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

$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

First Foundation Announces 2016 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 and year ended December 31, 2016.

Market Commentary: A Tortoise on Steroids

President-Elect Trump’s Policy Agenda Triggers “Animal Spirits” But Brings Plenty of Risks Too