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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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Wine Industry
February 08, 2010 Posted by

Fleming Jenkins Choreography, Napa Valley Cabernet Blend On the eve of her departure for the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Gold Medalist Peggy Fleming Jenkins spoke to Liquid Assets columnist and SVB Director of Wine Programs, Raymond Nasr, about her

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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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FX Outlook
February 08, 2010 Posted by

“Have no friends not equal to yourself.” Confucius, The Confucian Analects“To have little is to possess. To have plenty is to be perplexed.” Lao tzu, The Way of Lao tzu What’s interesting about the quotes from these two great sages

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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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FX Outlook
February 02, 2010 Posted by

Given last week's break of 1.4000 by the euro as the focus on the Greek debt situation continues, I thought it would be good to take a deeper dive into where the different countries that make up the euro stand.First,

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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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