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Cleantech
February 25, 2010 Posted by
Electric vehicles (EV) have been a large segment for venture investment the last few quarters. Many governments, including the US, are making major commitments to EV development. At SVB we have also seen a number of startups of the two
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FX Outlook
February 23, 2010 Posted by
As we entered the new year, the perceived global economic recovery continued to sputter along as it did in 2H09. Last year's recovery theme was centered on supporting the global banking system via the central banks' strategy of flooding the market with massive amounts of liquidity and support. With the banking system in much better shape by year-end, the G-10 economies were expected to slowly build on the positive momentum and show real, identifiable progress in 2010.
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Economic Outlook
February 23, 2010 Posted by
Last week, the Fed raised the discount rate from 0.50 percent to 0.75 percent and also shortened the term of loans allowed through the discount window from 28 days to overnight.
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FX Outlook
February 16, 2010 Posted by
The Australian dollar (AUD) and the Canadian dollar (CAD) have a lot in common. They are both backed by economies that are reliant on commodity exports. For investors looking to hedge or speculate on commodities via foreign exchange, they both provide ample liquidity as the world's sixth and seventh most traded currencies.
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Economic Outlook
February 16, 2010 Posted by
Ok. That was too easy.

The sovereign teeterings we are seeing these days should not be too surprising given all the government support programs put into place over the last two years. But what is really going on here?

I believe the challenge we face is more cultural than financial.
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Economic Outlook
February 09, 2010 Posted by

The nothin’ offered in the money market fund world has driven investors to seek other ways to add return. One easy way is to simply pay close attention when deploying funds into the marketplace.

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Wine Industry
February 08, 2010 Posted by

Fleming Jenkins Choreography, Napa Valley Cabernet Blend On the eve of her departure for the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Gold Medalist Peggy Fleming Jenkins spoke to Liquid Assets columnist and SVB Director of Wine Programs, Raymond Nasr, about her

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Technology
February 08, 2010 Posted by

Crisis gives birth to innovation. The proverb proves always true in the world of technology. As companies search for ways to power through the present economic downturn, the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model has gained even more momentum.

Businesses in many industries and geographies have applied this service delivery model to a variety of business processes and achieved great success. By using a commercial vendor to develop the software, host its operation and provide Internet-based access and application support to customers, companies are able to reduce the cost of procuring and maintaining enterprise software applications.

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