuation of January’s positive momentum for risk assets.

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Markets – February 2019

Markets staged a rare broad-based, V-shaped recovery from the deep December sell-off. Following a remarkably strong employment report and Fed guidance that surpassed even the most dovish expectations, equity investors quickly reversed their assessment of the risks U.S. recession and a Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) tightening overshoot. The hard data of moderating U.S. growth in the face of deteriorating conditions overseas merely confirmed pre-existing trends. Optimism that worst-case outcomes would be avoided with respect to Brexit and the U.S./China trade war contributed to the risk-on sentiment. Credit markets were the natural beneficiary of the renewed optimism: an 18% bounce in crude oil prices, and stable benchmark-Treasury yields with the high-yield market having its best month since 2011.

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Markets – January 2019

Global equity markets experienced their worst December in more than 50 years, with losses of more than 7%. Investors lost confidence that U.S. growth would remain resilient in the face of the continued slowdown in the rest of the global economy.

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Sentinel Trust Announces New CEO

HOUSTON, Dec 21, 2018 — Sentinel Trust Company, LBA, one of the nation’s leading boutique wealth management firms and multi-family offices, announced today that Lissa S. Gangjee, JD, CFP®, has been named Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2019. Ms. Gangjee will retain her current title of President and also join the company’s Board of…

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Sentinel Trust Announces Senior Officer Promotions

HOUSTON, Dec 20, 2018 — Sentinel Trust Company, LBA, one of the nation’s leading boutique wealth management firms and multi-family offices, is pleased to announce senior officer promotions: Dennis A. Montz, MBA, CFA, CAIA is promoted to Managing Director, Director of Private Investments. Helen Qu, MBA, CFA, CPA, CAIA is promoted to Senior Vice President,…

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Markets – December 2018

In the aftermath of October’s equity collapse, a nearly-two standard deviation outcome, November produced modestly positive equity returns of 1.5% after a late-month rally. The rally was spurred by dovish Federal Reserve Board (Fed) commentary on November 28, benign U.S. economic news and hopes for a temporary U.S./China trade truce. Despite the positive returns, risk assets failed to stabilize, with volatility remaining at elevated levels.

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Markets – November 2018

The realization that the Fed was serious about maintaining its path of ongoing rate hikes amidst increasing concerns over growth that was peaking in the U.S. and slowing overseas proved deadly for both equities and Treasuries in October.

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Sentinel Trust Chief Fiduciary Officer Leslie Kiefer Amann, JD Elected to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)

HOUSTON, Nov. 15, 2018 — Sentinel Trust Company, LBA, one of the nation’s leading boutique wealth management firms and multi-family offices, is pleased to congratulate Chief Fiduciary Officer Leslie Kiefer Amann, JD, on her election as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). As Sentinel Trust’s Chief Fiduciary Officer, Leslie…

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Markets – October 2018

Global equities finished the month modestly higher at +0.2%. Unexpectedly strong U.S. growth numbers (but without growing inflation pressures) allowed U.S. equities to hold their value despite a sharp pick-up in interest rates.

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Sentinel Trust Announces Officer Promotions

We are pleased to announce several officer promotions: Phyllis L. Joe, JD, LLM, Client Relationship Officer, is promoted to Vice President, Lead Wealth Planner. Phyllis holds an LLM in Taxation and has achieved Board Certification in Estate Planning and Probate Law. In her new role, Phyllis will advise on sophisticated estate and wealth planning strategies…

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