Common Cents for February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018, by John Norris

Section I Recently, the markets have been all aflutter about the potential for inflation. While we all know the definition of inflation, what does it mean? For me, my baseline is the double-digits of the Carter Administration years. However, I will be 50 in a few months, and am older than the vast majority of the folks physically sitting at trading desks/stations around the world who move the real money on the matter. To them,...

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Common Cents for February 9, 2018

February 9, 2018, by John Norris

Section I We have all heard the old adage “don’t put all of your eggs in one basket,” and instinctively know what it means. In the investment industry, we have a fancy name for this particular old saw: diversification. You buy a few shares of this, a couple more of that, and a fistful of ‘those over there’ to hopefully ensure you have something going up when the markets rally AND that not everything ends...

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Oakworth Capital Bank Promotes Bill Pitts to Market Leader for Central Alabama Region

February 7, 2018, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

Oakworth Capital Bank has announced that William “Bill” Pitts will assume the position of Market Leader for the Central Alabama region, which includes Birmingham and the surrounding areas.  Since joining Oakworth, Mr. Pitts has contributed significantly to expand Oakworth’s market share for banking and wealth management, and continues to be recognized as an industry and civic leader within the community.  Mr. Pitts joined Oakworth in October of 2015 after 30 years in the financial industry. ...

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A Quick Note About the Recent Sell Off

February 6, 2018, by John Norris

Is it time to panic? Unless you really don't digest any financial news, you know the stock market has been taken a beating over the last several trading sessions, a bad one. The last hour or so of trading yesterday was about as painful as it gets, almost begging the question: is this 2008 all over again? As I type this, I would answer that question pretty emphatically no. However, that doesn't mean the markets...

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Common Cents on an Ugly Day in the Markets – Groundhog Day 2018

February 2, 2018, by John Norris

Section I This morning, a client asked me whether I was nervous about the markets, particularly after the way they have behaved over the last week. He pointed out, correctly at the time, stocks were taking it on the chin here on Groundhog Day after a better than expected Employment Situation report. After all, this all but ensures the Federal Reserve will raise the overnight lending target at next month’s FOMC meeting, right? As the...

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