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FX Daily
July 29, 2016 Posted by
US rates and the dollar got crushed due to the lack of action by the Bank of Japan overnight and the big miss in US Q2 GDP that scaled down expectations for tightening.
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FX Outlook
July 29, 2016 Posted by
US rates and the dollar got crushed due to the lack of action by the Bank of Japan overnight and the big miss in US Q2 GDP that scaled down expectations for tightening.  
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FX Daily
July 28, 2016 Posted by
FOMC told the story that the market wanted to hear. The statement was mildly hawkish acknowledging improving labor conditions and expansion in economic activities, while staying patient to tightening.
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FX Daily
July 28, 2016 Posted by
The FOMC told the story that the market wanted to hear. The statement was mildly hawkish acknowledging improving labor conditions and expansion in economic activities, while staying patient to tightening.
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FX Daily
July 27, 2016 Posted by
FOMC becomes front and center at 2pm (EST), but even with an improvement in labor conditions and GDP growth, the chance of a hike remains low.
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FX Daily
July 26, 2016 Posted by
As we await for tomorrow’s decision by the Fed, the focus shifted to Japan where the Yen gained 1.8% vs the greenback (103.99), the most since the UK referendum on June 24th.
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Technology; Venture Capital
July 25, 2016 Posted by

  As seen in  Global Corporate Venturing , July 2016 issue.   We often talk a good game in Silicon Valley about how entrepreneurship is a global phenomenon.  In the last week of June, we lived it. Headlined by President Obama, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit  (GES) drew some of the biggest names in technology together with more than 1,200 entrepreneurs from 170 countries, government leaders and Silicon Valley executives to Stanford University to put a spotlight on expanding entrepreneurship around the globe. From the start, the call was for championing entrepreneurship to help reduce global tensions and demonstrate a different path for youth living in troubled regions. Secretary of State John Kerry, who opened the seventh annual White House-sponsored summit, made it clear that economic opportunity is directly linked to peace, and economic policy is tied to foreign policy. We don’t often enough connect the bottom line to efforts to make a safer world.  I applaud Kerry’s call to action for this next generation of entrepreneurs, and those in the current generation, to support them. Kerry proposed that the young entrepreneurs focus on three "generational challenges":  creating education tools to excite youth who may be at risk of radicalization, building a low-carbon emissions future and developing software solutions to root out corruption and encourage transparency. "You may not believe that all of these issues automatically fall within your responsibility, but let me you tell you ... we need your creativity in order to address each and every one of them," Kerry told the entrepreneurs. "You have a fundamental interest in how these questions are answered," he said. "You want to be able to operate a business without the fear of a terrorist attack. You want to be able to take advantage of the great economic openings in the green energy market. You want to be able to open your enterprises without having to pay a bribe." He called on all of us to join the effort. I was delighted to see how many corporates are supporting the initiatives being discussed and happy to see that a key focus of the event was not only on youth, but also women.  Discussions at the summit around expanding opportunity for women ranged from how to provide more access to the highest echelons of Silicon Valley to the need for more loans to female entrepreneurs in the Congo. Silicon Valley Bank released its latest data on women in technology leadership at the event. The annual Innovation Economy Outlook  revealed that 66 percent of U.S. startups reported no women on their boards and 46 percent have no women in executive positions. If we think those doors are hard to open, consider this: Patricia Nzolantima of the Congo called on investors at the GES to support entrepreneurial women in developing nations. She described the process for when women go to the bank in her country, the bank asks whether “they have a house to give to finance” their project. These women don’t have houses. “Our dream is to have our own bank, a women’s bank,” she said.     In his introduction of Secretary Kerry, Silicon Valley Bank CEO and President Greg Becker  shared his thoughts on what makes a successful entrepreneur. “We have seen some crazy ideas come to life -- so we know a thing or two about success, and about failure,” Greg said.  “Over time, we have recognized that partnerships and relationships seem to be what matter most to influence a company’s probability of success.” Gatherings like this, which provide a platform for government, corporations, investors and entrepreneurs to come together and share ideas, expertise, support and capital are so valuable for all of us. It really brings home to me that those of us in technology and corporate investments have a global mission and together we can make real change happen.  

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FX Daily
July 25, 2016 Posted by
It has been a slow start with most currencies staying range bound ahead of the FOMC (Wed) and BOJ (Thur).
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