Banking and Finance

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...

A Company Thinks Money

OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS In 1978, Mobil Oil went on a bit of fishing expedition in the waters off of Alabama’s Gulf Coast. In the...

Branch Banks

Are branch banks becoming an endangered species? Soon to rest in peace with downtown movie theaters, record shops, video rental stores and gas stations...

Public Money for Banks Only?

Local governments, schools boards, utilities and other public agencies, working to stretch their budgets as the economy struggles, are looking beyond their banks to...

Sasser with Credit Unions

When Glenn Sasser applied for a $25, 000 small business loan from his bank, he had already spent nearly a decade running his company,...

Number One Tax Tip for 2013 — Put your tax advisers on speed dial

With lawmakers burning the New Year’s Eve oil to finalize tax laws,  Business Alabama has gone to tax advisers and experts for their...

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