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FX Outlook
February 22, 2011 Posted by
After hearing that a well-respected market pundit had reversed his position on the Japanese yen and he was now a fully-committed BEAR on the yen, I thought I would check around to see if market chatter had picked up on other market players, switching from being bullish to bearish on the yen.
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FX Outlook
February 15, 2011 Posted by
The Israeli economy has remained strong throughout the financial crisis. Recent estimates of Q4 GDP in 2010 have topped 4.5 percent. This solid economic performance, coupled with relatively high benchmark interest rates at 2.25 percent and a hawkish central bank have been attracting inflows of foreign capital.
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Economic Outlook
February 15, 2011 Posted by
Mortgage underwriters, analysts, salesmen, executives, and even investors were not paying attention for some years leading up to the liquidity crash of '08. But the slo-mo effect began much earlier in 2007 when Household Finance announced dismal first quarter earnings due to write-downs from their subprime unit.
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Global Edge
February 09, 2011 Posted by
Two thirds of companies will be expanding into international markets over the next three years specifically to increase sales, according to a 2010 report by Ernst & Young.
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Capital Access
February 07, 2011 Posted by
At a recent event hosted by Silicon Valley Bank, microfinance innovator Grameen America’s CEO Steve Vogel announced plans to open a Silicon Valley branch of his organization ...
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FX Outlook
February 07, 2011 Posted by
The Chinese lunar New Year is upon us. According to the Chinese zodiac, this is the Year of the Rabbit when creativity, prudence, and patience should be rewarded. This is supposed to be a year where diplomacy, international relations, and politics will supersede conflict and force.  We can only hope.
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Economic Outlook
February 07, 2011 Posted by
In fact, the Fed owns more Treasuries than anyone with a cool trillion dollars of those risk-free assets.  OK, maybe this was a trick question. I mean, after all, if I asked who owns the most IBM stock, you wouldn’t think counting the stock in their Treasury department would count.
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FX Outlook; Asia
February 01, 2011 Posted by
China's effort to create an offshore international market for its currency in Hong Kong has generated huge excitement. Since China liberalized trade settlement and investment rules last July, large amount of CNH (CNY that are freely traded in Hong Kong) has accumulated in Hong Kong's banking system.
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