The Actors Fund Announces New Partnership with First Foundation Inc. to Provide Financial Literacy and Build Fundraising Capabilities

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Actors Fund, the national human services agency that helps everyone in performing arts and entertainment in times of need, crisis or transition, announced today that it has received a “Supporting Our Communities” grant from First Foundation Inc., which includes both a cash grant of $5,000 and pro bono consulting to help The Fund’s Western Council build its fundraising capacity. In addition, First Foundation, Inc.

OC Banks’ Q2 Mostly Positive

(As Featured in "Orange County Business Journal")

Four of the five biggest banks based in Orange County reported last week that profits improved in the second quarter... Read More

Long-dated Treasury yields see weekly climb

(As Featured in "MarketWatch")

Long-dated Treasury yields rose for the week as recovering commodity prices, particularly for oil, and some stronger-than-expected economic data raised growth and inflation expectations. 

A Not-So-Lonely Planet

The U.S. has been the best house on the block. U.S. stocks have significantly outperformed international stocks since the financial crisis. But this year, for the first time in a long time, international markets are outperforming the U.S. Our lonely stock market rally is not so lonely any longer. Are we on the verge of a change in leadership? Is it time to dust off the passport in search of overseas opportunities? 

Another hot summer day in Rome

First Foundation Announces 2017 Second Quarter Financial Results

  • Earnings per diluted share of $0.28 for the second quarter, $0.46 for the first six months
  • Strong growth in revenues 40% and income 146%
  • Another quarter of strong loan and deposit growth


IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Foundation Inc. (NASDAQ: FFWM), a financial services company with two wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, First Foundation Advisors (“FFA”) and First Foundation Bank (“FFB”), announced today its financial results for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2017.

Renewed Chinese appetite for Treasurys might not keep a lid on yields

(As Featured in "MarketWatch")

The bond bears have plenty of problems to contend with, including tepid inflation data, an economy that may be in the last innings of the business cycle, and low global interest rates, to name a few. 

This week, traders appeared to add one more to that list—renewed Chinese purchases of Treasurys... Read More

Bond traders overlook wage inflation at their peril, chart shows

(As Featured in "MarketWatch")

Bond traders are ignoring the buds of inflation.

Many investors have argued that the absence of more robust wage growth and higher consumer prices will keep a lid on yields, but a closer look at the data show the Treasury market could be blindsided by a pick-up in wages and thus inflation... Read More

Advisers bracing for Fed's unprecedented bond sale

(As Featured in "InvestmentNews")

Nine years after the start of a quantitative easing program that left the Federal Reserve with a record $4.5 trillion balance sheet, market watchers are now speculating how the Fed's plans to start selling those bonds will hit the financial markets.

First Foundation Appoints VP, Credit Manager of Equipment Finance

(As Featured in "Monitor Daily")

First Foundation hired Larry Scarpone as vice president and credit manager of the bank’s equipment finance department.

Treasury yields rebound after raft of bullish economic data

(As Featured in "MarketWatch")

Treasury yields recovered Thursday after a stronger-than-expected reading on private-sector jobs growth that came a day ahead of the more closely-watched non-farm payrolls numbers... Read More