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Startups; U.S.
November 02, 2012 Posted by
SVB is fortunate that our office in Manhattan on 42nd Street is located in an area that had power restored almost immediately this week. While we were able to open up for business not long after the storm had passed, the same couldn’t be said for many of SVB clients whose offices are in lower Manhattan.
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Cleantech; Life Science; Startups; Technology
November 01, 2012 Posted by
The 2012 Startup Outlook Survey captures a U.S. economy in transition. The technology sector continues to lead the broader economy out of the downturn, posting strong returns even as the overall economy strains to rebound. Dynamicnew sectors are growing rapidly, businesses are hiring and startup executives are bullish on the U.S. market. Optimism and confidence remain high.
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Observation Deck
October 31, 2012 Posted by

QE3, QE Infinity, Q-Eternity are just some of the expressions for what the Fed's latest round of stimulus has been dubbed. At the September FOMC meeting, policy makers embarked on further accommodation in the form of mortgage-backed security purchases in an effort to stimulate growth in the midst of persistently high unemployment, headwinds stemming from the European debt crisis and an imminent tightening of fiscal policy. The interesting point about QE3 is that it is open-ended. This means that the Fed will continue to purchase bonds or employ additional policy tools until the labor market improves "substantially" which then brings into question its forward guidance of mid-2015.

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FX Outlook
October 30, 2012 Posted by
When engaging in business across borders, companies typically deal in foreign currency. In some instances the foreign currency is received and must be sold for the native currency; in other instances payables are incurred in the foreign currency requiring the company to purchase the currency and deliver it to settle the obligation.
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CIO Vantage Point
October 30, 2012 Posted by
Like to drive fast?  Find yourself cutting across lanes at the last minute?
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CIO Vantage Point
October 26, 2012 Posted by

Top 8 is up: BofA, earnings season, Draghi, CEOs, durable goods, and, of course, Greece. 

 

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Startups
October 25, 2012 Posted by
SVB October Showcase featured 25 early-stage companies seeking to raise their Seed or Series A round of funding. Pitching to a packed house of Bay Area investors, each company had seven minutes to convince the audience that their company is the next big thing...
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CIO Vantage Point
October 24, 2012 Posted by

On March 15, 2009, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told "60 Minutes" that "green shoots" were already evident in the economy.  However, since then the Fed has primarily acted to further boost economic activity rather than address any inflationary concerns from potential excessive growth.

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