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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

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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

A Few Tweets About Twitter

10/5/2022
The ongoing battle between Elon Musk and Twitter appears to be reaching an end, with the former honoring his initial purchase price. What does this mean for the company? Will a Musk-owned company demand freer speech? Eliminate bot and other false accounts? Figure out a better way to monetize the company’s technology? Trim a bloated workforce? And will the company let Donald Trump back onto the platform? Inquiring minds want to know. What will it mean for their own social media use?

The Great Leap to the Right

9/29/2022
This week, far-right politicians won a clear majority in Italy. This follows on the heels of the UK’s recently proposed pro-business policies. Even traditionally liberal Sweden has elected right of center governments. Then, the headlines suggest the GOP could make up serious ground in the Congress this November. Across the globe, people seem to be shifting to the right. Are people suddenly more politically conservative? Or are people simply responding to human nature after close to 3-years...

Duration:00:21:32

Can A Hurricane Ever Be a Good Thing?

9/28/2022
Everyone knows about the destruction hurricanes cause, but does the rebuilding after one stimulate economic growth? Would enough hurricanes in a given year actually increase capacity in an area or region? Wouldn’t that be a good long-term thing, even with the short-term pain? Or is it like the ‘parable of the broken windows’? After all, you can stimulate activity with a broken window, but you can’t base your entire economy on breaking windows. In this week’s Trading Perspectives we discuss...

Duration:00:20:13

Is There An End in Ukraine?

9/21/2022
Almost 8 months into the fighting, it doesn’t seem there is a legitimate end in sight. Will Moscow up the ante to save face? Why have the Russians had such a difficult time subduing a smaller opponent? What are the geopolitical and economic ramifications? Is there any way to end the fighting and go back to the status antebellum? In this week’s Trading Perspectives, Sam, Courtney, and John discuss the ongoing war in Ukraine from an American point of view safely thousands of miles away.

Duration:00:23:45

The Queen is Dead, Long Live the King

9/16/2022
As people mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, it is unclear whether the monarchy will be able to remain relevant moving forward. After all, Charles III has a much lower approval rating in the UK than his mother. Since the throne exists largely at the pleasure of the people, will a less popular monarch lead to less support for the monarchy as a whole? How much longer will the British taxpayer be willing to pay, directly or indirectly, for the royal family? Basically, can the monarchy...

Duration:00:24:33

Solving the Student Debt Crisis

8/31/2022
With the wave of a wand, billions in student loan debt will be wiped away. How is this possible and what will the impact be? While this sounds great, every action has consequences. In this week’s Trading Perspectives, Sam, Courtney, and John discuss how this student loan debt relief will impact everything from consumer confidence and elections, to inflation and the soaring cost of college.

Duration:00:23:03

How Much Does Social Media Know?

8/24/2022
Never before in history have people shared so much information with so many people, knowingly and unknowingly. Every social media post contains information that companies dissect in order to market more effectively to you. While that might sound harmless enough, most people wouldn’t share as much with people they know as they do with, say, Facebook. If all of that data is out there, will someone use it against you? This week Sam, Courtney, and John discuss how much information social media...

Duration:00:21:40

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