Insights

 

FX Outlook
June 22, 2010 Posted by

As a rule, I prefer to avoid the use of these acronyms whenever possible. In this case, however, I simply could not resist a nod to George Orwell's Animal Farm. In the novel you may recall that the pigs, who held a leadership position on the farm and became increasingly content with the perks associated with their power, eventually changed one of the central rules governing the farm from "all animals are equal" to "all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others." A similar theme can be applied to the troubled euro zone countries commonly referred to as the PIIGS (Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain).

Read More
1 Comment | Join the Discussion

Economic Outlook
June 22, 2010 Posted by

 Always look on the bright side of life Monty PythonAny market prognosticator worth his salt must include a gut check or play devil's advocate to avoid missing early warning signs that change is afoot. Taking this attitude with me to

Read More
0 Comments | Join the Discussion

Economic Outlook
June 15, 2010 Posted by
Many eyes have been focused on the housing market over the past few years and for different reasons. To me, the importance of this sector relates directly to the strength of our economy. Housing is the "cause" and economic growth is the "effect."
Read More
0 Comments | Join the Discussion

FX Outlook
June 15, 2010 Posted by
On June 2, Japan's prime minister abruptly resigned. And, yes, we should worry. However, nobody — at least nobody in the financial markets — seemed to care. What's with that?
Read More
0 Comments | Join the Discussion

Wine Industry
June 08, 2010 Posted by
A compelling business opportunity surfaced back in 2003-04 when the Oregon region — known for its Pinot Noir production — was generating very small vintages and there was huge demand for more fruit. That’s when winemaking legend Ernst Loosen (pronounced loh-zen) teamed up with J. Christopher Wines to craft an elegant Pinot Noir. But the juice didn’t come from Oregon …
Read More
0 Comments | Join the Discussion

FX Outlook
June 08, 2010 Posted by
Turmoil continues to be the common denominator in today’s global financial markets. The foreign exchange (FX) markets are no exception. In fact, the currency market is the most bearish on the EUR that it has been in the past seven years due to concerns that European banks and economic growth will face challenging times as they weather European sovereign debt issues.
Read More
0 Comments | Join the Discussion

Economic Outlook
June 08, 2010 Posted by
Last week, it was reported that the economy had gained 431,000 jobs in the month of May — a decidedly shocking number any way you look at it — and the unemployment rate had dropped to 9.7 percent. Of course, naysayers are quick to point out that 411,000 of those jobs are census workers who will necessarily be let go in coming months. From my perspective, it's a good thing we are in a census year to help soften the blow of the nearly eight million jobs lost due to the current downturn, although no one believes these jobs are a long-term fix.
Read More
0 Comments | Join the Discussion

Cleantech
June 03, 2010 Posted by
On April 8-9, 2010, Silicon Valley Bank broughttogether 104 experts from the entrepreneurial, venture capital, energy,academic and policy worlds to discuss critical issues affecting the long termgrowth of the energy generation, storage and efficiency markets.  Here are our key takeaways from this set ofinvigorating, closed door discussions.
Read More
0 Comments | Join the Discussion