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.

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.

M&A at midyear: Lackluster volume but attention-getting prices

(As Featured in "American Banker")

Deposits are becoming a more important aspect of bank M&A.

Funding costs were largely overlooked for years while the Federal Reserve kept interest rates artificially low and banks drowned in deposits. Many institutions remain flush with liquidity as consumers and businesses are reluctant to make big withdrawals... Read More

First Foundation Bank Appoints Larry Scarpone as Vice President, Credit Manager of Equipment Finance

IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Foundation Inc. (NASDAQ: FFWM), a financial services company with two wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, First Foundation Advisors and First Foundation Bank, announced today they have hired Larry Scarpone as Vice President, Credit Manager of the bank’s Equipment Finance department.

Vacation Cyber Safety Travel Tips

According to the most recent report by the American Automobile Association, over 40 million Americans will travel this Fourth of July; and according to an informal office poll conducted here at First Foundation, close to 80% of you will take a trip at some point this summer. And that’s great – summer is a wonderful time to spend time with family and friends while recharging your batteries at the beach, the lake, the European village... Except there is one thing that now needs to be a part of everyone’s itinerary: cyber security safety. And it needs to begin before you zip up your suitcase.

First Foundation to Acquire Community 1st Bank

IRVINE, Calif. & AUBURN, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Foundation Inc. (NASDAQ: FFWM) (“First Foundation”), a financial services company with two wholly-owned operating subsidiaries, First Foundation Advisors and First Foundation Bank, and Community 1st Bancorp (OTCBB: CFBN) today announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which First Foundation will acquire Community 1st Bancorp.

The Dilemma of the Family Business – To Sell or Not to Sell

The Dilemma of the Family Business – To Sell or Not to Sell

As family business owners near retirement age, they face many difficult decisions:  Will they be able to support their retirement needs?  Should they pass down the business to the next generation or sell to a third-party?   Are they going to be able to truly let go of the business?