Banking & Finance Archive

A Closer Look: Arkansas Unemployment and Employment

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:00 am

The unemployment rate in Arkansas fell in June to 6.2 percent, but the number of people employed “continues to be a source of concern,” state economic forecaster Michael Pakko noted recently.

Arkansas Business Presents the 2014 Power List

by Gwen Moritz 7/28/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Business introduced “The Power List” in 2006, and after updating it annually for a few years, we decided to spread it out. That means there have been a lot of changes in 20 industries and professions since our last installment in 2011, so we've been doing a lot of rounding up of resumes and photos in the last few weeks.

One Bank Turns Attention to Scooter Stuart Life Insurance Payouts

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/28/2014 12:00 am

The leadership at One Bank & Trust has steered the Little Rock lender back to court in a new lawsuit connected with its former owner, Layton “Scooter” Stuart

Brandon Barber Should Serve About 20 Years, Feds Say

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/25/2014 08:52 am

Brandon Barber's day of reckoning approaches — he's scheduled for sentencing in Fort Smith on Aug. 13 — and federal prosecutors think the bankrupt northwest Arkansas real estate developer should spend a very, very long time in prison.

Home BancShares Raises Quarterly Dividend 33 Percent

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 11:21 am

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway raises its quarterly dividend 33 percent to 10 cents per share.

Bank of the Ozarks Responds to 'Say on Pay' Vote

by Gwen Moritz 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Say-on-pay votes are not binding in the first place, and the vast majority pass, but say on pay is having an impact even for companies whose compensation packages get voter approval, and a perfect example is in Little Rock: Bank of the Ozarks Inc.

Wal-Mart Execs Naturally Dominate List of Executive Compensation

by Gwen Moritz 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Top executives at the world's largest company continue to dominate Arkansas Business' annual list of public company executive compensation, starting with the new CEO, Doug McMillon.

Proposal Would Raise Arkansas' Minimum Wage Rate

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas' minimum wage of $6.25 an hour, which applies to all employers with four or more employees, is one of only four state minimums that remain below the federal wage of $7.25 hourly.

Carrington Complex Draws $21.5 Million Transaction (Real Deals)

by George Waldon 7/21/2014 12:00 am

A 202-unit apartment complex in west Little Rock weighed in at $21.5 million, and a 1,209-SF bank branch in west Little Rock is under new ownership after a $1.22 million sale.

Lessons Learned (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 7/21/2014 12:00 am

One of our best additions to the pages of Arkansas Business in our redesign three years ago has turned out to be the weekly Executive Q&A. It's a good way of getting new voices into the paper, voices largely unfiltered by editors because the Q&As are usually done via email and we publish the answers largely as written (though sometimes abbreviated because of space constraints).

Simmons Bank's Daniel Robinson Promoted to Northeast Arkansas Community President

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Daniel Robinson has been promoted from commercial loan officer to northeast Arkansas community president at Simmons Bank of Jonesboro. He joins Barry Ledbetter, who was recently promoted to regional chairman for central and northeast Arkansas.

Ashley Group Could Bring New Life to Pleasant Crossing in Rogers

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

The Ashley Group of North Little Rock, one of the largest commercial property managers in the state, is looking to buy a mostly undeveloped 30.5-acre piece of the Pleasant Crossing development in Rogers.

Layoffs, Branch Closures Firming Up as Simmons Readies To Close on Delta Trust

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Some employees of Delta Trust & Bank were given notice last week that they might not be with the company after it is acquired by Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff next month.

One Bank Sells Former Scooter Stuart House

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/21/2014 12:00 am

Syed and Ayesha Samad acquired the 12,350-SF mansion in west Little Rock's gated Hickory Creek neighborhood for $1.6 million.

Home BancShares Completes Purchase of Florida Traditions Bank

by Lance Turner 7/17/2014 02:01 pm

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway, the parent company of Centennial Bank, completes its previously announced acquisition of Florida Traditions Bank.

Arkansas Federal Credit Union Names Rodney Showmar President, CEO

by Arkansas Business Staff 7/17/2014 11:36 am

Arkansas Federal Credit Union said Thursday that Rodney Showmar had been named its new president and CEO.

Simmons First National 2Q Profit Up 50 Percent

by Lance Turner 7/17/2014 09:10 am

Simmons First National Corp. of Pine Bluff reports a 50 percent rise in second-quarter profit, part of what CEO George Makris called a "landmark quarter" for the fast-growing financial holding company.

Arvest Consumer Survey Shows Arkansans Mixed on Economy's Health

by Lee Hogan and Lance Turner 7/17/2014 08:57 am

Arvest Bank's first consumer sentiment survey finds Arkansans have a dimmer outlook on the economy than their neighbors in Oklahoma and Missouri.

Another Record: Home BancShares' 2Q Profit Up 60 Percent

by Lance Turner 7/17/2014 08:30 am

Home BancShares Inc. of Conway reports second quarter profit of $28.4 million or 43 cents per share, another record and a 60 percent increase from the $17.7 million or 31 cents per share it reported in the same quarter last year.

Green Forest Bank Has New Name: Anstaff

by Gwen Moritz 7/15/2014 11:20 am

Another Arkansas bank has changed its name in order to position itself for growth outside its traditional geographic area: First National Bank of Green Forest is becoming Anstaff Bank.