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Life Science; Venture Capital
February 04, 2010 Posted by

Silicon Valley Bank’s Michael Hanewich, head of life sciences on the East Coast, leads an hour long conversation between entrepreneur John Mendlein, chairman of Fate Therapeutics and former CEO of Adnexus (acquired by Bristol Myers Squibb in 2007 for more

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Observation Deck
February 01, 2010 Posted by

The Federal Reserve decided on January 27 to keep interestrates at historically low levels despite pronouncing a continued pickup in economic activity and a deceleration of job losses. Faced with a double digit unemployment rate, tight credit conditions, and real estate price depreciation, the decision was not surprising. However, the federal funds rate has been pegged between 0 percent and 0.25 percent since December 2008, and the Fed’s ongoing comment that economic conditions “are likely to warrant exceptionally low levels of the federal funds rate for an extended period” does cause us to re-ask the following questions: “What does the Fed mean by ‘extended period,’ and how should client portfolios be positioned?” 

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Quarterly Economic Report
January 06, 2010 Posted by
Many market commentators are referring to today’s economic malaise in the form of letters. Are we in a “U-shaped” recession or will it be a “W?” Perhaps the worst of both worlds: the dreaded “L.” The obvious extended nature of our current downturn will be much longer than that implied by these simplistic descriptors. Instead, I prefer the analogy of crossing a riverbed. Today, we stand in the flat portion at the bottom of the riverbed, having sped down towards the bottom rather violently.
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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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