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Economic Outlook
March 23, 2010 Posted by
Planning out your actions is always good advice. However, when opposing parties get to react with free will, which they always do, plans beyond step one are rarely the correct course. This Yiddish proverb says it best: Man plans, God laughs.
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FX Outlook
March 16, 2010 Posted by
All governments regulate foreign trade. The extent to which they do so is a matter of great controversy and debate. Advocates of protectionism focus on the cost advantages of cheap labor in less developed countries, infant domestic industries needing protection
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Economic Outlook
March 16, 2010 Posted by
In the 1987 movie Wall Street, up-and-coming young stock broker Bud Fox calmly provides a counter bid for his premium penthouse apartment by saying "Offer 950."
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Venture Capital
March 09, 2010 Posted by
In January 2010, four representatives from the Yangpu District Government of Shanghai arrived in the Bay Area for a three-month educational program at San Francisco State University. While in the Bay Area, they also attended programs with SVB Financial Group. The visit follows Silicon Valley Bank’s addition of a repre
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FX Outlook
March 08, 2010 Posted by
"Acquaintance A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to." Ambrose Bierce, U.S. author and satirist (1842 – 1914), The Devil's Dictionary We must all be acquaintances of our respective governments, for
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Economic Outlook
March 02, 2010 Posted by
The Fed should begin raising interest rates in earnest in early 2011, once consumers have some vision of and confidence in both their wealth and job prospects. At that point, the Fed should aggressively raise rates more than one 75 basis point hike. See Joe Morgan's and Jim Anderson's Point / Counterpoint
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FX Outlook
March 02, 2010 Posted by
Over the past couple of months, sovereign risk has dominated the headlines in the foreign exchange markets. Financially strapped countries like Greece have put the euro on its longest losing streak against the dollar since November 2008. Debt investors have also grown concerned about budget deficits in other euro-region countries such as Spain and Ireland. The USD is has risen nearly 10 percent from its lows against the EUR from just two months ago. From my perspective, the entire episode confirms the dollar's status is still the world's only reserve currency. However, not all currencies are being punished.
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Observation Deck
March 01, 2010 Posted by
What a difference a stimulus makes. As we entered this global recession/credit crisis a few years ago, governments around the world came up with plans to support their banking systems and stimulate growth in their respective economies.
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