Musings & Insights

Some Quick & Easy Common Cents for May 18th

May 18, 2018, by John Norris

There is an old expression: “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” We all know this, and have all forgotten it at least once in our lives. Something for nothing (or with very little effort) is powerful catnip indeed, even if we all know there really aren’t many good substitutes for hard work, preparation, and a willingness to fail. This is what makes the recent economic data somewhat concerning to me....

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A Small (and Short) Amount of Common Cents for May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018, by John Norris

This past Monday afternoon, I told a group of Oakworth associates the major stories this week would be the FOMC meeting/statement on Wednesday and today’s Employment Situation report. Although neither so-called big event was terribly surprising, sometimes simply ‘getting it over with,’ whatever it may be, is more important than anything else. As I type here on Friday, May 04, 2018, much is as it was and has been for a while. The Fed will...

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Common Cents (?) on the 2018 Governor’s Race

April 20, 2018, by John Norris

First things first…we hope to have our ‘podcast,’ for lack of a better term, fully operational by the end of June (if not a little sooner). As with most things in life, the devil is in the details if you want to do things correctly, which we do. I WILL say, the microphone I ordered is one of the higher rated for ‘podcasts,’ and the sound quality is phenomenal. So, stay tuned….bad pun, I know....

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Oakworth in the Community

April 19, 2018, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

On March 13th 2018, Oakworth Capital Bank associate, Sarah Singleton, led a group of Oakworth team members in assisting the Birmingham Education Foundation to facilitate a program called Educate Local.  The Birmingham Education Foundation, a non-profit 501c3, is dedicated to increasing the number of students in the Birmingham City school system that graduate from college and are career ready upon high school graduation.  Educate Local, an interlocking web of direct-programming for high school students, is focused...

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Common Cents for Friday the 13th (April 2018)

April 13, 2018, by John Norris

Yesterday, a co-worker told me they really like my weekly newsletter. They complimented me on my alleged ability to make boring economic commentary slightly less boring (at least I think they meant it as a compliment). However, they also told me the following: “I don’t read it every week like I did in the past…it has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with how I now consume news. I like to listen...

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Dear John

April 12, 2018, by John Norris

Chief Economist, John Norris, answers the most commonly asked questions of the first quarter of the year. Q:  Dear John, President Trump has recently been publicly attacking Amazon. What does this mean for the company? What could it mean for the economy? A:  Amazon is the posterchild for the nation’s changing retail landscape, but it is unfair to blame it for the problems at the post office and the so-called retail apocalypse. Just about every...

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1st Quarter Economic Update from John Norris

, by John Norris

The roller coaster ride in the markets we predicted for 2017 finally happened during the 1st Quarter of 2018. So which is the more appropriate? The easy money of January or the tribulations of February and March? What if the answer is neither? As I have told just about anyone who will listen, there is nothing in the economic data, tea leaves, or crystal ball to suggest a noticeable slowdown in the economy is imminent....

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Travel Tips

March 19, 2018, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

Trent Green is our special guest giving our clients some great tips for spring and summer travel.  Trent is Oakworth's Managing Director, Treasury Management. Travel Tips Ah, Spring time…..warmer temps, pollen in the air and the beginning of travel season. Every year, March and April kick off an extended travel season for many of our clients. Whether that travel sends you to the beach, the lake, the mountains, the islands or overseas, the one constant...

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Introducing SecurLOCK Equip™

March 5, 2018, by Lindsey Owens Krausen

SecurLOCK Equip Debit Card Controls SecurLOCK Equip is an easy-to-use mobile app that puts the power to protect your debit cards in your hands.  Simply use the app to turn your card on or off in real time as needed. Or customize your card by setting permissions. SecurLOCK Equip features: Set up transaction alerts Control where your card can be used Turn your card off and on Set Merchant locations View recent transactions Here's how it works. Left...

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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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