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

Posted 06/08/2017 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

Posted 06/01/2017 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.

Posted 07/17/2017 Read More >

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.

Posted 07/07/2017 Read More >

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

Posted 06/01/2017 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

Posted 06/26/2017 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

Posted 06/15/2017 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

Posted 06/29/2017 Read More >

First Foundation's CTO Adrian Darmawan Talks Enterprise Technology Solutions

(As Featured in "CIO Review")

by ADRIAN DARMAWAN

Posted 04/24/2017 Read More >

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

Posted 03/21/2017 Read More >

$60,000 Grant Will Benefit Ocean Education in Newport Beach

(As Featured in the "Daily Pilot")

A $60,000 grant from Irvine-based First Foundation Inc. will be given to the Discovery Science Foundation to help fund the Discovery Cube's Ocean Quest in Newport Beach for ocean-science education... Read More

Posted 02/07/2017 Read More >

How to Retire When Your Business Partners Are Sticking Around

If you're going into business with several partners, make sure you set some retirement ground rules upfront.

Posted 01/04/2017 Read More >

Community bank kicks off Bay Area expansion in Oakland, eyes San Francisco

(As Featured in "San Francisco Business Times")

by MARK CALVEY

Posted 11/04/2016 Read More >

On the Move: New Ventures

(As Featured in "The Orange County Register")

First Foundation Inc., a financial services company with two wholly owned operating subsidiaries, First Foundation Advisors and First Foundation Bank, is acquiring two branches from Pacific Western Bank in Laguna Hills and Seal Beach. The deposits in the branches total roughly $200 million... Read More

Posted 10/09/2016 Read More >

First Foundation Bank Adds Credit Officer to Equipment Finance Department

(As Featured in "Equipment Finance Advisor")

Garrett Reetz has joined First Foundation Bank as Credit Officer in the Equipment Finance Department in Irvine, California.  While servicing the equipment finance and leasing needs of the bank’s customers and prospects, the primary growth engine for the Equipment Finance Department is through third party originations... Read More

Posted 09/14/2016 Read More >