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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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Observation Deck
June 01, 2010 Posted by
The global economic recovery remains in question, as evidenced by the instability in the euro zone and 10 percent unemployment in the United States. Although the U.S. is seeing robust hiring in the manufacturing sector, the impact is diminished because the service sector constitutes 70 percent of U.S. gross domestic product. Complicating the global recovery scenario will be Europe’s prolonged period of relatively weak economic performance due to austerity measures imposed as result of the nearly $1 trillion rescue package.
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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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Economic Outlook
October 06, 2009 Posted by
Last month the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) announced a pilot deal to sell $1.3 billion in mortgage securities in exchange for $856.2 million from the debunked Franklin Bank after the lender was taken over by the agency.
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