Archive for the ‘Banking & Finance’ Category

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IKE TROTTER — Weighing in on reverse mortgages

by Published: November 15,2013

Tags: Business, financial, Greenville, Mississippi

More and more we see on TV or read in the paper about reverse mortgages and the opportunities available for homeowners to “unlock” the equity in their home. I thought it might be helpful to discuss this unique type of home equity loan and the resulting implications they offer to homeowners, particularly those who are […] [...]

‘Sound of normalcy’ — Metro real estate market sees better days

by Published: November 15,2013

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mississippi, real estate

Things in the Jackson metro real estate market are humming along these days. The MLS of Jackson web site put it this way: ”Hummmm. That’s the delightful sound of normalcy. Buyers are buying, sellers are selling, lenders are lending and builders are building.” By and large, MLS said, “things are returning to normal.” Normalcy does […] [...]

Security Ballew keeping up with changing economic environment

by Published: November 15,2013

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mississippi

For 25 years Security Ballew Wealth Management has provided a wide range of services to corporate, individual and retirement plan clients. The company was founded by Matt Ballew in 1988 and has grown from approximately $25 million assets managed to currently more than half a billion dollars. “Our primary goals were to provide the highest […] [...]

New MBA chair — Odean Busby — worked his way up

by Published: October 4,2013

Tags: banking, finance, Mississippi, Odean Busby

By Lynn Lofton Odean Busby, executive chairman of PriorityOne Bank, knows banking from the ground up. Soon after graduating from Jones County Junior College, the 125th chairman of the Mississippi Bankers Association began his banking career as a runner with First Mississippi National Bank (now BancorpSouth) in Hattiesburg. “I attribute a lot of my success […] [...]

IKE TROTTER — The importance to budgeting

by Published: October 4,2013

Tags: banking, finance, Greenville, Ike Trotter, Mississippi

What do most think of when establishing a budget? For most of us, it’s the “oftentimes” painful process of trying to live within one’s income — which is never an easy process. And while a case could be made that this financial process is more effective when introduced at the early part of the year, […] [...]

FINGERTIP BANKING — Trend is moving toward more smartphone access

by Published: October 4,2013

Tags: bankins, Business, finance, Mississippi

By Lisa Monti There are two kinds of smartphone owners: Those who use their phone for mobile banking, and those who don’t but plan to in the future. That’s the bottom line of the Federal Reserve’s 2012 online survey looking at consumer use of mobile technology to access financial services and also to make financial […] [...]

Campbell Helveston is Trustmark’s new Meridian community president

by Published: August 9,2013

Tags: Banking & Finance, Campbell Helveston, Trustmark Bank

Campbell Helveston knew his first job out of college — selling copiers door to door in Meridian — would not be a long-term career. However, he persevered and being a conscientious young man was recruited at age 24 to go into lending for a Meridian bank. “I’ve always tried to be active in the community […] [...]

Regions putting brokerage emphasis on branch-based investment services

by Published: August 9,2013

Tags: banking, finance, morgan keegan, mortgage broker, Regions Bank

In slightly more than six months, Regions Bank has hired over 100 financial advisors in a strategy the Birmingham bank company and Mississippi market leader says will personalize investment brokerage services at its 1,200 branches branches throughout its 16-state market. The goal is to have 125 financial advisors on board by year’s end and strengthen […] [...]

Swipe-fee ruling means merchants could pay less for debit card transactions

The Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors erred in letting swipe fees that banks charge retailers for each debit card transaction go as high as 21 cents a transaction, a federal court recently ruled. The ruling by the U.S. District Court in Washington drew the predicable applause from groups such as the National Retail Federation and […] [...]

Know the differences between banks and credit unions before moving your money

Credit unions and banks are, of course, two different types of financial institutions but they do offer some similar services such as deposits, checking accounts and loans. It’s become a common practice for customers to take their money out of one place and move it to another, usually looking for a better deal or better […] [...]

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