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Economic Outlook
November 24, 2009 Posted by

Over the river and through the woods To grandmother's house we go The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh Through white and drifted snow! - Traditional It's been over two years since the extendible commercial paper issued by Ottimo Funding Ltd. extended — something it was never supposed to do. Though we ca

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Advisories
November 24, 2009 Posted by

In the wake of the harsh spotlight thrown on structured finance’s role in the 2007-2009 financial crisis, much of the securitization landscape has been altered. While many structured investments fell out of favor, particularly private label mortgage-backed securities and collateral debt obligations, credit card-backed securities avoided most of the severe credit and ratings downgrades.

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FX Outlook
November 24, 2009 Posted by

For the past two years, foreign exchange (FX) markets have been influenced by the massive global monetary policy stimulus programs and central bank quantitative easing (QE) efforts to stimulate and support local economies. At the forefront of this activity, the

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FX Outlook
November 17, 2009 Posted by

 Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana For those who have not been paying attention, the U.S. dollar (USD) recently posted a 15 month low last week as it continues to be sold

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Wine Industry
November 17, 2009 Posted by

What will 2010 bring for fine wine sales? SVB predicts sales growth in its preliminary findings for the 2010-2011 Annual State of the Wine Industry Report. 

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Economic Outlook
November 17, 2009 Posted by

In the movie Idiocracy, "Private Joe Bauers, the definition of average American," is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes 500 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.

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FX Outlook
November 10, 2009 Posted by

China's Recovery Firmed Recent data all pointed to a recovery in China. GDP growth in Q3 2009 was in line with expectation, at 8.9 percent annually. This was higher than the 7.9 percent in Q2 and 6.1 percent in Q1.

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Wine Industry
November 10, 2009 Posted by

This holiday season, why not try something different on the wine front? Offer your friends and guests some truly unique and delicious wine choices — all for under $40.With so many great wine values on the store shelves these days,

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