Banking and Finance

Equities: Five Wealth Managers Weigh the Market

Top wealth managers at Alabama banks recommend stocks for client portfolios because of stocks’ long-term growth potential. While equities are just one investment option...

Credit Unions Contribute to Solid Growth Throughout the Downturn

After adding 40, 000 newcomers in 2013, Alabama’s credit unions now have 1.9 million members — more than they’ve ever had. Since 2008, during...

Crime Watch Accounting

Inside the offices at Forensic Strategic Solutions Inc., in Birmingham, Ralph Summerford and his team of accountants gather in front of the large whiteboard...

Small Bank Competitiveness Following Financial Reforms

Well into the first quarter of this year, Alabama banks are grappling with a continuing slow economy and a barrage of regulations rising from...

Bank Merger of 2012: Causes and Effects

Given the timing of the 2012 merger between the Alabama Bankers Association and Community Bankers Association, it’s no wonder a state banking veteran said...

Currency Wars and Bursting Bubbles

Mark Thornton is an economist with the Ludwig von Mises Institute, headquartered in Auburn (but not a part of Auburn University). The institute is...

Headlines Review of 2013

JANUARY 2013Philly Fed predicts economic gains Transocean agrees to $1.4 billion payout BP agrees to $4 billion criminal fine Russell Brands announces layoffs ...

Who’s Your Fiduciary? Who’s Your Daddy?

When it comes to our hard-earned cash, we’re more on the ball and have a tighter grip on our financial future since the Great...

The Looming Correction Blues

With bonds and cash barely showing a pulse when it comes to interest rates, investors may be timidly strolling back down Wall Street, trying...

Serial Local Bank Builder

ServisFirst Bank President and CEO Tom Broughton seems nonchalant as he fields questions about goals and strategic planning. “We’ve never had goals … but...

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