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Observation Deck
November 01, 2010 Posted by
Thirty years ago, inflation was running at a high of 13.6 percent. The Federal Reserve had to adopt aggressive measures to tighten monetary policy and fight inflation. The Fed tightened money supply and the target Fed Funds rate rose to 20 percent. The economy took a downturn and two recessions quickly followed the Fed's actions (from January 1980 to July 1980 and from July 1981 to November 1982). Currently, our economy is experiencing yet another scenario where the Fed must take extreme action in monetary policy. However, this time around, the conditions are not quite the same.
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FX Outlook
October 26, 2010 Posted by
The current theme in the foreign exchange (FX) markets has concerned the dramatic decline of the U.S. dollar (USD) following the Federal Reserve's last official statement alluding to another round of quantitative easing (QE) deemed necessary to support the sagging U.S. economy.
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FX Outlook; Asia
October 19, 2010 Posted by
In light of China's status as the world's largest exporter with the largest trade surplus, undervaluation of the CNY has been criticized by other nations in the latest IMF and G7 meetings. This issue has dragged on for years, but has become increasingly sensitive lately in the face of lingering high unemployment in the U.S. and Europe amid the slow recovery from the recession.
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Economic Outlook
October 12, 2010 Posted by
Relativity can be a difficult concept. There are many that believe the dollar is going down, the euro is going down, and the pound is destined to drop.  The yen is the only developed currency that stands to gain, it seems.
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Analytics; Venture Capital
October 08, 2010 Posted by
We have analyzed data over the last 15 years for venture capital investing and the performance related to those activities. While it is clear from this analysis that the halcyon days were from 1994-2000, there are some very positive signs that the industry is still very much an attractive asset class.
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Quarterly Economic Report
October 08, 2010 Posted by
Just when we all thought rates couldn’t get any lower, they did. As we entered the third quarter, fears of European debt problems both at the government and banking level consumed the marketplace. Government spending’s chickens, it seems, were coming home to roost. 
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Public Policy
October 08, 2010 Posted by
In the United States, we often undervalue the role good policy can play in helping to support nascent industries that promise significant growth. If entrepreneurs and investors are going to devote years of their lives and tens or hundreds of millions of dollars to develop and commercialize transformative ideas, they need stable, clear policies they can count on. This is particularly true in sectors like clean technology and life sciences.
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Analytics; Life Science; Venture Capital
October 08, 2010 Posted by
SVB Analytics' Web seminar focuses on trends in the Life Science sector, including venture capital financing, M&A, and IPO activity.  In this free replay of the seminar, you will hear a variety of viewpoints from our expert panel of venture capitalists who have investment experience in the Life Science sector, as well as valuation and research professionals from SVB.
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