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Global Edge
January 13, 2010 Posted by

More and more U.S. companies are generating an increasing share of their revenues from export sales. Over the years, a significant portion of these export sales have shifted towards open account terms with no payment guarantees (such as a traditional letter of credit). As the Ex-Im Bank explains, savvy CFOs should consider leveraging export credit insurance.

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Quarterly Economic Report
January 06, 2010 Posted by
Many market commentators are referring to today’s economic malaise in the form of letters. Are we in a “U-shaped” recession or will it be a “W?” Perhaps the worst of both worlds: the dreaded “L.” The obvious extended nature of our current downturn will be much longer than that implied by these simplistic descriptors. Instead, I prefer the analogy of crossing a riverbed. Today, we stand in the flat portion at the bottom of the riverbed, having sped down towards the bottom rather violently.
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FX Outlook
January 05, 2010 Posted by

The holiday had brought tidings of comfort and joy for the USD and the U.S. market. Apart from the Asian economic recovery, recent U.S. employment data has lead to optimism that 2010 will bring further sustained economic improvement in the U.S. U.S. stocks marked recovery-trend highs, long yields ascending to four-month highs and the USD index rebounded to three-month highs.  

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Economic Outlook
January 05, 2010 Posted by

At 11:30 a.m. EST on Christmas Eve, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced a handful of significant changes to its support of those venerable twins: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Most significant was an unveiling of its potential equity injections for the next three years.

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Observation Deck
January 04, 2010 Posted by

As we enter 2010, fixed-income investments in the short end of the yield curve are trading at levels near historic lows. Even money fund investors are now facing yields hovering just above zero. This downward pressure has been caused by several factors.

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FX Outlook
December 29, 2009 Posted by

2010 is likely to be the year of the global recovery. Thanks to the coordinated, sizeable and successful global policy stimulus, the world economy is entering 2010 in what appears to be the very early stages of the recovery. Across

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Economic Outlook
December 29, 2009 Posted by

Reviewing some of my older columns this week, I came across the article below that was written just over one year ago. Aside from the specific statistics I had cited, the general advice remains true embrace the horror that is

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FX Outlook
December 23, 2009 Posted by

What do Mexico, Greece and Dubai have in common besides warm weather? DEBT — mountains of it. And where there's smoke, there's fire. The real concern in the markets is who might be next. So far we've had a solid

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