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Life Science; Startups; Venture Capital
November 08, 2010 Posted by
Venture capitalists and startup company executives who attended the latest Silicon Valley Bank SVB Showcase event were generally upbeat about prospects for  technology, life science and cleantech innovation and investment. The quarterly invitation-only pitch event brought together dozens of people from early and growth stage companies seeking to raise their next round of funding, and from venture capitalist firms.
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FX Outlook
November 08, 2010 Posted by
Since the Fed first indicated that it was prepared to provide additional support for the U.S. economy on Aug 27, the U.S. dollar index has dropped 6.5 percent.
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Wine Industry
November 08, 2010 Posted by
When it’s time to plan this season’s special Holiday gathering, why not reach for the Classics? Our Holiday Wine Buyer’s Guide presents five excellent wines for different holiday settings.
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FX Outlook
November 02, 2010 Posted by
My last paper published in the FX Outlook, Building with the Brazilian BRIC, dealt with growing economies of widely-used BRIC acronym for the emerging economic countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China. Specifically, I talked about the economic success story of Brazil. If you recall, I said "the bottom line is that Brazil's fundamentals look good.
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Economic Outlook
November 02, 2010 Posted by
It seems the market is all geared up for action with short-term rates rallying some 20 basis points since talk of such activity began in earnest. Not only that, but 10-year Treasuries have fallen about the same. Even the rate at which Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will make loans has hit an all-time low near an astounding 3.5 percent. ("If you qualify," of course!)
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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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