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FX Outlook
December 01, 2009 Posted by

 I was a bit surprised last week when the Mexican peso appeared on the Bloomberg radar screen, that screen that 170,000 of us around the world have in front of us for much of our working day. The blip wandered

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CIO Vantage Point
December 01, 2009 Posted by

Sunday, Monday, Happy Days Tuesday, Wednesday, Happy Days Thursday, Friday, Happy Days The weekend comes My cycle hums Ready to race to you Charles Fox and Norman Gimble (writers) The phrase "jump the shark" refers to the 1977 episode of

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Observation Deck
December 01, 2009 Posted by

Uncertainty in capital markets has made some firms (and boards) opt to  forbid investing any of their precious cash in securities that have credit risk. Even fixed income issuers and money funds with well understood and transparent risk profiles, both

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CIO Vantage Point
November 24, 2009 Posted by

Over the river and through the woods To grandmother's house we go The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh Through white and drifted snow! - Traditional It's been over two years since the extendible commercial paper issued by Ottimo Funding Ltd. extended — something it was never supposed to do. Though we ca

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Advisories
November 24, 2009 Posted by

In the wake of the harsh spotlight thrown on structured finance’s role in the 2007-2009 financial crisis, much of the securitization landscape has been altered. While many structured investments fell out of favor, particularly private label mortgage-backed securities and collateral debt obligations, credit card-backed securities avoided most of the severe credit and ratings downgrades.

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FX Outlook
November 24, 2009 Posted by

For the past two years, foreign exchange (FX) markets have been influenced by the massive global monetary policy stimulus programs and central bank quantitative easing (QE) efforts to stimulate and support local economies. At the forefront of this activity, the

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FX Outlook
November 17, 2009 Posted by

 Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana For those who have not been paying attention, the U.S. dollar (USD) recently posted a 15 month low last week as it continues to be sold

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Wine Industry
November 17, 2009 Posted by

What will 2010 bring for fine wine sales? SVB predicts sales growth in its preliminary findings for the 2010-2011 Annual State of the Wine Industry Report. 

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