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Observation Deck
January 04, 2010 Posted by

As we enter 2010, fixed-income investments in the short end of the yield curve are trading at levels near historic lows. Even money fund investors are now facing yields hovering just above zero. This downward pressure has been caused by several factors.

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Observation Deck
December 01, 2009 Posted by

Uncertainty in capital markets has made some firms (and boards) opt to  forbid investing any of their precious cash in securities that have credit risk. Even fixed income issuers and money funds with well understood and transparent risk profiles, both

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Observation Deck
November 02, 2009 Posted by

Historically, gold has been a precious commodity used for trade, jewelry, medicine and decoration. In more recent times, it has been used as a hedge against inflation. There are many investors who currently believe our country is heading into an inflationary environment, pushing up the price of gold. But we do not see any data to support the position that inflation will spiral out of control
anytime in the near future.

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Quarterly Economic Report
October 09, 2009
The current economic landscape has improved as the turmoil that we experienced 12 months ago dissipates.
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Observation Deck
October 01, 2009
The month of September 2009 proved to be an important one for money market mutual funds, with rising signs of a return to normalcy for this vital investment segment.
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Technology
September 09, 2009 Posted by

The economic recession and financial crisis have cast a dark cloud over most of the venture capital industry. The popular press continues to report bad news: poor exit markets, reduced venture investment and employee layoffs at technology firms. Despite these glum reports, innovative technologies are still being developed and many promising venture-backed companies are maintaining revenue growth. One example is companies developing the software-as-a-service model, the technology more commonly known as “SaaS.” As a provider of banking services to SaaS technology companies and as a consumer of SaaS offerings, SVB has observed SaaS as one of the bright spots in the venture capital industry. We expect that SaaS innovation will expand during the economic recession and SaaS technology will become a mainstay of enterprise computing.

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Observation Deck
September 01, 2009
President Obama's reappointment of Ben Bernanke to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve was widely viewed as a positive for the financial markets
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Observation Deck
August 03, 2009
As hopes have risen that the U.S. economy is nearing a recovery, investors' appetite for higher-yielding securities has returned.
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Quarterly Economic Report
July 06, 2009
Hope and optimism grew through the second quarter as the Nasdaq returned 20.3 percent, while the broader S&P 500 returned 15.9 percent.
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Observation Deck
July 01, 2009
Late last year, the Federal Open Market Committee cut the target Federal Funds rate to a range of between 0 - 0.25 percent, in an effort to stimulate the economy.
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