Peter J. Brennan

Staff Reporter

Email: brennan@ocbj.com
Phone: 949-833-8373 Extension: 229

Recent Stories

September Unemployment Down

The September unemployment rate in Orange County was 3.6%, down from a revised 4.2% in August and lower than a year-ago estimate of 4%.

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Opus’ Credit for Weinstein Scrutinized

Investors are scrutinizing Irvine-based Opus Bank for its credit lines given to the notorious Hollywood filmmaker The Weinstein Company.

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Stearns Cuts Third of OC Workforce

Stearns Lending LLC, one of the nation’s largest non-bank mortgage lenders, is cutting 159 jobs, about a third of its workforce in Orange County.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was flat in midday trading at 2,556.78.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.1% in midday trading to 2,554.58.

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Accountants Strategize On Tax Overhaul

Customers Seek Advice, Even as Congress Debates

Accelerate deductions, and hold back on the income.

The Games We Play

How a Nobel Prize Winner Teaches Economics to Chapman Students

Ninety-year-old Vernon L. Smith likes to watch college kids play games.

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Midday Stock Roundup

The S&P 500 was up 0.2% in midday trading to 2,556.62.

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First Foundation Names Bank COO

First Foundation Inc. (Nasdaq: FFWM), an Irvine-based bank and wealth manager, promoted Lindsay Lawrence to a new position of chief operating officer of its banking unit.

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Q3 VC Investments Fall

Venture capital investments in Orange County declined to $178 million in the third quarter, the lowest amount since the first quarter of 2016, according to the VentureSource report from Dow Jones.

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