Argent Financial Group Appoints James Story as Senior Portfolio Manager

Leading independent wealth management firm, Argent Financial Group, announced today that James Story has joined Argent Trust Company as senior portfolio manager.

Based in Nashville, Story will be responsible for fixed income portfolio management of client portfolios, with an emphasis on institutional fixed income strategies. He will report directly to John McCollum, chief investment officer.

“We are excited to have James join our team,” McCollum said. “With more than 15 years of experience, James brings deep industry knowledge to this position and a passion for working with clients to meet their goals.”

Prior to joining Argent, Story was principal, senior fixed income portfolio manager at Barksdale Investment Management in Nashville, where he managed a team of investment professionals and was responsible for managing and growing assets. Story also served as vice president, financial institutions at Guggenheim Partners and vice president, private bank at J.P. Morgan Securities.

“I am excited to join the Nashville office and have the opportunity to work with the talented group of Argent professionals,” said Story. “I look forward to building upon the success Argent has achieved and continuing to grow our presence in this market.”

Story received his bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

About Argent Financial Group 

Argent Financial Group (Argent) is a leading, independent, fiduciary wealth management firm. Responsible for more than $39 billion in client assets, Argent provides individuals, families, businesses and institutions with a broad range of wealth management services, including trust and estate planning, investment management, retirement plan consulting, ESOPs, funeral and cemetery trusts, charitable organization administration, oil and gas (mineral) management and other unique financial services. Headquartered in Ruston, Louisiana, Argent was formed in 1990 and traces its roots back to 1930. For more information, visit

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