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Thinking the unthinkable

Fine Print: In recent weeks I’ve found myself returning to the idea that Charlotte-based Bank of America will not survive.


30 that count

The host of public television’s Carolina Business Review selects the key figures influencing the Tar Heel economy.

The Wachovia Way

As one of Tar Heel business’s most famous brands fades away, one of the CEOs who gave it luster recalls what made it shine.


Eyes on the prize

The median change in the three-year total shareholder return for the state’s largest public companies was an increase of 49.7%


The bank job

Disaster. Perseverance. Disappointment. Redemption. North American Financial Holdings Inc.’s ascent from abstract business plan to the state’s fifth-largest financial institution in less than a year has the narrative arc of a blockbuster movie, and we’ve provided the storyboards.

Top 75 public companies

Nearly three years after the credit crisis crippled the economy, businesses are on the mend, as evidenced by the Top 75, Business North Carolina’s annual ranking of the largest publicly traded companies based in the state.


Out of order

Weststar Financial Services Corp. tried hard to put a happy face on Buddy Greenwood’s retirement as CEO of it and its lone subsidiary, Bank of Asheville.

United we stand

At first glance, the proposed merger of FNB United Corp. and Bank of Granite Corp. looks like a bad match.

Hot stocks for 2011

Business North Carolina celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and it’s been almost that long — since the January 1983 issue — that we’ve been polling the pros, asking some of the state’s top stock pickers to select the North Carolina companies whose shares they think will be the best performers in the year ahead.


Time, after time

So the crystal ball is as cloudy as ever,” the story concluded, referring to the future of this magazine.

Taking the reward out of risk

Lately, I’ve been reading much about the “equity premium” — that extra bump in return you enjoy from investing in the stock market, where there is risk, rather than investing in government bonds and such, where there’s almost none.

Take on responsibility

In the business world, “socially responsible” is fast becoming what “low fat” is to potato chip makers: a suggestion of goodness, a whiff of virtue and a declaration of commitment to the values of its customers (who may not exactly go around preaching, or even living, those values but surely appreciate goodness by association).

Top 75 public companies

Gradually, it seemed, prosperity was taking hold.


What was it Deep Throat said?

The awarding of Pulitzer Prizes tends to be, by design, a low-key affair.


Regional Report Charlotte January 2010

As quickly as it came, Charlotte’s claim to being the real headquarters of the nation’s 14th-largest bank holding company vanished.


With a side of business

Business people, if they were honest with themselves, would have to admit to being the biggest self-help junkies around.

Hot Stocks for 2009

Plenty of words come to mind to summarize the stock market last year. But which one does it best? “Brutal,” says Frank Jolley, president of Jolley Asset Management in Rocky Mount. “Unfortunate,” says John Woodard, president of Woodard & Company Asset Management Group in Advance. “Fascinating,” says Bobby Edgerton, president of Capital Investment Counsel in Raleigh and possibly a fugitive from the planet Vulcan.

Legal Elite - Bankruptcy

2009 Legal Elite winner: Bankruptcy - Holmes P. Harden, Williams Mullen, Raleigh

Legal Elite - Tax/Estate planning

2009 Legal Elite winner: Tax/Estate Planning - Christy Eve Reid, Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson PA, Charlotte

Looking under the TARP

Having trouble figuring out the rhyme and reason buried within the federal government’s Troubled Asset Relief Program? Me, too.