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Observation Deck
July 01, 2011 Posted by
With QE2 now complete, the ongoing debate centers on whether the Federal Reserve Board should or will implement another round of quantitative easing. However, there are significant current differences that argue against the need for a QE3 ...
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Economic Outlook
June 28, 2011 Posted by
Watching the quotes flit by on my Bloomberg last Wednesday regarding the FOMC meeting, I must admit to being quite bored. This was a very unusual and unsettling feeling as I typically enjoy market events — whether good or bad.
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FX Outlook
June 28, 2011 Posted by
I find it amazing how a country of just over 7.5 million people with the geographical size of New Jersey has to defend itself on so many fronts. Israel is surrounded by its sworn enemies. Under Israeli law Yemen, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iraq are considered enemy countries.
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Advisories
June 22, 2011 Posted by
As expected, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted today to keep the overnight federal funds rate unchanged at a range of zero to 0.25 percent.
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FX Outlook; Europe
June 21, 2011 Posted by
Euroland sovereign risk issues with Greece, which have severely cooled global investor appetite for risk-related positions. Since the end of April, the S&P has slid 7.2 percent percent from this year's high, now trading at 12.7 times forecasted 2011 earnings, its lowest multiple in almost a year.
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FX Outlook; Asia
June 14, 2011 Posted by
A year ago this month, the RMB cross border trade settlement scheme was expanded to 20 Mainland Chinese provinces and cities. Mainland Designated Enterprise (MDE) exporters in these provinces were allowed to settle trade transactions in RMB with any part of the world, while Chinese importers had no restrictions in paying RMB to overseas vendor.
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Economic Outlook
June 08, 2011 Posted by
Last week, a client asked me to describe what I thought would happen if Treasuries defaulted. Naturally and somewhat defensively, I launched into all the reasons I thought this wouldn’t happen. But that wasn’t the point of the question. The point was “what if it did?”
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Wine Industry
June 08, 2011 Posted by
Your right to receive the wine of your choice directly from the winery is being seriously threatened.
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