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Observation Deck
December 01, 2010 Posted by
As we near the end of another year and the holiday season is upon us, all eyes are on the U.S. consumer, watching to see if the old ways of spending will return, leaving behind the mentality of saving more...
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Life Science; Startups; Venture Capital
November 08, 2010 Posted by
Venture capitalists and startup company executives who attended the latest Silicon Valley Bank SVB Showcase event were generally upbeat about prospects for  technology, life science and cleantech innovation and investment. The quarterly invitation-only pitch event brought together dozens of people from early and growth stage companies seeking to raise their next round of funding, and from venture capitalist firms.
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Observation Deck
November 01, 2010 Posted by
Thirty years ago, inflation was running at a high of 13.6 percent. The Federal Reserve had to adopt aggressive measures to tighten monetary policy and fight inflation. The Fed tightened money supply and the target Fed Funds rate rose to 20 percent. The economy took a downturn and two recessions quickly followed the Fed's actions (from January 1980 to July 1980 and from July 1981 to November 1982). Currently, our economy is experiencing yet another scenario where the Fed must take extreme action in monetary policy. However, this time around, the conditions are not quite the same.
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Quarterly Economic Report
October 08, 2010 Posted by
Just when we all thought rates couldn’t get any lower, they did. As we entered the third quarter, fears of European debt problems both at the government and banking level consumed the marketplace. Government spending’s chickens, it seems, were coming home to roost. 
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Observation Deck
October 01, 2010 Posted by
The Federal Reserve Board’s Federal Open Market Committee continues to convey the sentiment that the economy is still fragile and the future remains uncertain. A clear message on September 21 was that the Fed would step in if necessary to support the recovery and assure that inflation returns to a level that is in accordance with the Fed’s mandate. Ideally, the Fed would like inflation to be between 1.5 and 2 percent; currently it is at 1.1 percent.
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Life Science; Venture Capital
September 03, 2010 Posted by

Have you wondered how many really good life science M&A exits happen every year? Are the big guys even buying? Do these exits actually provide returns that materially affect the venture funds that are investing?

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Startups
September 03, 2010 Posted by
If you turn on almost any news channel, you’ll hear a consistent theme coming from Washington policymakers — jobs, jobs, and more jobs. People in D.C. recognize how vital job creation is to our future. And by and large they understand that small, growing companies are the engine for job creation.
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Energy & Resource Innovation
September 02, 2010 Posted by
Controversy, consternation, and skepticism always swirl around Cleantech and policy, highlighted most recently by the disappointing COP 15 climate meeting in Copenhagen in December. There was plenty of debate but little in the way of real direction. Despite that, however, it’s instructive to reflect on progress in the last several years.
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Energy & Resource Innovation
September 02, 2010 Posted by
According to a recent report by Pew Charitable Trusts¹, China invested almost $35 billion in clean energy in 2009, just about double the U.S. total of $18.6 billion. Remarkably, China’s total in 2004 was just $2.5 billion.
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Energy & Resource Innovation
September 02, 2010 Posted by
There have been a number of companies to enter or approach registration; however, for the most part, just one in each key vertical.
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