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Observation Deck
July 01, 2013 Posted by
The Fed believes the U.S. economy must be on stronger footing to consider reducing bond purchases and ending quantitative easing programs (QE). The talk of the possible end of QE led to a recent spike in bond yields. Since Chairman Ben Bernanke’s economic testimony to Congress on May 22, the U.S. Treasury curve has seen bond yields climbed as high as 60 basis points.
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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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Observation Deck
June 03, 2013 Posted by

In the past month, there has been quite a bit of rhetoric regarding quantitative easing and whether or not the Fed will be tapering off asset purchases anytime soon. The lack of confidence in the Fed's easing of monetary policy coupled with an improved economic landscape hints at a possible slowdown in the pace of asset purchases. These factors could mean short-term rates are at a bottom, which leads to the question: Is it time to consider increasing floating-rate bonds, or floaters?

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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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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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Observation Deck
April 30, 2013 Posted by

he Federal Reserve first began its asset purchase program in the fall of 2008 to combat the financial crisis. Almost five years later, with slow GDP growth, high unemployment, and non-present inflation, the Fed is well into its third purchase program. Some investors fear these actions will spark higher inflation. We believe this shouldn’t be a concern — at least in the short run.  

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Quarterly Economic Report
April 16, 2013 Posted by

 The SVB Asset Management Quarterly Economic Book provides a comprehensive overview of global macro-economic and sector trends. Through statistical data and analysis, it helps our clients understand the market dynamics that impact their business. This quarter’s edition offers perspective on the Federal Reserve stance as well as detail on euro zone dynamics.

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Life Science; Startups; Technology; Venture Capital; U.S.
April 15, 2013 Posted by
Through our partnership with the Angel Resource Institute and CB Insights, we are studying angel group investment activity to arm entrepreneurs and investors as they seek to better understand angel investing and jump start emerging businesses.
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Cleantech
April 01, 2013 Posted by
SVB’s latest cleantech report on energy storage reviews the market drivers, challenges and opportunities for this integral piece of the cleantech ecosystem. The report provides detail on the technologies, the drivers of growth, the exit environment and investment activity. We outline the following ten important trends that influence the growth of energy storage, the key to the viability of renewable energy.
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