Is the American Dream dead?

December 14, 2015, by John Norris

This week, I read a headline stating nearly half of young Americans, ages 18 to 29, believe the proverbial American Dream is, well, dead. At least that is how some 48 percent of respondents replied to the following question in a Harvard survey: “For you personally, is the idea of the American Dream  alive or dead?" (Read the full article as previously published in the Montgomery Advertiser Sunday Dec 13th…) The opinions expressed within this report are...

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Some Common Cents for October 2nd 2015

October 2, 2015, by John Norris

I will be more than happy to see this week in the rearview mirror. After a great weekend seeing old friends at my 25th college reunion, I came back to a rusted out, or busted one, pipe in our walls. Since there wasn’t a good access point, we had to rip down a bunch of sheetrock to get to it. Also on Monday, my daughter’s car broke down, and, boy, wasn’t that a fun check...

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Why would the Fed raise interest rates now?

September 9, 2015, by John Norris

The markets have been all over the place, mostly bad, and everyone is still worried about the Fed raising interest rates. Why would it when everything looks as lousy as it does right now?   That is a great question. Do you have another one that would be easier to answer? (Read the full article as previously published in the Montgomery Advertiser Saturday Sept 5th…) The opinions expressed within this report are those of John Norris as...

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How worried should you be about the stock market?

August 27, 2015, by John Norris

The stock market has been acting crazy recently, mostly in a bad way. Should investors be worried, and why? When the S&P 500 fell apart from 2000 to 2002, in hindsight it was easy to see what had happened: due to Y2K and some easy money, investors put unrealistic growth assumptions on so-called “new economy” stocks. When everything went south in 2008, we knew it was because of problem loans and debt securities made out...

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Some Common Cents for Aug 14th 2015

August 14, 2015, by John Norris

This week, I read a column written by a man by the name of Cass Sunstein. This man is very much a political policy wonk, and let’s just say I don’t ordinarily agree with what he has to say, scratch the ordinarily. We simply have differing world views, and, you know, that is okay. However, I read differing opinions when digesting news, so I can have a better understanding of what other people think. In...

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Oakworth Capital Bank to merge with Montgomery based AlaTrust Inc.

June 3, 2015, by John Norris

Oakworth Capital Inc., the parent company of Birmingham's Oakworth Capital Bank, has signed an agreement to acquire Montgomery's AlaTrust Inc. AlaTrust, an independent, state-chartered trust company that provides a range of wealth management services, will become part of Oakworth Capital Bank and operate under its existing management team. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter. The deal must be approved by AlaTrust shareholders and...

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Oakworth Capital Bank named 3rd healthiest bank in the U.S.

May 28, 2015, by John Norris

DepositAccounts.com, one of the largest online consumer banking publications in the country, recently released its annual list of the Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America. Birmingham’s Oakworth Capital Bank ranked 3rd out of the 6,998 federally insured banks evaluated by the publication.

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Oakworth Capital Bank makes list of healthiest banks in the country

March 31, 2015, by Shelley deClerk

Based on an analysis of data from more than 6,500 banks across the country, Sageworks, a financial information company, identified the healthiest banks in the United States by their Texas Ratio. Only one Alabama bank made the list, as Birmingham's Oakworth Capital Bank received a zero ranking - the best possible score in the Texas Ratio measurement.

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Congrats to Oakworth! 2nd Year Nomination for Birmingham Best Places to Work

March 18, 2015, by John Norris

The Birmingham Business Journal has unveiled the finalists in the midsize employers category in its 2015 Best Places to Work....Read Full Article...

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Oakworth Continues to Receive Highest National Ratings

December 22, 2014, by John Norris

Oakworth Capital Bank continues to receive the highest national rankings for safety and soundness. Please see link for detailed information: OCB Bank Ratings Dec 2014

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