Banking & Finance

A Curve Ball In May

June 1, 2019

Our Investment Views, Weekly Market Makers By: Shawn Narancich, CFA Executive Vice President of Research Held Hostage by Trade As first quarter reporting season draws to another constructive close, investors’ attention was ripped away from the earnings scorecard and refocused almost exclusively on trade. Today’s imposition of additional tariffs on…

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Sale Prices Surge in Neighborhoods with New Tax Break

May 1, 2019

By Alexander Casey Sale prices ticked up sharply in some of the nation’s lowest-income and highest – poverty communities near the end of last year-but mostly in the neighborhoods now eligible for newly created tax breaks. Tucked within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) is a somewhat…

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How to Update Your Employee Handbook

April 1, 2019

By Jenna Reed, Vice President General Counsel and Compliance Services Cascade Employers Association jreed@cascadeemployers.com If it’s been more than a year since you’ve given your employee handbook a thorough read, chances are it’s already out of date. I don’t know too many people that jump up and down about the…

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OPPORTUNITY ZONES: WALK, DON’T RUN

February 1, 2019

by Timothy D. Carkin, CAIA, CMT Senior Vice President Opportunity Zones: Walk, Don’t Run Opportunity zones have become a trending topic in financial circles of late and we are taking a “walk, don’t run” approach when reviewing the space. What Is an Opportunity Zone? For years, legislators have tried different…

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Best of 2018: Winning is the Absence of Losing

January 1, 2019

by Charles Marohn There are two notable things about this post that made me glad to feature it in our annual “best of” week. The first is that it’s a good year whenever Nassim Taleb publishes a new book. In 2018, it was Skin in the Game, a book that…

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The Present We Didn’t Ask For

January 1, 2019

by Jason D. Norris, CFA Executive Vice President of Research Merry Christmas You Filthy Animal – Home Alone 2, Lost in New York – 1992 That’s how equity investors received the Federal Reserve’s rate hike and comments earlier this week. While expectations were for the Fed to raise the federal…

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Fed Hikes Rates, Market Tumbles

January 1, 2019

BY: DUY@UOREGON.EDU The Federal Reserve hiked rates as expected at December’s meeting while delivering a more hawkish message than Wall Street was hoping for. Equities tumbled and the yield curve flattened further as Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s press conference wore on. I can’t imagine that the Fed is pleased…

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Economic Outlook: On the QT … But QT may not be so quiet this time

January 1, 2019

Commentary by Robert Whelan, ECONorthwest DECEMBER 2018 “On the QT,” a quintessentially American phrase. It means to keep something confidential. Basically, QT is an abbreviation for “quiet.” But there is a new meaning and you will be hearing it more and more in the coming months. This time it will…

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Asymmetrical Pricing

December 1, 2018

By: Adam Cuppy Starting a business is hard enough; setting your price is like calling the shot blindfolded. You might have heard of “asymmetrical risk and reward,” but if you haven’t, let me bring you up to speed… Asymmetrical risk and reward is when you position yourself so that the…

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Oregon’s Per Capita Personal Income 2017

December 1, 2018

by Christopher Rich Oregon’s total personal income ranked 26th in the nation in 2017, one spot below the 2016 rank. Data on personal income comes from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. State personal income captures total income within a state and is…

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Lane County Travel Spending Continues to Grow

December 1, 2018

by Brian Rooney Data from research firm Dean Runyan indicate that spending in the travel and tourism industry continued to grow in 2017 in Lane County after dropping off during the Great Recession. The graph shows that travel spending in Lane County grew throughout the 1990s and peaked in 2008…

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SOREDI Hosts 2019 SOBC: Igniting Innovation: Building High Impact Communities

December 1, 2018

By: Codi Spodnik (541) 773-8946 Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc. (SOREDI) will host their 16th Annual Southern Oregon Business Conference (SOBC) on Thursday, January 31, 2019, from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Registration begins at 12:30 pm. Held at Inn at the Commons in Medford, this conference seeks to unite…

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