Thought Leadership Archive

Economic State of Affairs

In this presentation, Chief Economist John Norris discusses the current state of affairs in relation to the economy and potential future moved by the Fed that may impact business operations and success.  This presentation is hosted…

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Common Cents & Weird Data

There you have it. Another week of weird economic data and head-scratching headlines is in the books. For the past couple of years, people have talked about the “New Normal.” If what we are living through…

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Common Cents & A Recession?

This week, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) announced the US economy (GDP) contracted 0.6% during the second quarter of 2022 (2Q). 2Q GDP. This was the second consecutive quarter of economic contraction, as least as…

Common Cents & Heat Waves

The rally in the stock markets thus far in July has been a long time coming. While we haven’t mopped up all of the red ink from the first half of the year, this respite from…

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Common Cents & Football Season

In Alabama, the college football season officially starts September 3rd. On that Saturday, Auburn takes on Mercer, and Alabama squares off against Utah State. I can hardly wait. Hey, don’t get me wrong — I am…

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Common Cents & Stop It

There was no shortage of news this week. From the resignation of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the better than expected Employment Situation for June…

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Common Cents & Good News

When Georgia won the national championship, we all should have known 2022 was going to be a rocky year. Sure, that might be spurious correlation, and it is; however, the country seems to have staggered from…

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Common Cents & Mosaics

With the exception of Mondays, our investment committee holds a conference call for Oakworth associates every morning. Before each member of our committee shares their thoughts on the economy and markets, I ask them to “give…