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Wine Industry; Europe
July 11, 2011 Posted by
It is the last day of final exams at Oxford University. Euphoria is in the air, along with the fragrance of fine sparkling wine as it flows freely through the college quadrangles. Students are celebrating the end of another grueling examination season.
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CIO Vantage Point
July 05, 2011 Posted by
For months now, markets have been made well aware that the Fed would end QE2 on June 30. During the same period, we’ve heard from all kinds of pundits that rates will have to rise once such a large buyer of Treasuries is taken out of the markets.
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FX Outlook
July 05, 2011 Posted by
The U.S. dollar's importance as a reserve currency has been declining for more than a decade. The highest percentage, 70.9 percent, was reached in 1999 as compared to the 2010 level of 61.4 percent. The value of the dollar, as measured by the Dollar Index (DXY), has declined over the same period.
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Quarterly Economic Report
July 01, 2011 Posted by
The economy continues to grow, but — using the Fed's language — at a "measured pace" ...
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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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CIO Vantage Point
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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