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Observation Deck
March 01, 2010 Posted by
What a difference a stimulus makes. As we entered this global recession/credit crisis a few years ago, governments around the world came up with plans to support their banking systems and stimulate growth in their respective economies.
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Cleantech
February 25, 2010 Posted by

Much has been written and spoken about the 2009 Recovery Act and the largesse bestowed upon the Department of Energy (DOE) to stimulate the renewable energy and cleantech sectors. So how are they doing? Depending on your perspective, there is a broad range of answers. Based on an allocation of $36.7 billion from the Ac

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Cleantech
February 25, 2010 Posted by
Electric vehicles (EV) have been a large segment for venture investment the last few quarters. Many governments, including the US, are making major commitments to EV development. At SVB we have also seen a number of startups of the two
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Economic Outlook
February 23, 2010 Posted by
Last week, the Fed raised the discount rate from 0.50 percent to 0.75 percent and also shortened the term of loans allowed through the discount window from 28 days to overnight.
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Economic Outlook
February 16, 2010 Posted by
Ok. That was too easy.

The sovereign teeterings we are seeing these days should not be too surprising given all the government support programs put into place over the last two years. But what is really going on here?

I believe the challenge we face is more cultural than financial.
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Economic Outlook
February 09, 2010 Posted by

The nothin’ offered in the money market fund world has driven investors to seek other ways to add return. One easy way is to simply pay close attention when deploying funds into the marketplace.

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Technology
February 08, 2010 Posted by

Crisis gives birth to innovation. The proverb proves always true in the world of technology. As companies search for ways to power through the present economic downturn, the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model has gained even more momentum.

Businesses in many industries and geographies have applied this service delivery model to a variety of business processes and achieved great success. By using a commercial vendor to develop the software, host its operation and provide Internet-based access and application support to customers, companies are able to reduce the cost of procuring and maintaining enterprise software applications.

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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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Economic Outlook
February 02, 2010 Posted by

Last week the SEC adopted new rules designed to strengthen the money market fund world (or "2a-7 world" if you want to get technical), which are targeted at increasing liquidity, credit quality and transparency. Without going into too much detail, the new rules will effectively limit investment options for these funds, including the development of a concentration of funds to be invested in the very short term.

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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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