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Wine Industry
June 05, 2013 Posted by
In this videocast conversation SVB's Rob McMillan reviews survey results and interprets industry trends with our panel of experts including: Cyril Penn of Wine Business Monthly, Brian Baker of Chateau Montelena and Ahin Thomas of the Vintners' Alliance.
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Observation Deck
June 03, 2013 Posted by

In the past month, there has been quite a bit of rhetoric regarding quantitative easing and whether or not the Fed will be tapering off asset purchases anytime soon. The lack of confidence in the Fed's easing of monetary policy coupled with an improved economic landscape hints at a possible slowdown in the pace of asset purchases. These factors could mean short-term rates are at a bottom, which leads to the question: Is it time to consider increasing floating-rate bonds, or floaters?

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Venture Capital
May 31, 2013 Posted by

Venture capital and private equity firms today face increased international exposure to currency fluctuations. They look to foreign exchange services as a way to protect the value of a transaction against sudden shifts in currency value – whether for an immediate and urgent deal, or as part of a longer-range strategy.  

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Venture Capital
May 31, 2013 Posted by

Venture capital and private equity firms often operate across borders - and look to foreign exchange services as a way to protect the value of their transactions against sudden shifts in currency value. Examples include funding an overseas office, calling capital, or handling investments or distributions - and their FX needs may be urgent, or part of a longer-term strategy.  

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Startups; Technology
May 28, 2013 Posted by

Silicon Valley Bank CEO Greg Becker had a chance to interview Biz Stone, CEO of Jelly and Co-Founder of Twitter, at a recent event for SVB clients in Napa Valley. In this video from the event, Biz and Greg discuss the importance of manufacturing your own opportunity, why authenticity and listening is key to success in social media and Biz’s new company, Jelly.

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Country Guides; Global Edge; Europe
May 27, 2013 Posted by
The UK is one of the countries at the top of the list for companies looking to expand beyond the United States – and provides a host of incentives for direct foreign investment. Here’s a quick look at seven of these incentives – and you can learn more about the UK business climate and key expansion considerations by downloading our free “Guide to Business and Banking – UK”.
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Life Science; Startups; Technology; Venture Capital; U.S.
May 23, 2013 Posted by
Finding, attracting and retaining world-class talent is increasingly difficult for many of Silicon Valley Bank’s technology and life science clients. In fact, our annual Startup Outlook survey revealed while nine in ten startup executives said they were hiring, an equal number said it is challenging – or extremely challenging – to find workers with the skills they need.
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Global Edge
May 22, 2013 Posted by
As fast-growing, innovation companies expand into foreign markets, letters of credit are seen as a key tool for facilitating sales transactions. In this interactive discussion, our experts explained the benefits of using letters of credit and how to most effectively structure transactions.
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