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Trading Perspectives: An Economic Podcast

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In this podcast, John, Courtney & Sam exchange perspectives on current events that are impacting our economy and influencing investment strategies. Trading Perspectives is hosted by Oakworth Capital Bank's Chief Economist, John Norris along with Portfolio Manager, Sam Clement and Director of Wealth Management Business Services, Courtney Truss. https://www.oakworthcapital.com/ tradingperspectives@oakworthcapital.com

In this podcast, John, Courtney & Sam exchange perspectives on current events that are impacting our economy and influencing investment strategies. Trading Perspectives is hosted by Oakworth Capital Bank's Chief Economist, John Norris along with Portfolio Manager, Sam Clement and Director of Wealth Management Business Services, Courtney Truss. https://www.oakworthcapital.com/ tradingperspectives@oakworthcapital.com

Location:

United States

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In this podcast, John, Courtney & Sam exchange perspectives on current events that are impacting our economy and influencing investment strategies. Trading Perspectives is hosted by Oakworth Capital Bank's Chief Economist, John Norris along with Portfolio Manager, Sam Clement and Director of Wealth Management Business Services, Courtney Truss. https://www.oakworthcapital.com/ tradingperspectives@oakworthcapital.com

Language:

English

Contact:

205-263-4700


Episodes

Hot Temps & Energy Prices

8/17/2022
How is the current energy crisis impacting investor behavior around the world? Can Europe escape the economic corner it backed itself into with its energy policies? Will the winter be extra cold this year? Or will the Russians turn on the spigot if the Europeans give Moscow the green light? Could it be the US, despite all of its problems, still the best place for an absolute return? In this week’s Trading Perspectives, Sam, Courtney, and John discuss the continued turmoil in the global...

Duration:00:19:48

Gender Wage Gaps

8/10/2022
As the political season starts to heat up, candidates will likely discuss inequalities in our society. The difference between male and female paychecks will undoubtedly be a topic of discussion. It often is. However, do all the studies on the subject compare apples to apples? Is there an inherent bias in the system? Do employers knowingly pay males more simply because of their gender? Why do female workers tend to fall behind their male counterparts? In this week’s Trading Perspectives, Sam,...

Duration:00:25:39

A Recession With Too Many Jobs?

8/3/2022
Like much of the last 24 months, recent economic data has been strange. How can the economy be slowing down and employers still not able to find workers? What is keeping people from going back into the workforce? Is it a generational issue or an inflection point in the US economy? In this week’s Trading Perspectives, Sam, Courtney and John discuss the large numbers of jobs available despite two consecutive quarters of economic contraction.

Duration:00:22:06

Lottery Fever

7/27/2022
The Mega Millions jackpot is one of the largest in history. People across the country are gobbling up tickets and dreaming about what they would do if they won. However, is it worth the money? After all, the chances of winning the jackpot at 1 in 302.5 million. So, is playing the lottery hope, fantasy or foolishness? In this week’s Trading Perspectives, Sam, Courtney, and John discuss the Mega Millions jackpot and what they would do, if anything, if they were the lucky winner.

Duration:00:23:49

What is America’s Role in the World?

7/20/2022
The headlines suggest the world is falling apart at the seams. From the ongoing war in Ukraine to economic crises in many emerging economies to increased tension in the South China Sea, it seems the US is stumbling from one problem to another. However, did we get to this point and what should the US do about today’s angst? Is it even our problem any longer, and should we let the rest of the world deal with its own problems?In today’s Trading Perspectives, Sam, Courtney, and John discuss the...

Duration:00:22:19

Greedflation? Is It Real?

7/13/2022
With inflation currently at 40-year highs, there is no shortage of explanations why this has happened. Folks have blamed Russia and Vladimir Putin. Fingers have wagged at supply chain inefficiencies. People have wrung their hands over our handling of the COVID pandemic. Then, there are those who argue corporations are taking advantage of inflation by gouging customers in order to goose profits. They call this “greedflation.” However, aren’t companies supposed to maximize their profits? This...

Duration:00:20:32

A Lack of Confidence in Everything

7/6/2022
A recent Gallup poll suggests Americans have lost confidence in most major public and private institutions. While this has been a long-term trend, it seems to have accelerated significantly over the last several years. Folks don’t trust the government, organized religions, big business, you name it. But why? It is a lack of leadership OR is how we consume information the culprit? In this week’s Trading Perspectives, Sam, Courtney, and John discuss the current crisis in confidence gripping...

Duration:00:21:42

The Soaring Price of Looking Good

6/29/2022
With inflation eating away at consumers’ wallets and pocketbooks, how has our morning routine changed? Are we still using the same products to help make us look presentable in public and the workplace? At what point does the average American worker, especially females, admit defeat to rising prices and decide to make changes to how they get ready? Is there a point? Or does getting ready provide a boost to mental health in today’s increasingly topsy-turvy world?In this week’s Trading...

Duration:00:21:59

Cryptocurrency Bloodbath

6/22/2022
Cryptocurrencies have fallen dramatically over the last several months. Is the beginning of the end for the things? Or is it the end of the beginning? Are there are generational considerations when determining whether crypto is going to be an ongoing asset class or is it just a flash in the pan? Albeit a very hot one. In this week’s Trading Perspectives, Sam, Courtney, and John discuss how cryptocurrencies have lost their luster. Will they ever get it back? Does age have anything to do with...

Duration:00:22:34

Eco-Anxiety: Do Your Anxieties Have Anxieties?

6/15/2022
Temperatures are higher, and storms seem a little more severe. Does this keep you up at night? Do you have eco-angst? The WHO says a lot of people do, but is this really the case? If so, what can we do about it? In this week’s Trading Perspectives, Sam, Courtney, and John discuss the growing trend of eco-anxiety and ways to combat it. Are there generational differences, and who gets thrown under the bus in the end?

Duration:00:23:51

The 4-Day Workweek: A Pipedream or the Future?

6/8/2022
As employers continue to struggle to find employees, concepts like a 4-day workweek are getting attention in order to attract workers. How practical is this trend? How good is it for the employer? How good is it for the employee? Will it produce the desired results and become the default for workers in the future? In this week’s Trading Perspectives, Sam, Courtney, and John discuss the concept of the 4-day workweek. Are there any generational differences? Or is everyone in lockstep?

Duration:00:23:57

Transitory Inflation? Get Real

6/1/2022
This week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen admitted she was wrong last year when she said inflation wasn’t a concern. While a surprising admission from an Administration official, this was a statement of the obvious. However, shouldn’t we have all seen inflation coming down the pike? After all, creating money out of thin air and throwing it at the economy is usually a good way to goose prices. So, what’s next? This week, Sam, Courtney, and John discuss the now non-transitory inflation. Just...

Duration:00:19:53

Good Intentions & The Road to Somewhere

5/25/2022
Politically popular mandates often, it not almost always, seem to have ironic economic consequences. So, why do we keep doing them? Is there something about the nebulous “need to do something” which trumps economic common sense? Or is it deeper than that? Are the people making serious economic decisions and policy really qualified to do so? After all, what is their incentive? In this week’s Trading Perspectives, Sam, Courtney and John discuss how some recent government mandates with good...

Duration:00:21:14

Onshoring Production? What Are the Chances?

5/18/2022
With all the supply chain issues and distribution problems, at what point do American companies start to produce more products in the United States? Surely, they have learned their lesson over the last 12 months. Also, what premium will American consumers pay to know the product they want will be made in America and available on demand? Finally, what will it take to get more factories open in more areas of the US? This week Sam, Courtney, and John discuss the prospects of the US onshoring...

Duration:00:21:31

Market Timing Blues

5/11/2022
With all of the red ink in the markets thus far, what are investors supposed to do? Should they continue to “buy the dip,” even though that doesn’t seem to be working? Is this because all news seems to be bad news? Is that why investors have been throwing the proverbial baby out with the bath water? How do investors stay calm and carry on? This week Sam, Courtney, and John discuss the frustrating start to the year and how to best avoid making a mistake. The problem is, while simple, the best...

Duration:00:21:01

The Problem With Student Loans

5/4/2022
With all the news in Washington about forgiving student loan debt, what does this all mean for the economy, society, and the future of higher education? Who really benefits? Who is hurt? What are the likely outcomes? What is the reasoning behind doing this at this point in time? Finally, who is to blame for this mess? In this week’s Trading Perspectives, Sam, Courtney, and John discuss the debate about “forgiving” some portion of student debt. Is this a good thing? Or does it make the...

Duration:00:24:48

Childcare Blues

4/27/2022
While finding quality childcare has always been a challenge, it has become increasingly more so since the start of the pandemic. This has had a depressing impact on the labor force participation rate, especially women. It seems like the government is helping out everyone but working moms. Why? In this week’s Trading Perspectives, the gang talks about the rising cost of childcare and potential solutions.

Duration:00:22:14

What is Going to Happen to the Housing Market?

4/20/2022
With available homes few and far between and mortgage rates on the rise, fears of the demise of the housing market are increasing. This naturally begs the question, how long can this go on? Will the housing market crash again? Will a decline in housing lead to a financial crisis like it did in 2008? In this week’s Trading Perspectives, Sam, Courtney, and John discuss the differences between then and now, and what a downturn could mean.

Duration:00:21:00

What a Recession Means to Me

4/13/2022
The dreaded word recession has recently been rearing its ugly head in the news media. Is the US doomed to have one in the near future? If so, just how bad will it be? As bad as 2008, when it seemed like the world was going to end? Or will it be like some other recessions, which we didn’t even know about until after the fact? Does the definition of recession vary from household to household? In this week’s episode Sam, Courtney, and John talk about the difference between perceptions and...

Duration:00:21:40

Ukraine: What Does Success Look Like for US?

4/6/2022
Although it is less than 2 months old, the war in Ukraine seems to be one without end. A primary reason for that is outside of the Ukrainians themselves, it is hard to define what success is for everyone else. Even more, does the US have a moral obligation to step into the fray to avert and address war crimes? If so, why hasn’t it done so in other places? Further, what are Americans willing to take in order to stop the violence in Ukraine and elsewhere?

Duration:00:23:34