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FX Outlook
June 08, 2010 Posted by
Turmoil continues to be the common denominator in today’s global financial markets. The foreign exchange (FX) markets are no exception. In fact, the currency market is the most bearish on the EUR that it has been in the past seven years due to concerns that European banks and economic growth will face challenging times as they weather European sovereign debt issues.
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Economic Outlook
June 08, 2010 Posted by
Last week, it was reported that the economy had gained 431,000 jobs in the month of May — a decidedly shocking number any way you look at it — and the unemployment rate had dropped to 9.7 percent. Of course, naysayers are quick to point out that 411,000 of those jobs are census workers who will necessarily be let go in coming months. From my perspective, it's a good thing we are in a census year to help soften the blow of the nearly eight million jobs lost due to the current downturn, although no one believes these jobs are a long-term fix.
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Cleantech
June 03, 2010 Posted by
On April 8-9, 2010, Silicon Valley Bank broughttogether 104 experts from the entrepreneurial, venture capital, energy,academic and policy worlds to discuss critical issues affecting the long termgrowth of the energy generation, storage and efficiency markets.  Here are our key takeaways from this set ofinvigorating, closed door discussions.
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Economic Outlook
June 01, 2010 Posted by
Thus far, the government's attempts to jump over the drama of the current recession have had less than spectacular results. To be sure, the American drive is alive and well, but we've hit more than a bump in the road and now everyone is scrambling for answers.
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FX Outlook
June 01, 2010 Posted by
After the blast of sharp risk reduction a couple of weeks ago, there has been a cautious reemergence of risk appetite by global investors in the commodity complex of AUD, NZD, CAD, NOK for currencies and with a little taste of gold on the side for "good luck."
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Observation Deck
June 01, 2010 Posted by
The global economic recovery remains in question, as evidenced by the instability in the euro zone and 10 percent unemployment in the United States. Although the U.S. is seeing robust hiring in the manufacturing sector, the impact is diminished because the service sector constitutes 70 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. Complicating the global recovery scenario will be Europe’s prolonged period of relatively weak economic performance due to austerity measures imposed as result of the nearly $1 trillion rescue package.
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Venture Capital
May 31, 2010 Posted by
SVB Capital is interested in understanding this issue and the many dynamics necessary for a healthy venture capital industry. Median fund sizes in venture capital have declined dramatically in recent years, and many limited partners have liquidity constraints that have caused them to reduce or pull back from allocations to the asset class.
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Economic Outlook
May 26, 2010 Posted by
This week, Democratic leaders in Congress expect to pass a $190 billion "jobs" bill that includes an increase in the tax paid by venture and private equity investors. The bill as it stands would tax as ordinary income 75 percent of carried interest, essentially doubling taxation on such partnerships. This is projected to garner $18.7 billion in additional revenues for Uncle Sam at a time every dollar is desperately needed.
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