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?

First Foundation Announces Increase in Availability Under Loan Agreement

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 (“FFB”), today announced that it entered into the First Amendment which amends the Loan Agreement, dated as of February 8, 2017 with NexBank SSB, a Texas savings bank, to increase the maximum amount of the loan by $25,000,000, after which the maximum principal outstanding balance of the loan is $50,000,000. No other changes were made in the terms under this Loan Agreement.

First Foundation Announces Recipients of 2017 ‘Supporting Our Communities’ Award

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, today announced the recipients of ‘Supporting Our Communities,’ a philanthropic initiative that aids local charitable organizations.

Market Commentary: Good to Great

President Trump Has Promised to “Make America Great Again” – but Can the Economy Make the Transition From Good to Great?

Louis P. Abel, CFA, CAIA
Chief Investment Officer, Chair of the Investment Committee
First Foundation Advisors

“We have a great economic plan. We will double our growth and have the strongest economy anywhere in the world.”
– Donald J. Trump’s election victory speech
 

First Foundation's CTO Adrian Darmawan Talks Enterprise Technology Solutions

(As Featured in "CIO Review")

by ADRIAN DARMAWAN

First Foundation Announces 2017 First Quarter Financial Results

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 ended March 31, 2017.

“First Foundation experienced another quarter of strong results,” said Scott F. Kavanaugh, CEO. “We have seen significant growth in our wealth management activities, and we continue to grow our loan portfolio while maintaining excellent credit quality.”

Highlights

First Foundation Bank Appoints Kori Dolkas and Justin Stewart as Vice President, Branch Managers of Two of its California Locations

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 the appointments of Kori Dolkas and Justin Stewart as Vice President, Branch Managers located at the bank’s San Diego and Oakland locations, respectively.

Keep Your Information Safe This Tax Season

Protecting your personal information and helping you stay safe from cyber fraud is an important part of what we do at First Foundation. We have a team of resources dedicated to keeping you protected and providing education, especially when scams are at their peak. While there is no “down season” for the fraudsters and scammers, the tax-filing season consistently ranks as one of the top times of the year for the bad guys to do their work.

Are Advisers Steering Wealthy Clients Away From 529 Plans?

(As Featured in "Financial Planning")

by TOBIAS SALINGER

High-net-worth and ultrahigh-net-worth advisers are overlooking a valuable savings tool for their clients, one investment research firm says. 

Only 16% of wealthy investors have opened 529 plans for their children’s college expenses, according to a study by investment research firm Spectrem Group... Read More