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In this podcast, a young Market Analyst gives a seasoned Chief Economist a fresh perspective on the driving factors that influence our economy. Trading Perspectives is hosted by Oakworth Capital Bank's Chief Economist, John Norris and Market Analyst, Sam Clement.  

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Dec 9, 2019

This week, John and Sam answer the frequently asked question, when will the trade deal get done? The answer: probably not anytime soon.  Donald Trump and President Xi are not playing the same game.  US politicians generally think in terms of elections, 2- or 4-year increments.  President Xi could technically...


Dec 2, 2019

How long can politicians hold back the inevitable? When people enjoy the rule of law, private property rights, and the development of human capital economic growth will happen.  If you don’t provide these things or try to stop them, your economy will sputter and eventually come to a halt. While people love to look at...


Nov 25, 2019

Lately it seems the entire world is protesting about something, even in the U.S. But why? Inequality seems to be a hot topic across the board and many feel the “wealthy” are to blame.  According to the recent Census, the average income is much lower than one would think.  Should we shift the focus to the 25%...


Nov 18, 2019

Socialism, a term with a historically negative connotation, has become somewhat of a buzzword lately as many democratic politicians consider themselves socialists.  So, what exactly is socialism?  Clearly Bernie Sanders, AOC, and Elizabeth Warren have a different view on socialism than those of the WW2 generation.  How...


Nov 12, 2019

Longer-term interest rates have been going up, and that is a good thing? John and Sam discuss how lower rates were supposedly the cure for what ails us earlier in the year, and how that has changed in November. Perhaps there is some truth to the argument: “higher long-term interest rates are bad for asset prices...