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FX Outlook; Global Edge
May 02, 2013 Posted by
The Australian dollar has been caught in a tight trading range ($1.02-$1.06) for the past nine months, and appears to be going nowhere fast!  The buying forces of offshore money - from both global investors in search of yield and speculators riding the momentum and "carry" trades - have been neatly balanced by the selling forces of Australia's weakening terms of trade*, falling commodity prices being the chief culprit. Of course, the biggest risk for Australia's economy and demand for its currency is China, it's primary trading partner - and China's economy is slowing! Our analysis below tries to cover the relevant factors in determining what's next in store for the Aussie.
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FX Outlook; Global Edge; Asia
October 08, 2012 Posted by
Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan are important players in international trade,  providing high quality goods and services to the U.S., SVB's clients increasingly see opportunities in these countries, as evidenced by expanded FX and trade finance activity.
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FX Outlook; Global Edge
May 25, 2012 Posted by
Brazil is one of the most up-and-coming economies in the world, a hotbed of opportunity for those firms interested in expanding overseas and beyond the slow growth economies of the U.S., Japan and the Euro zone. There are challenges, however, when doing business in Brazil...
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FX Outlook
July 20, 2011 Posted by
Many investors consider gold to be the ultimate "safe haven" investment. Sure enough, following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008, and through all the thick and thin since then (certainly more thick than thin), gold has delivered enviable returns...and, with much desired low volatility.
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FX Outlook
June 06, 2011 Posted by
Volatility in the currency markets this year has been high. The major currencies have fluctuated widely, racing in one direction, then turning, and racing in the other. All currencies have fluctuated similarly, that is, except the currency of our friendly neighbor north of the border.
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FX Outlook
April 12, 2011 Posted by
A firm cannot avoid interest rate risk when borrowing. The CFO or Treasurer with a loan based on a floating rate index, such as Prime or LIBOR, is exposed to the risk that short-term interest rates will rise, causing borrowing costs to rise.
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FX Outlook
February 22, 2011 Posted by
After hearing that a well-respected market pundit had reversed his position on the Japanese yen and he was now a fully-committed BEAR on the yen, I thought I would check around to see if market chatter had picked up on other market players, switching from being bullish to bearish on the yen.
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FX Outlook
January 10, 2011 Posted by
A certain amount of reflection is normal and even necessary after a tumultuous period. Last year we witnessed large price movements in all the financial markets (fixed income, equity, commodity, and currency), which one might say were tumultuous, or if not tumultuous, then certainly difficult to predict and definitely not for the faint-hearted.
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