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Observation Deck
September 03, 2013 Posted by
Financial yields have rallied substantially since the credit crisis of 2008–2009. According to Barclay’s indices, the differential between intermediate industrial and financial sectors bond spreads has tightened significantly, with a mere 11 bps differential as of the end August 2013.
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Startups; Technology
August 26, 2013 Posted by

The Silicon Valley Bank network, extended through the teams in our local offices around the country, is making it possible for me to sit down with client CEOs and some fascinating guest speakers as part of our 30 for 30 CEO events* this year. Last week I had the opportunity to speak with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CIO Brenna Berman of the City of Chicago, and meet about two dozen CEOs from the Chicago area.

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Observation Deck
August 01, 2013 Posted by
Market speculation on the timing of the Fed’s tapering has caused volatility in the bond market. Global corporate new bond issuances declined materially in June 2013 compared to robust issuance levels during the first five months of 2013. Nonetheless, we generally expect corporate credit risk to remain steady through 2013, with divergence in credit trends among various sectors. While investment grade corporate credit spreads initially widened 16 bps on speculation of the Fed’s tapering bond purchases, they have recently tightened by around 20 bps to 76 bps around mid-July.
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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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