Some Common Cents for May 2nd 2014

May 2, 2014, by John Norris

Yesterday, Seattle mayor Ed Murray proposed a plan to raise the minimum wage in that city to $15/hour, to be phased in over 7 years, depending on the size of the company. Firms with greater than 500 employees, nationally, have 3 years to make it happen. Those that offer health insurance get another year, and firms smaller than 500 American employees get the full 7 years. After that, the powers that be will adjust the...

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Some Common Cents for April 18th 2014

April 22, 2014, by John Norris

A reader of my Montgomery Advertiser article wrote me this week to ask what was the cause behind the recent market volatility. Over the years, we have established a pretty good dialogue, so I was happy to hear from him. I was also happy to see in the email he had posed the same question to his financial advisor in New Jersey; a guy at a big firm, who would undoubtedly regurgitate the company line....

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Some Common Cents for April 11th 2014

April 14, 2014, by John Norris

If you have consumed any news or commentary, in just about any form of media, over the last several years, you have undoubtedly read something about inequality in the United States. You have heard or read about the 1%, and how this segment of the population makes all the money and has all the wealth in the country. You have also learned the gap between the rich and the poor is growing, in both absolute...

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Some Common Cents for April 4th 2014

April 7, 2014, by John Norris

Ah, the first Friday of the month. That can only mean one thing: the Employment Situation report. What will it tell us about the strength of the US economy? Are employers adding jobs, or cutting them? Is the American worker making more or less money than they were? Oh, the data embedded in the roughly 40 page report! And how the investment industry analyzes the stew out of it! Two words: good times. I don't...

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Oakworth Accounces Two New Promotions

March 26, 2014, by John Norris

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Oakworth Capital Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Adam W. Kirklin to Associate Managing Director –Wealth Management, and Jennifer C. Wilson to Associate Managing Director – Private Banking. Adam focuses on developing and managing wealth management relationships for high net worth individuals and families. His duties also include helping to formulate investment strategies, and developing services to help clients better manage their unique financial situation. Jennifer has over 15 years...

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Some Common Cents for March 7th 2014

March 10, 2014, by John Norris

This week, I have found the turmoil in the Ukraine and Crimea to be incredibly fascinating, probably more so than most people. After all, I have read a number of books about Russian history, specifically the later half of the 19th century up through the end of the Russian Civil War. A lot of it is brutal stuff, but there is one thread that seems to have permeated Russian history for, well, seemingly forever: miscalculations...

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Oakworth introduces its inaugural Birmingham Advisory Board

March 3, 2014, by John Norris

Oakworth Capital Bank  introduces its newly selected Birmingham Advisory Board. The Oakworth Birmingham Advisory Board is comprised of successful leaders of the Birmingham community that share Oakworth's Core Purpose of “Helping People Succeed" while demonstrating leadership through shared Core Values (Golden Rule; Character; Professional: Innovative/Creative & Work Ethic). The inaugural seven Advisory Board members are: Jay B. Brandrup, Principal, Kinetic Communications Jeffrey A. Brewer, Executive VP, Goodwyn Mills & Cawood Rebekah Elgin-Council, VP Marketing, Blue Cross Blue...

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Some Common Cents for February 28th 2014

March 3, 2014, by John Norris

People have asked my opinion about a lot of different things this week, and with so much going on in the world around us, I have had a hard time focusing on one issue. There are simply so many. So, I have decided to do something a little different this week, and throw a bunch of darts against the wall to see if any stick. Here goes nothing:  More...   The opinions expressed within this...

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Some Common Cents for February 21st 2014

February 21, 2014, by John Norris

The debate over increasing the minimum wage is gaining some momentum. At this point, I think some form of comeuppance, if you will, is certainly in the offing. The only question remaining is: to what? Will Washington raise it to the Administration’s preferred $10.10/hour, or will it be something less? If I were putting money down on the issue, I would take the under on this bet. The Republicans will cave on the larger issue,...

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February 11, 2014, by John Norris

This past Sunday was Groundhog Day. That night, I watched the remaining 30 minutes of the movie with the same name. If you have seen Groundhog Day,” you know it is a story about a lout who lives the same day, February 2nd, over and over until he gets “it right.” It is a pretty popular flick, which has entered the American English vernacular or slang. As Wikipedia aptly puts it: “The phrase "Groundhog Day"...

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