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Trust Company Talks is an investing and wealth management podcast brought to you by Trust Company of the South. Hosted by Bill Noble and Burke Koonce, Trust Company Talks features guests discussing a wide range of topics of interest for individual and institutional investors with a particular focus on wealth management. Enjoy!

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Trust Company Talks is an investing and wealth management podcast brought to you by Trust Company of the South. Hosted by Bill Noble and Burke Koonce, Trust Company Talks features guests discussing a wide range of topics of interest for individual and institutional investors with a particular focus on wealth management. Enjoy!

    State of the Markets 2024: A Conversation with Dan Tolomay

    State of the Markets 2024: A Conversation with Dan Tolomay

    In this episode of Trust Company Talks, hosts Burke Koonce and Bill Noble are joined by Trust Company's chief investment officer, Dan Tolomay, to discuss the current state of the markets. Together, the trio explores market conditions, the impact of the Federal Reserve and China’s role in the global economy.


    Specifically, they discuss:
    Benefits of data-driven, long-term investing and the significant impact the top 10 S&P Index stocks had on its performance.The unpredictability and high valuations of large-cap growth stocks.The transformative role of the Federal Reserve in shaping investment landscapes and the potential effects of interest rate shifts and quantitative easing.Emerging markets and the potential consequences of China's economic bubble, especially in real estate.The enduring appeal of value investing and the delicate balance between risk and reward.

    They discuss the importance of diversification amidst market volatility and why they prefer taking compensated risks as opposed to "putting all your eggs in one basket." Overall, Dan expressed confidence in Trust Company's investing approach and strategic positioning, underlining the importance of a thoughtful, well-diversified portfolio to preserve and grow wealth.


    We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did, and as always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
    Trust Company Talks is a production of Trust Company of the South, one of the premier wealth management firms in the Southeast. Trust Company is a privately held firm based in Greensboro, NC, with offices in Charlotte and Raleigh. You can find more episodes of Trust Company Talks on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Receive the episodes as soon as they premiere by subscribing today.

    • 40 min
    The Magic Behind A Christmas Carol: A Conversation with Ira David Wood III

    The Magic Behind A Christmas Carol: A Conversation with Ira David Wood III

    In this festive edition of Trust Company Talks, hosts Bill Noble and Burke Koonce sit down with Ira David Wood III, executive director of Theatre in the Park, as he prepares for his final year of portraying Ebenezer Scrooge in his very own musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
    Throughout the conversation, they discuss David's childhood memories in Enfield, North Carolina. They also delve into his extensive career as an author, actor, and producer and his work with Theatre in the Park—an organization dedicated to providing a quality theatre experience to a diverse audience base in Raleigh and the surrounding area.
    Theatre in the Park's iconic production of A Christmas Carol has been a community staple for over 50 years, and they dive into its iconic history and positive local impact. Here, David emphasizes the importance of humor in connecting with the audience and the overall transformative power of theater.
    Additionally, the conversation touches upon the nostalgic elements of Christmas, its ability to bring out the inner child in us all, and the emotional resonance of holiday performances. David encourages people to embrace the bittersweet feelings that often accompany the season, acknowledging the Christmas blues and the power of art to uplift and bring joy. David also openly shares his thoughts on legacy, death and who may take over the infamous role of Scrooge.
    Overall, this conversation highlights the communal environment and transformative power of theater, teaching all who are a part of it never to underestimate the strength of kindness, hugs and encouragement.
    We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did, and as always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
    Trust Company Talks is a production of Trust Company of the South, one of the premier wealth management firms in the Southeast. Trust Company is a privately held firm based in Greensboro, NC, with offices in Charlotte and Raleigh. You can find more episodes of Trust Company Talks on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Receive the episodes as soon as they premiere by subscribing today.

    • 59 min
    The Power of Collaborative Giving: A Conversation with Gavin Stevens of The Alamance Community Foundation

    The Power of Collaborative Giving: A Conversation with Gavin Stevens of The Alamance Community Foundation

    In this episode of Trust Company Talks, we sat down with Gavin Stevens, executive director at Alamance Community Foundation (ACF), an organization dedicated to strengthening Alamance County through inspired and collaborative giving. The foundation was established in 1991 in Burlington, North Carolina, and, as a long-term partner, Trust Company of the South has had the pleasure of witnessing the organization's impact on the Alamance community first-hand.
    Throughout the conversation, they discuss ACF's history and role in collective giving and supporting community needs. The foundation serves as a hub for connecting donors with causes and providing support, including helping individuals who want to support the community but are unsure about specific needs. They also discuss Alamance County's unique position as a rapidly growing area with diverse economic development and how the foundation is crucial in addressing challenges arising from this growth, such as shortages in early childcare services.

    Additionally, Gavin shares her thoughts on the transfer of wealth and the need for intentional, long-term planning in the non-profit community. She also shares the impact of inflation on charitable giving and ACF's strategies for navigating these economic challenges.

    Community foundations play a vital role in fostering collaboration, addressing community needs and creating a lasting impact through strategic philanthropy. Here at Trust Company of the South, we encourage anyone who desires to make an authentic, tangible difference in your community to connect with a local community foundation, such as the Alamance Community Foundation. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


    Trust Company Talks is a production of Trust Company of the South, one of the premier wealth management firms in the Southeast. Trust Company is a privately held firm based in Greensboro, NC, with offices in Charlotte and Raleigh. You can find more episodes of Trust Company Talks on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Receive the episodes as soon as they premiere by subscribing today.

    • 40 min
    Culture, Relationships and the Fiduciary Standard of Care: A Conversation with Dave Beischer

    Culture, Relationships and the Fiduciary Standard of Care: A Conversation with Dave Beischer

    In this episode of Trust Company Talks, hosts Bill Noble and Burke Koonce are joined by special guest Dave Beischer, a Trust Company of the South board member and fifth-generation Durhamite, to share his family's experience as a client of Trust Company of the South for the past 26 years.
    The conversation centers on Dave's relationship with Trust Company, and how it evolved over the years from fiduciary services to wealth management, investments, tax strategies, risk management, corporate execution and management of the Fox Family Foundation, a philanthropic arm dedicated to supporting the Triangle nonprofit community.
    During the episode, Dave shares his thoughts on the three areas where Trust Company differentiates itself from other providers: the culture and sense of family, the people and the fiduciary standard of care.
    Culture and Sense of Family: Trust Company believes in the importance of developing a close, personal understanding of each client's family, ensuring a relationship that goes beyond business to become a trusted friend.The People: It's not just about managing wealth; it's about the people behind the process. Dave emphasizes the exceptional expertise and commitment of the team at Trust Company.Fiduciary Standard of Care: Trust Company follows a strict fiduciary standard of care. Dave elaborates on how this distinguishes them from other providers, ensuring that your best interests are always put first.Additionally, Dave shares his thoughts on the value of having outside board members, like himself, who were initially clients. He emphasizes the importance of an external perspective and mentions the positive impact of outside board members on the firm's decision-making processes.
    As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
    Trust Company Talks is a production of Trust Company of the South, one of the premier wealth management firms in the Southeast. Trust Company is a privately held firm based in Greensboro, NC, with offices in Charlotte and Raleigh. You can find more episodes of Trust Company Talks on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Receive the episodes as soon as they premiere by subscribing today.

    • 38 min
    Optimizing Portfolios in Unpredictable Times: A Conversation with Edward Saracino of Vanguard

    Optimizing Portfolios in Unpredictable Times: A Conversation with Edward Saracino of Vanguard

    In this episode of Trust Company Talks, hosts Bill Noble and Burke Koonce are joined by Edward Saracino, senior portfolio specialist with Vanguard Financial Advisor Services, a longstanding investment partner of Trust Company of the South. During the conversation, Noble, Koonce and Saracino share insights on the current financial market, the pros and cons of different types of portfolio construction, and Vanguard's role as a resource to Trust Company clients.


    Some of the specific topics discussed include:
    The current macro environment and predictions for inflation, rate hikes and a potential recessionSaracino's experience over the last 20 years working with Vanguard and the organizational structure of the Vanguard Financial Advisory Services DivisionThe pros and cons of an actively managed packaged solution, such as a Vanguard fund or ETFThe importance of portfolio diversification for growing and protecting wealthWhy Vanguard recommends an increasingly higher percentage allocated to international investmentsCommonly held misconceptions some may have regarding their investments, i.e. the 60/40 portfolio and whether or not it is "dead"

    As always, if you have any questions about Trust Company's approach to investment management, please do not hesitate to contact us.
    Trust Company Talks is a production of Trust Company of the South, one of the premier wealth management firms in the Southeast. Trust Company is a privately held firm based in Greensboro, NC, with offices in Charlotte and Raleigh. You can find more episodes of Trust Company Talks on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Receive the episodes as soon as they premiere by subscribing today.

    • 41 min
    Preserving Legacies: Navigating Trust and Estate Planning with Westray Veasey

    Preserving Legacies: Navigating Trust and Estate Planning with Westray Veasey

    In this episode of Trust Company Talks, hosts Bill Noble and Burke Koonce are joined by Trust Company of the South’s own chief fiduciary counsel, Westray Veasey, J.D, to offer an inside look at the important role trust and estate planning plays help safeguard your wealth and ensure your legacy lasts for generations to come.
    During this episode, some of the topics listeners will learn about include:
    The path that led Westray to become an estate planning lawyerThe definition of estate planning and its utility to our clientsWhen to begin the estate planning journey and how to approach the processHow Trust Company helps clients create and optimize successful trust and estate plansHow Trust Company acts as a resource with estate planners to mitigate any issues that may ariseSignificant trust and estate planning challenges in the current political climateHow to incorporate tax planning into an estate plan as exemptions rapidly evolveCommon areas of improvement within trust and estate plans As always, if you have any questions about the trust and estate planning process or are interested in embarking on your legacy-protecting journey, please do not hesitate to contact us.
    Trust Company Talks is a production of Trust Company of the South, one of the premier wealth management firms in the Southeast. Trust Company is a privately held firm based in Greensboro, NC, with offices in Charlotte and Raleigh. You can find more episodes of Trust Company Talks on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. Receive the episodes as soon as they premiere by subscribing today.

    • 35 min

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