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A young Market Analyst gives a seasoned Chief Economist a fresh perspective on the driving factors that influence our economy. Trading Perspectives is brought to you by Oakworth Capital Bank. https://www.oakworthcapital.com/ tradingperspectives@oakworthcapital.com
 
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With the rarely mentioned Repo market showing signs of stress, and the Federal Reserve being forced to pump more cash into the market, is the Fed losing control of monetary policy? Is the national debt maybe a bigger issue than we previously thought?By Chief Economist, John Norris & Market Analyst, Sam Clement.
 
Last week, California signed the Fair Pay to Play Act into law, a bill permitting college athletes in the state to hire agents and be paid for endorsements. The law is scheduled to take effect in 2023. If passed, how could it effect smaller programs? Will this law draw all the most talented athletes to California state schools, in turn forcing ...…
 
With Juul gaining more notoriety as of late, John and Sam discuss what it would take for companies to change their core businesses. Will investors be willing to carve companies like Altria, one of Juul's major investors, out of their portfolios? If the S&P would return 8% with those types of companies in it, or only 7% without it, would a major ...…
 
Last week 8 drones attacked the Aramco oil fields in Saudi Arabia, ultimately causing increased tensions in the middle east. The attacks took out 50% of Saudi Arabia’s oil production and 5% of the worlds global output. Crude oil, which is used for more than just gasoline, remains a controversial topic in the US as many American’s want to stop o ...…
 
There has been something strange about recent weather patterns. Temperatures have been unusually high, even for those of us accustomed to them. It’s not surprising when you consider 7.7 billion people, requiring food to eat, water to drink, clothes and shoes to wear, and a cool, dry place to live will consume a lot of natural resources around t ...…
 
Last week, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, said that it’s only a matter of time before negative interest rates spread to the United States. In this episode of Trading Perspectives John and Sam talk about why much of Europe has negative interest rates and what would need to change for that to happen here. If American risk ...…
 
Throughout history, empires have come and gone, but they have all had some common characteristics. The American empire is a little different. This week John and Sam discuss economic growth of countries and how the US empire works on a financial and economic basis. How does the US fit into Global GDP historically? What role has the United States ...…
 
How strong is America’s economy? That really depends on who you ask. Since the Roosevelt administration, the most widely used measure of economic strength is in terms of GDP. Gross Domestic Product. This week, John and Sam compare GDP to lesser known measure called Gross National Happiness. Is GDP still the most accurate way to measure the heal ...…
 
In this week’s episode of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam talk about an article written by Bloomberg columnist Noah Smith titled “It’s Gotten Too Hard to Strike it Rich In America”. The article suggests that big companies, institutional investors, tight lending standards and degree requirements make it tougher for the average American to ach ...…
 
In this episode John and Sam talk about the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio and the effect the tragic events will have on an already unsettled market. Do major events effect the market? How have local and global markets responded in the past? Lastly, how much pressure will the GOP have to implement meaningful gun reform?…
 
For the first time in over a decade the Federal Open Market Committee, the monetary policy making arm of the Federal Reserve, cut the overnight lending target by 0.25% to an effective range of 2.00-2.25%. This week John and Sam breakdown the statement from the FOMC. Why now and is it even necessary? Should we expect to see another rate cut in t ...…
 
Last week, the European Central Bank decided to keep interest rates below zero and president Mario Draghi hinted at cutting the rate even more. This week, John and Sam explain negative interest rates. How do they work and who would buy a security that is guaranteed to lose money? How will it affect the U.S?…
 
Last week, Netflix announced its most recent quarterly earnings and needless to say, the markets aren’t happy. Earnings per share was down, user growth was less than expected and the number of US subscribers decreased by over 100,000 users. In this week’s episode of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam talk about how the nature of television is c ...…
 
This week, John and Sam talk about the recent rise in the price of Bitcoin. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are back in the spotlight since Facebook announced the launch of the Libra, it’s own form of cryptocurrency. Why are cryptocurrencies back on the rise after what happened in 2018? Where is the value in Bitcoin coming from? Currently cr ...…
 
Last week, President Trump named Judy Shelton, a long-time advocate of the gold standard, as his latest pick for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board. The US abandoned the gold standard in 1971 under the Nixon administration and many feel bringing it back would be devastating to the US economy. On the flip side, some believe it would make the US ...…
 
Student loan forgiveness could very well become a major part of the democratic platform in 2020. This week, John and Sam explain the scope of the problem behind student loan debt and how it came about. Before we make a decision to eliminate student loan debt, we need to understand where we started and who is at fault for the student loan debt c ...…
 
Episode 44 of Trading Perspectives features special guest Scott Reed, Senior Managing Director of Oakworth Capital Bank. As Bernie Sanders and many left leaning politicians are making a push to break up big banks, John and Scott discuss how the role of banks has changed over recent decades. How has technology impacted the way people bank? Will ...…
 
Amidst the rising tensions with Iran, John and Sam talk about US military involvement in episode 43 of Trading Perspectives. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo says Iran was behind last week’s attack on oil tankers and the US is ready to take action if necessary. What exactly does that look like in today’s world? Is it fair to risk the lives of yo ...…
 
Last Wednesday, Bernie Sanders traveled to Walmart’s annual shareholders meeting to demand that Walmart increase wages to $15/hr. In episode 42, John and Sam talk about the effect that would have on employers in areas that are not as wealthy as San Francisco and New York. If employee related costs went up, would employers hire less people? Woul ...…
 
In episode 41 of Trading Perspectives John and Sam talk about Bernie Sanders and his campaign to decrease pharmaceutical prices. Is it really that easy to slash prices like Sanders says? What would the average American have to do to see a decrease in prices? There are two options. Decrease demand or increase supply.…
 
In episode 40 of Trading Perspectives John and Sam talk about the ballooning budget deficits and the ability to pay back the debt. With the United States still being the dominant economy, and its debt still desirable, the question remains how long can that last and should we be worried?By Chief Economist, John Norris & Market Analyst, Sam Clement.
 
Ticket prices for the PGA Championship Tour were down this year and turn style attendance at baseball games is proving to be on a down hill trend. Even college athletics, the MLB and the NFL are reporting fewer people in attendance. What impact will this have on local economies? This week, John and Sam talk about how technology is effecting the ...…
 
This week John and Sam talk about the sacrifices they are willing to make when it comes to climate change. With meat free items emerging in the fast food industry, investors responded well to the IPO from Beyond Meat, the plant-based meat provider, earlier this month. Setting stock price aside, would you be willing to trade that Big Mac for the ...…
 
In episode 37 of Trading Perspectives John and Sam talk about Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman, and the economics behind “Varsity Blues”. On April 4, 2019, Caitlin Flanagan wrote an article in The Atlantic titled “They Had It Coming”. The article suggests that the parents involved in the scandal were responding to a changing America and upset th ...…
 
In episode 36 of Trading Perspectives John and Sam discuss the generational differences in the perception of retirement. Statistics show the average age of retirement has been consistently on the rise since the 1980s. More and more people are continuing to work well into their late 60s and even 70s. According to younger generations, people no l ...…
 
Episode 35 of Trading Perspectives features another special guest, Lincoln Lee Hammons from Mobile, Alabama. In addition to his role as Managing Director for Oakworth Capital Bank, Lee is a bourbon connoisseur. In this week’s episode, John and Sam get the 411 on all things bourbon. How did it get to be so popular at business events? In the past ...…
 
On Wednesday, April 10, 7 CEOs from big banks attended the House Financial Service Committee’s hearing titled “Holding Megabanks Accountable: A Review of Global Systemically Important Banks 10 Years After the Financial Crisis.” In addition to policy questions, many members of congress took the hearing as an opportunity to ask some hard-hitting ...…
 
In episode 33 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam debate the future of college tuitions and the value of education. Over the last few decades we have continued to watch college tuition sky rocket. Now, specialized education is becoming more mainstream and countries like India and South Korea are sending fewer students to American colleges. Ha ...…
 
Generally speaking, the women’s US Soccer Team performs significantly better than the men’s team. So why would the men continue to be compensated at much higher rate? In this episode John and Sam peel back the layers of the economic onion and dig into how compensation is calculated. Are women really compensated at a lower rate? If so, how will ...…
 
Episode 31 of Trading Perspectives, features another special guest, David McGrath. Being part of a true Irish family primarily residing in Ireland, David provides his personal perspective on the effects of Brexit. Currently David resides in Mobile, AL and is responsible for developing and managing wealth management relationships in South Alabam ...…
 
This week’s episode of Trading Perspectives features special guest Dave Driscoll. Dave is Oakworth Capital Bank’s Chief Technology Officer and an expert on artificial intelligence. We’ve all heard of Siri and Alexa, but AI is much larger than that. So, what exactly is AI? How long has it been around and what are the risks associated with it?…
 
In episode 29 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam talk about Universal Basic Income. Universal = everyone. Basic = base or floor amount. Income = money from the government. As the name implies, UBI is a predetermined amount of money the government gives to each individual regardless of their ability or even willingness to work. Who wouldn’t l ...…
 
This week John and Sam focus on the book “Why Nations Fail” written by: Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson. Originally published in 2012, the authors argue that the key differentiator between successful and unsuccessful countries is their inclusive institution, suggesting that countries fail when they become extractive and power becomes concentr ...…
 
We all know that Oscar Mayer has a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A, but what about healthier products? Investors were thrown for a loop on Thursday as Kraft Heinz announced that they would be impairing $15B in good will on a number of brands, most notably Kraft and Oscar Mayer. Now the company’s strategy is in question and many are left wondering what w ...…
 
As legalization becomes more and more accepted in some states, many people are becoming interested in pot stocks. In this week’s episode John and Sam discuss the likelihood of our nation’s overall acceptance of Marijuana. Are pot stocks a good investment? What is the difference between decriminalization and legalization? Which one would have a ...…
 
On February 7, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others in the democratic party introduced the Green New Deal. Aimed to increase economic equality and climate change, the GND will require drastic changes. This week John and Sam argue the reality of the deal and whether it is economically sound. How will it affect real estate? How will it affect indi ...…
 
In the oil-rich country of Venezuela the battle for presidency continues. Once the wealthiest country in Latin America, the severe humanitarian crisis, caused by the United Socialist party of Venezuela, has forced millions of people to flee overseas in an effort to escape starvation, medicinal shortages, and hyperinflation. Given the current ec ...…
 
In episode 23 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam focus on a short story called Harrison Bergeron, published in 1961 by Kurt Vonnegut. In this story everyone is equal and everything is fair. Although unfortunate, not everyone is created equal in terms of economic capability. As today’s media outlets continue to talk about reducing inequalitie ...…
 
This week, John and Sam talk about negative interest rates in Europe. Negative interest rates generally occur during harsh economic times when a country’s central bank is forced to utilize the monetary policy tool. Simply put, the lender pays the borrower in order to stimulate economic growth. What exactly does that mean and what does it have t ...…
 
In episode 21 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam make specific predictions about everything from the government shut down to sports. This past year we heard a lot about GDP, federal rate hikes, Brexit, etc. What can we expect in 2019? What factors will have the greatest impact on our economy? And how long will the shut down last?…
 
Trading perspectives is back! After a crazy end to 2018, John and Sam pick up where they left off with episode 20. In this episode they discuss the first week of the new year and the continuing volatility in the markets. What can we expect to see in 2019 and when will the volatility begin to subside?…
 
In episode 19 of Trading Perspectives John and Sam discuss the overall dissatisfaction with G7 political leaders. Although this issue doesn’t receive much media coverage, America is not alone in feeling a lack of confidence toward our leaders. How much of this dissatisfaction is driven by technology? Is our ability to easily share opinions thro ...…
 
In episode 18 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam discuss the recent market volatility and the potential reasons for it. You have all heard the talk about trade wars, immigrant caravans, Brexit, and a whole host of other excuses. Could there be a bigger issue? Could it be that it has been so long since we haven’t had our foot on the gas we do ...…
 
Roll Tide Roll and gross domestic product. With Alabama playing in the SEC Championship over the weekend, episode 17 of Trading Perspectives focuses on the impact college football has on the economy, especially in the state of Alabama. Does the investment we make in our teams of choice effect more than our own entertainment? Does overall spendi ...…
 
In episode 16 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam discuss raising minimum wage, a topic that has been debated for years. Based on recent studies by the US Census Bureau, many states have decided to pay a minimum wage of $15.00/hr instead of the federal rate of $7.25. Would a higher minimum wage be good for the economy overall?…
 
In episode 15 of Trading Perspectives John and Sam talk about the biggest shopping day of the year known as Black Friday. Where did the term Black Friday come from? Is it still as relevant to consumers and how does it compare to Cyber Monday?By Chief Economist, John Norris & Market Analyst, Sam Clement.
 
In episode 14 of Trading Perspectives, local business owner, Bew White, talks to John and Sam about what it’s like to be the largest importer in the state of Alabama during the trade war. Mr. White is the owner of outdoor furniture company, Summer Classics, and imports products from China on a regular basis. How are the tariffs impacting his bo ...…
 
With the Mid-Term Elections less than 24 hours away, John and Sam discuss a variety of different outcomes and the possible impact on the economy in 2019. Will the democrats take the house as predicted in the polls? Find out what John and Sam are predicting in this week’s episode of Trading Perspectives.…
 
When the Mega Millions lottery hit a world record high at $1.6 billion, many people, including host John Norris, rushed out to buy tickets in hopes that they could be the next lucky winner. In episode 12 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam debate over buying lottery tickets. Is it support for a good cause, good for the economy, or a flat-out ...…
 
Given the recent volatility in the market, many people are expressing a growing concern for the future of the global economy. Between the midterm elections, rising interest rates, trade wars and the federal reserve many are left wondering what will have the largest impact. In episode 11 of Trading Perspectives, John and Sam talk about the areas ...…
 
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