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June 01, 2012 Posted by

On February 15, Moody's announced that it placed 114 European financial institutions in 16 European countries and another eight banks and securities firms on review for downgrade. Reasons cited by Moody's for the rating actions is a combination of the situation in Europe and/or the environment faced by Global Capital Market Intermediaries (GCMI).

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May 01, 2012 Posted by
In the latest FOMC meeting, the Federal Reserve commented again that they felt inflation is contained and the recent rise in energy prices was “only temporary.” With that backdrop,it is expected that committee members will maintain their accommodative monetary policy until stronger economic data emerges....
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April 02, 2012 Posted by

As the first quarter of 2012 comes to an end, it is encouraging to review the noteworthy economic data of the quarter and discuss the Fed’s posturing. In an effort to fulfill its dual mandate of maximum employment and stable prices, the Fed has focused the last four years on promoting accommodative policy.

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March 01, 2012 Posted by
There is no question that the issues in the euro zone are far from over and that many headwinds to economic growth remain. Sovereign governments still need to implement harsh austerity measures and control their debts and deficits, while banks are facing capital and liquidity challenges.
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February 01, 2012 Posted by
The first Federal Open Market Committee meeting of the year shed additional light on the committee’s decision-making process and provided investors further information that must be factored into their investment process. Specifically, fixed income investors must now incorporate the committee’s approved statements and the participants’ rate forecast when constructing a balanced, comprehensive portfolio that weighs both risk and reward. Here’s what I mean.
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January 03, 2012 Posted by
Recent headlines regarding MF Global (MFG) are a great illustration of the value of strong corporate governance and the significance of a firm being run in a prudent fashion with complete transparency to all stakeholders.
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December 01, 2011 Posted by
The European sovereign debt crisis continues to be one of the main headlines throughout 2011. Though the problem was once thought to be isolated to Greece and that country’s fiscal ineptness, it is clearly much more complicated and widespread.
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November 01, 2011 Posted by
Opportunities do exist for investors to create value in a zero-bound interest rate environment, even with lingering concerns over a faltering global economic recovery and a possible double-dip recession.
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October 03, 2011 Posted by
On September 8, President Obama announced his American Jobs Act to both Congress and the American people. The ultimate goal of this act is intended to support the labor market, boost spending, and jumpstart the slowing economy ...
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September 01, 2011 Posted by
The much-anticipated recent speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was notable not so much for monetary policy insight – but because he emphasized that it is now Congress and the President's turn to step up. But the Fed still has options available to support the economy ...
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