Update Browser for the full First Western experience.

It looks like you may be using Internet Explorer. For the best experience on our site, we recommend using the most recent version of Google Chrome, FireFox, or Microsoft Edge.

2020 Financial Markets Update

Photo of Eric Long

CEO Roundtable: Bankers cross fingers for regulatory relief

February 22, 2017

Boulder President, Eric Long, recently attended BizWest‘s CEO Banking Roundtable on February 21st. Eric and other leaders in the banking […]

Image of person tapping credit card to make a payment

The Move to EMV: What Businesses Need to Consider

August 25, 2015

October 1, 2015, will mark a significant shift for businesses that accept credit card payments. On that day, merchants will […]

First Western Trust on black background

The Mobile Payments Revolution and Kids: A Financial Literacy Guide

June 15, 2015

As mobile payment technology starts to take hold, experts are predicting a historic change in how we pay for things. […]

close up credit card with lock

EMV: Changing the Way We Do Business

June 18, 2014

The credit card world will soon be undergoing a big transformation in the United States. On October 1, 2015, all […]

photograph leaves and grass

First Western Named to Top 250 Private Companies

October 11, 2013

First Western Financial, Inc. (“First Western”) has been recognized by ColoradoBiz magazine as one of the Top 250 Private Companies. This […]

Digital chart of financial markets climbing

First Western Named a Top Investment Manager on Denver Business Journal’s Top of the List

March 22, 2013

DENVER – March 22, 2013 – First Western Financial Inc. (“First Western”) has been named one of Colorado’s top five […]

Earth and money scale

Messes, Mediocrity, Mystery and Mistakes

July 1, 2012

On Tuesday, June 5, 2012 First Western’s Chief Investment Officer, Warren Olsen, held a conference call with clients to discuss the current state of the financial markets.

Pen and signature

A Connected View

June 1, 2012

Protecting your assets from “creditors and predators” is an important and often overlooked wealth preservation strategy. Understanding the potential threats that exist and following up with applicable action plan will better help you to preserve and protect your legacy.

Old white wooden church photograph

ConnectView Applied

May 1, 2012

Having your new young adult execute a few simple legal documents on or shortly after their eighteenth birthday helps prepare the family for unexpected life-threatening situations. It also provides an opportunity to instill the importance of estate planning throughout their adult life.

red arrow down and green arrow up graphic

Our Place in the World, Financially Speaking

March 1, 2012

To gain insight on what to expect from the markets in 2012, it's important to examine the events of 2011. Although a difficult year in terms of returns, the macro events such as the tsunami in Japan, the European sovereign debt crisis and the Arab Spring weighed heavily on the markets. These major global events swamped micro decisions making it a very difficult year for money managers.