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Economic Outlook
December 08, 2009 Posted by

There are those who foresee the decline of American power in this world and a corresponding increase in the strength of the so-called BRIC nations, ultimately leading to deterioration in the United States' influence over world affairs. I admit I've found myself making statements that lean in such a direction. This overhang of doubt and uncertainty that started long before the current recession is feeding on itself, creating the real possibility of these scary consequences. But it needn't be so.

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FX Outlook
December 08, 2009 Posted by

 Adults are only kids grown up. Walt Disney Disney's enduring attraction was updated and revamped last year, but its theme resonates even more today than when the attraction opened at the 1966 World Fair and subsequently moved to the Disneyland

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Global Edge; Treasury Management
December 04, 2009 Posted by

See a replay of our recent Web seminar, "Global Expansion Forum: Best Practices for Expanding Business Overseas." The seminar, by Silicon Valley Bank and High Street Partners, provides helpful information on such topics as: Common pitfalls when expanding into a new country Cross border tax considerations L

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FX Outlook
December 01, 2009 Posted by

 I was a bit surprised last week when the Mexican peso appeared on the Bloomberg radar screen, that screen that 170,000 of us around the world have in front of us for much of our working day. The blip wandered

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Economic Outlook
December 01, 2009 Posted by

Sunday, Monday, Happy Days Tuesday, Wednesday, Happy Days Thursday, Friday, Happy Days The weekend comes My cycle hums Ready to race to you Charles Fox and Norman Gimble (writers) The phrase "jump the shark" refers to the 1977 episode of

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Observation Deck
December 01, 2009 Posted by

Uncertainty in capital markets has made some firms (and boards) opt to  forbid investing any of their precious cash in securities that have credit risk. Even fixed income issuers and money funds with well understood and transparent risk profiles, both

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Economic Outlook
November 24, 2009 Posted by

Over the river and through the woods To grandmother's house we go The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh Through white and drifted snow! - Traditional It's been over two years since the extendible commercial paper issued by Ottimo Funding Ltd. extended — something it was never supposed to do. Though we ca

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Advisories
November 24, 2009 Posted by

In the wake of the harsh spotlight thrown on structured finance’s role in the 2007-2009 financial crisis, much of the securitization landscape has been altered. While many structured investments fell out of favor, particularly private label mortgage-backed securities and collateral debt obligations, credit card-backed securities avoided most of the severe credit and ratings downgrades.

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