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Observation Deck
April 01, 2011 Posted by
In the time since the Federal Reserve Board brought the target fed funds rate to 0.00 - 0.25 percent, there has been more volatility and opportunity in the two-year Treasury note than short Treasury bills.
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Advisories
March 15, 2011 Posted by
The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee voted to keep the federal funds rate unchanged at zero to 0.25 percent, and retained its pledge to keep the benchmark rate "exceptionally low" for an "extended period" ...
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Observation Deck
March 01, 2011 Posted by
Most of our technology and life science clients just wrapped up their annual financial planning and budgeting process - and March is typically a good month to perform an itemized review of investment portfolios ...
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Advisories
February 28, 2011 Posted by
On February 11, 2011, the Obama Administration delivered a report to Congress “Reforming America’s Housing Finance Market,” which marks the beginning of the political process in which the Obama Administration and Congress must agree on the structure and timing of mortgage reform.
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Observation Deck
February 01, 2011 Posted by
From the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary comes a reasonably good definition for elephant in the room: "An obvious problem that nobody wants to discuss". It seems a near-perfect description of the situation facing money fund providers, and their investors ...
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Observation Deck
January 03, 2011 Posted by
For the new year ahead of us, many facets of the economy look to be replicas of 2010. Though there have been improvements in certain parts, much remains the same ...
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Advisories
December 14, 2010 Posted by
The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee voted Tuesday to keep the federal funds rate unchanged at zero to 0.25 percent ...
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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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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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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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