We recall from  the definition and properties of an algebra cone C of a real or complex Banach algebra A. It can be shown that C induces on A an ordering which is compatible with the algebraic structure of A. The Banach algebra A is then called an ordered Banach algebra. An important property that the algebra cone C may have is that of normality. If C is normal, then the order structure and the topology of A are reconciled in a certain way. Ordered Banach algebras have interesting spectral properties. If A is an ordered Banach algebra with a normal algebra cone C, then an important problem is that of providing conditions under which certain spectral properties of a positive element b will be inherited by positive elements dominated by b. We are particularly interested in the property of b being an element of the radical of A. Some interesting answers can be obtained by the use of subharmonic analysis and Cartan's theorem.