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Observation Deck
May 01, 2014 Posted by
SVB Asset Management's monthly Observation Deck newsletter covers current topics on portfolio management, credit considerations and market events that influence investment strategy. The main article for this May’s edition, "Price Matters," discusses recent client inquiries as to what their peers are doing and takes a deeper dive into a total return strategy.
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Observation Deck
December 02, 2013 Posted by

One of the most relevant metrics this past year has been the unemployment rate. The driving force behind the focus on the unemployment rate has been the slow road to recovery post the financial crisis in which the U.S. lost over 8 million jobs, as well as the Federal Reserve announcement that it is targeting an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent before raising interest rates. Since that target was announced the unemployment rate has garnered a lot of attention.

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Economic Outlook
October 30, 2013 Posted by

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee voted today to keep the federal funds rate unchanged at zero to 0.25 percent. Today's statement from the FOMC had very few revisions.

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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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Observation Deck
January 02, 2013 Posted by

As 2012 ends and 2013 begins reflection seeps in. There were many economic highlights and events this year that lead us to close the year on a hopeful note.

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Observation Deck
August 01, 2012 Posted by
As a fixed income investment management firm that specializes in investing for many startups, SVB Asset Management watches public offerings carefully. In addition, we also pay close attention to the Fed and Mr. Bernanke's monetary policy.
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Observation Deck
April 02, 2012 Posted by

As the first quarter of 2012 comes to an end, it is encouraging to review the noteworthy economic data of the quarter and discuss the Fed’s posturing. In an effort to fulfill its dual mandate of maximum employment and stable prices, the Fed has focused the last four years on promoting accommodative policy.

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Observation Deck
January 03, 2012 Posted by
Recent headlines regarding MF Global (MFG) are a great illustration of the value of strong corporate governance and the significance of a firm being run in a prudent fashion with complete transparency to all stakeholders.
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