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FX Daily
May 10, 2016 Posted by
Risk sentiment remains upbeat with global equities up on the day (S&P +0.9%) and the USD takes a breather after a nice run in the dollar index (+2.5% in early May).
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Wealth Advisory Market Perspectives
May 09, 2016 Posted by

Investing in an alternative-asset IRA is a very personal and unique decision. There is no magic formula. Rather, use of these special IRA or Roth IRA accounts need to be viewed as part of a long-term, holistic plan that considers not only basic eligibility rules, but also one’s liquidity needs, risk profile, tax situation and diversification. So how do you reconcile the potential benefits and flexibility of holding alternative assets with potential fees, long term liquidity uncertainty and related risks? 

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Analytics; Technology; Venture Capital
May 09, 2016 Posted by

In late March, Spotify raised $1 billion in convertible debt from TPG, Dragoneer and clients of Goldman Sachs. The financing, like many recent investments in large private technology companies, is designed to fund company growth, as Spotify intends to increase its already large base of 30 million paying subscribers .  But unlike last year’s significant pure-equity plays in Lyft ($1 billion in total financing, with half coming from GM) and SoFi (also $1 billion), the recent Spotify funding has significant covenants. 

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FX Daily
May 09, 2016 Posted by
Dollar remains firm despite the weaker US jobs report on Friday that supported the doves from the Fed.
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Observation Deck; Treasury Management; U.S.
May 09, 2016 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. In the main article for the May edition, "A Look at Negative Interest Rate Policy," Paula Solanes discusses what the Fed and other central banks are considering in regards to the impact of negative interest rate policy.
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Analytics; Technology; Venture Capital
May 05, 2016 Posted by
The nearly seven-year bull market that followed the 2008 financial crisis decelerated in 2015, largely due to global macroeconomic headwinds. This continued in the first part of 2016, which began with the worst two-week start to any year on record. Market turbulence has many technology companies postponing their IPOs; in fact, there was not a single U.S. tech IPO in Q1 2016. And nine companies withdrew their IPO filings entirely, waiting for better market conditions before making their public debut.
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FX Daily
May 05, 2016 Posted by
Dollar strength continues for the second day ahead of tomorrow’s US jobs report (NFP F +200K).
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FX Daily
May 04, 2016 Posted by
Hawkish comments from Fed officials suggesting a live meeting in June and a technical rebound for the USD (DXY +1.5%) saw a massive reversal across the FX universe in the last 24 hours
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