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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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FX Outlook
May 26, 2010 Posted by
The euro finally rebounded last week after five weeks of consecutive losses. The currency gained after German lawmakers approved their country's contribution to a $750 billion bailout package, temporarily easing the concern of a Greek default.
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Economic Outlook
May 18, 2010 Posted by
The marketplace is comprised of a multitude of opinions that are never in sync. If they were, little trading would occur as prices would reflect the level of true value as deemed by all parties.
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FX Outlook
May 18, 2010 Posted by
In general, Norway's economy has been shielded from the worst of the global credit crisis due primarily to its extensive oil wealth (world's sixth-largest oil exporter), strong labor sector, a housing market that that continues to hold up well and a mainland economy that is expected to continue expanding at a somewhat moderate pace in 2H 2010.
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Economic Outlook
May 11, 2010 Posted by
OK, perhaps things are not as bleak as a "burning ring of fire," but positive price action over the last few months has reminded me of our title’s famous line issued by Chip Diller as pandemonium ensued at the homecoming parade in "Animal House." It was time for a correction.
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