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FX Outlook; Global Edge
June 14, 2013 Posted by

The Indian rupee has been the worst-performing Asian currency over the past month. This last Tuesday the USD:INR rate reached 58.985 — an all-time high! This latest upswing in the USD:INR rate begun last month near 54.00 and was fueled by a combination of domestic and international factors (see below).  The all-time high rate prompted an unexpected appearance in the market by the Indian government. Their central bank , the Reserve Bank of India, intervened directly into the FX market by selling U.S. dollars. The intervention was successful, as it is now trading lower; however, seldom does one bout of intervention by a central bank turn the tide on a currency. I’ll make a side bet that intervention will be needed again to prevent further rupee weakness.

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Public Policy; Startups; Technology
June 12, 2013 Posted by

Congressman Joe Kennedy III (MA 4th District) joined SVB CEO Greg Becker for a client dinner in Boston with about 30 local and discussed variety of issues, all in the general category of how the Federal Government can help entrepreneurs succeed. The topics included immigration reform, education (esp. education in science, technology, engineering and math, or “STEM”), what’s going on with patent litigation, the business environment in MA, hiring, and federal funding for R&D. More information is available on our blog page.

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Venture Capital
May 31, 2013 Posted by

Venture capital and private equity firms today face increased international exposure to currency fluctuations. They look to foreign exchange services as a way to protect the value of a transaction against sudden shifts in currency value – whether for an immediate and urgent deal, or as part of a longer-range strategy.  

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Venture Capital
May 31, 2013 Posted by

Venture capital and private equity firms often operate across borders - and look to foreign exchange services as a way to protect the value of their transactions against sudden shifts in currency value. Examples include funding an overseas office, calling capital, or handling investments or distributions - and their FX needs may be urgent, or part of a longer-term strategy.  

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Startups; Technology
May 28, 2013 Posted by

Silicon Valley Bank CEO Greg Becker had a chance to interview Biz Stone, CEO of Jelly and Co-Founder of Twitter, at a recent event for SVB clients in Napa Valley. In this video from the event, Biz and Greg discuss the importance of manufacturing your own opportunity, why authenticity and listening is key to success in social media and Biz’s new company, Jelly.

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Country Guides; Global Edge; Europe
May 27, 2013 Posted by
The UK is one of the countries at the top of the list for companies looking to expand beyond the United States – and provides a host of incentives for direct foreign investment. Here’s a quick look at seven of these incentives – and you can learn more about the UK business climate and key expansion considerations by downloading our free “Guide to Business and Banking – UK”.
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Life Science; Startups; Technology; Venture Capital; U.S.
May 23, 2013 Posted by
Finding, attracting and retaining world-class talent is increasingly difficult for many of Silicon Valley Bank’s technology and life science clients. In fact, our annual Startup Outlook survey revealed while nine in ten startup executives said they were hiring, an equal number said it is challenging – or extremely challenging – to find workers with the skills they need.
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Global Edge
May 22, 2013 Posted by
As fast-growing, innovation companies expand into foreign markets, letters of credit are seen as a key tool for facilitating sales transactions. In this interactive discussion, our experts explained the benefits of using letters of credit and how to most effectively structure transactions.
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FX Outlook; Global Edge
May 02, 2013 Posted by
The Australian dollar has been caught in a tight trading range ($1.02-$1.06) for the past nine months, and appears to be going nowhere fast!  The buying forces of offshore money - from both global investors in search of yield and speculators riding the momentum and "carry" trades - have been neatly balanced by the selling forces of Australia's weakening terms of trade*, falling commodity prices being the chief culprit. Of course, the biggest risk for Australia's economy and demand for its currency is China, it's primary trading partner - and China's economy is slowing! Our analysis below tries to cover the relevant factors in determining what's next in store for the Aussie.
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Global Edge
April 29, 2013 Posted by
Cross-border trade can bring business risk. But companies are finding that it also opens up immense opportunities for business growth - through use of trade finance tools and techniques that can help you manage risk, expedite revenue, and build new customer relationships. This online seminar will explain the export financing options available to help you conduct business overseas. Our guest speaker, Rob Guthrie of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, will discuss the programs available to you through his agency.
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