Some Common Cents for April 29th 2016

April 29, 2016, by John Norris

Back in the day, many pop songs were basically poems set to music. The industry referred to artists making this type of music as singer/songwriters. It didn’t matter how bad the prose actually was, as long as the tune was catchy. Having Ray Manzarek on the keyboards was certainly a bonus, and fans of The Doors know what I mean. In my opinion, one of the better examples of this type of music was/is a...

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Too big to fail…

April 28, 2016, by John Norris

When I got into the financial services industry 25 years ago, banks were still pretty cool, and a preferred employer for many. What’s more, in Baltimore, where I started my career, it was even more hip to have previously worked at a failed S&L. Trust me, I knew plenty of folks who actually bragged about having done so, and wore it as some sort of weird badge of honor. My how times have changed...Read On...(Read...

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Announcing additions to our Birmingham Advisory Board

April 25, 2016, by Shelley deClerk

We are pleased to announce additions to our Birmingham Advisory Board: Mark Gregory Raymond Harbert, Jr. Adam McClain Maziar Rasulnia Our Advisory Boards are comprised of successful leaders from across the state that share Oakworth Capital’s core purpose of “Helping People Succeed” while demonstrating leadership through shared core values (Golden Rule, Character, Professional, Innovative/Creative, Work Ethic). We are honored to partner with these individuals and the community they represent.

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Announcing our Inaugural Mobile Advisory Board

, by Shelley deClerk

We are pleased to announce our inaugural Mobile Advisory Board: Michael Delaney Sandy Myers Peter d’Olive Mike Rogers Charles Wilson, MD Tal Vickers Our Advisory Boards are comprised of successful leaders from across the state that share Oakworth Capital’s core purpose of “Helping People Succeed” while demonstrating leadership through shared core values (Golden Rule, Character, Professional, Innovative/Creative, Work Ethic). We are honored to partner with these individuals and the community they represent.

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Announcing our Inaugural Montgomery Advisory Board

, by Shelley deClerk

We are pleased to announce our inaugural Montgomery Advisory Board: Katrina Belt Alex Carothers Bill Hardgrave Susan Harris Hank Hutchinson Don Rickard Clark Sahlie Our Advisory Boards are comprised of successful leaders from across the state that share Oakworth Capital’s core purpose of “Helping People Succeed” while demonstrating leadership through shared core values (Golden Rule, Character, Professional, Innovative/Creative, Work Ethic). We are honored to partner with these individuals and the community they represent.

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Some Common Cents for April 22nd 2016

, by John Norris

This past Wednesday, my teenage son asked me if I had heard the news about the redesign of the $20 bill, and I simply responded: “yes, I have.” His facial expression suggested he was expecting something more insightful or thought provoking than my three words, so I threw the ball back in his corner: “What do you think about it son?” His response was not terribly nuanced or politically correct, even if it was spot...

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Minimum wage not one-size-fits-all

April 19, 2016, by John Norris

A client recently asked me whether I thought minimum wage would be a heated campaign topic once the primaries were finished. I said I was scared it would be, but hoped that it wouldn’t. My reasoning is simple: A one size fits all federal minimum wage just doesn’t make sense. Let me ask you a question: What do Westport, Connecticut, and Camden, Alabama, have in common? Nothing really, but they do have the same mandated federal minimum...

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John Norris: The chip on Alabama’s shoulder

April 13, 2016, by John Norris

Like many Alabamians, I have recently read an embarrassing number of articles about the mess involving Gov. Robert Bentley. While many of the stories are mostly factual, there is no small amount of gallows humor out there, as well as articles along the lines of: “What outsiders are saying about Alabama.” Having gone to college in the Carolinas for four years and lived in Maryland for roughly another five after that, I can answer that last part...

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Some Common Cents for April 8th 2016

April 8, 2016, by John Norris

Last week, the family and I took a few days off, and went to Kiawah Island off the coast of South Carolina. It is roughly 30 minutes away from Charleston, so those are the newspapers available in the grocery and convenience stores. On Saturday morning, I picked up a copy of the New York Times and the free rag on the local entertainment scene. In the back of the latter, there were any number of...

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