Insights for Investors

By Maurice Stouse, Financial Advisor and Branch Manager Inflation, interest rates and the current state of things Inflation has had more impact over the past than at any time in almost the past 40 years. After peaking at 9.1% in July, inflation came in a little lower in August at 8.5%....
Leak in the Sunrise Condos in Panama City Beach Recently, the APEX Disaster Response Team responded to an emergency call at the Sunrise Condos in Panama City Beach, Florida. In response to a leak inside the structure, the team was able to successfully prevent human exposure to potential toxins and...
More than half of Americans, an estimated 56%, do not have an estate plan in place, making estate planning a critically overlooked component of financial wellness. This creates hardship, financial or otherwise, that can be avoided by advanced planning. The Estate Planning Council of the Emerald Coast, Inc. (EPCEC) invites...
By Terry Mauer, Associate Director, Florida SBDC at the University of West Florida Small businesses truly are the backbone of America – especially in Florida. Small businesses represent over 95% of all Florida businesses and employ 41.1% of Florida’s workforce. Small businesses represent a substantial portion of our economy, enhance...
Furniture South announced today that 2022 marks 10 years in business. This milestone is a major accomplishment for the company considering the volatility of the economy over the past few years with the Covid pandemic. Frank and Julie Kovach have been in the Furniture and Interior design business on...
History and tradition run deep within the full-service law firm that is Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon. For nearly 110 years, the firm has stood unwavering through the test of time, economic highs and lows, hurricanes, oil spills, and still proudly opens its doors each morning to serve the great...
By Joe Capers, Insurance Zone Words like “endorsements,” “conditions” and “exclusions” don’t have to be confusing. Your home insurance policy isn’t exactly easy reading, as it is filled with insurance jargon, legalese and acronyms. But before you toss it in a drawer with all the others, you should at least...
By Chris Balzer Saving energy and lowering our utility bills seems to be on everyone’s mind lately.  We get advice from neighbors, friends, blogs, big box stores and internet searches. Sometimes this advice can get confusing or contradicting, and we decide to do nothing.  Let’s face it, saving energy has...
By Maurice Stouse, Branch Manager Financial Advisor The US dollar has strongly performed year to date having risen over 10% as of this writing. That has positive and negative impacts on the US and its economy. Former Secretary of State James Baker noted some time ago that the US remains...
The Walton Area Chamber of Commerce presents “The Next BIG Thing”, Tuesday-Wednesday, September 6-7, 2022, at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa. Presented by Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, the annual symposium has three distinctive tracks, including leadership development, business and entrepreneurship, and women in business....