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

First Foundation Buys Bank, Seeks More Deals

(As Featured in "Orange County Business Journal")

FINANCE: Uses soaring shares for acquisition

Irvine-based First Foundation Inc... Read More

First Foundation Buys Bank

(As Featured in "Orange County Business Journal")

Irvine-based First Foundation Inc. said it purchased Community 1st Bancorp for $50.4 million in stock to increase its presence in the Sacramento region. 

Community 1st Bancorp is the parent company of Community 1st Bank, which has $373 million in total assets and offices in Auburn, Sacramento and Roseville. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter... Read More

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?