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Kirk McDonald, CFA

Portfolio Manager & Senior Research Analyst, Quantitative

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Kirk, with an engineer’s mindset honed as a pilot after graduation from the Air Force Academy, leverages his expertise in quantitative research to lead Argent’s quantitative screening and risk management efforts across all of our strategies. As Portfolio Manager of the Mid Cap Equity and SMID Cap strategies, Kirk manages client portfolios and plays a key role in investment decisions. He developed and Argent began marketing the Argent Mid Cap strategy in March 2014. He performs primary market research, focusing his analysis across the universe of mid-capitalization stocks.

Kirk, a Chartered Financial Analyst, has 22 years of experience in the industry. Prior to joining Argent in 2011, he was a portfolio manager for Fiduciary Asset Management LLC (FAMCO). His background also includes serving as a senior consultant for Arthur Andersen and as mentioned previously, serving as a pilot in the United States Air Force.

He is a member of the Chicago Quantitative Alliance and co-founder and past president of the St. Louis Chapter of the United States Air Force Academy Association of Graduates. In addition, Kirk is active in the community, volunteering as a committee member for the annual Memorial Day Remembrance at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, a volunteer mentor for the SOAR into STEM program at Wings of Hope, and he is also a member of the CQA Investment Challenge, serving as a mentor to a team of students at Webster University.

Kirk earned a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. Kirk earned a CFA designation and is a member of the CFA Institute and the St. Louis Financial Analysts Society.