Some Common Cents for October 25th 2013

October 28, 2013, by John Norris

  Today is such a beautiful day in central Alabama, it is hard to imagine anything wrong in the world at all. There isn’t a cloud in the sky; the air is a little crisp with a slight breeze, and the leaves have only just started to change. It is the type of day which lets you know there are far more important things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophies....

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Some Common Cents for October 18 2013

October 21, 2013, by John Norris

  This month, the Federal Reserve introduce a new $100 note that was a decade in the making. By any measure, it is a impressive looking piece, even if it is starting to look increasingly like, um, foreign currency. Regardless, I think it safe to say the United States has never had such hi-tech paper currency.   In an article on finance.yahoo.com, Lisa Scherzer pointed out some of the new anti-counterfeiting details: “Two key security...

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Some Common Cents for October 4th 2013

October 7, 2013, by John Norris

This morning, a co-worker and I were having a conversation about the Federal government shutdown, and how that could be impacting investor confidence. He, I will call him, I don’t know, Jim Williams, asked me what I thought the single biggest concern of Oakworth clients is. To which I responded: “Jim, as an Oakworth associate, you are supposed to be taking care of our clients’ concerns for them. “ We both laughed, and he asked...

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John Norris: Shutdown’s real effect on the economy

, by John Norris

  Have you ever seen the movie “The Truman Show,” in which Jim Carey plays a character whose life has been the subject of an ongoing reality television program since his birth? He just doesn’t know it, and that is part of the show’s immense popularity. In fact, it is the primary reason. Everyone else, from viewers to the other people in Truman’s life, is in on the secret. For the full article As previously published...

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Some Common Cents for September 27th 2013

October 1, 2013, by John Norris

A co-worker recently told me I have been a little too pessimistic about the economy recently. While he hasn’t disagreed with anything I have written, he thought some good news every now and again would be most welcome. After all, there is only so much realism one person can take. So, here goes nothing. There is a one hundred trillion dollar banknote from the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe on my desk. I bought it this...

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