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CIO Vantage Point; Advisories; Economic Outlook
March 21, 2014 Posted by

Silicon Valley Bank's Following the Fed video discusses turmoil in emerging markets and spillover effects into developed markets.

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CIO Vantage Point; Economic Outlook
March 21, 2014 Posted by
A Fed Chair who talks in specifics? You don't say!
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FX Daily
March 21, 2014 Posted by
The USD closes the week headed for its biggest weekly gain in nearly two months vs. the majors as many in the market believe the Fed is moving toward higher interest rates faster than previously expected.
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FX Daily
March 20, 2014 Posted by
The USD continues to strengthen across the majors (two week high vs. the EUR) after yesterday’s Fed announcement signaled they’ll probably raise interest rates by the middle of next year.
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FX Daily
March 19, 2014 Posted by
The Federal Reserve today announced that it is looking at a broad range of indicators in tying its benchmark interest rate decisions, and dropping the 6.5% unemployment threshold pledge.
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FX Daily
March 19, 2014 Posted by
The USD is slightly stronger today ahead of the FOMC rate announcement and Fed President Yellen’s first official press conference.  The Fed is expected to further reduce its bond-buying stimulus program by $10 billion and link its guidance on when it will begin raising interest rates to a range of economic indicators.  The Fed announcement will be at 2:00pm eastern.
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Accounting, Regulations, & Reporting; Advisories
March 18, 2014 Posted by

Money market funds (MMFs) have grown to an industry with over $2.9 trillion in assets, down from the peak of almost $4 trillion in 2009. Due to their price stability, liquidity, competitive market returns and simple accounting, MMFs are widely used by corporate investors as an interest bearing cash management tool. While this investment vehicle is viewed by many as a low risk, low return option, there has been an increase in regulatory activity. In response to the financial crisis of 2008, the SEC has worked with the MMF industry to introduce a number of new rules to further strengthen MMFs and ensure their resilience in the event of extraordinary market conditions. Read about proposed changes to the industry and how investors could be affected.

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FX Daily
March 18, 2014 Posted by
The FX markets are relatively quiet despite Russian President Putin’s speech focusing on Ukraine and Crimea’s accession. The markets are interpreting Putin’s interest in Crimea won’t extend into other parts of eastern Ukraine, and sanctions by the EU and US will broaden to counter the situation.
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