Advisories, Observation Deck

 

Advisories; FX Outlook; Global Edge; Asia
April 03, 2014 Posted by

Silicon Valley Bank's monthly FX Currency Outlook provides insight into today's foreign exchange markets and the global events that impact your cross-border transaction strategies. In this April edition we highlight China’s desire to make the RMB the world’s next global reserve currency.

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Observation Deck
April 01, 2014 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. The main article for this April edition, "The Emerging Market Mindset," highlights how with the Fed taper and the U.S. economy slowly recovering, the emerging markets economies have suffered. Other geo-political events have caused great stress and uncertainty to the emerging markets economies and their investors. However, emerging markets are still expected to grow in the long-term.
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CIO Vantage Point; Advisories; Economic Outlook
March 21, 2014 Posted by

Silicon Valley Bank's Following the Fed video discusses turmoil in emerging markets and spillover effects into developed markets.

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Accounting, Regulations, & Reporting; Advisories
March 18, 2014 Posted by

Money market funds (MMFs) have grown to an industry with over $2.9 trillion in assets, down from the peak of almost $4 trillion in 2009. Due to their price stability, liquidity, competitive market returns and simple accounting, MMFs are widely used by corporate investors as an interest bearing cash management tool. While this investment vehicle is viewed by many as a low risk, low return option, there has been an increase in regulatory activity. In response to the financial crisis of 2008, the SEC has worked with the MMF industry to introduce a number of new rules to further strengthen MMFs and ensure their resilience in the event of extraordinary market conditions. Read about proposed changes to the industry and how investors could be affected.

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Advisories
March 14, 2014 Posted by

Given the relative newness of these securities, we are not convinced that a real secondary market for the debt exists. A strong supply and demand in the secondary market is necessary to create the kind of liquidity we want to see for investments in our client portfolios. Currently, we don’t see either. If an investor in an extendible security wants immediate liquidity, we see a real potential for principal loss.

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Observation Deck
March 03, 2014 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. The main article for this March edition, "Following the Hammurabi," highlights collateralized lending, a practice as old as Mesopotamia. Today, assets like cars, credit cards, shopping malls, and condos, in the form of securitized products, provide investors with diversification and protection that Hammurabi would approve of.
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Observation Deck
February 03, 2014 Posted by
Observation Deck is a monthly newsletter published by the SVB Asset Management team. In this February 2014 issue our headline commentary, What Investors Can Expect in 2014, covers what to anticipate from the Fed in the year ahead with the confirmation of Janet Yellen as the new head of the central bank.
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CIO Vantage Point; Advisories
January 31, 2014 Posted by
In SVB’s Following the Fed video, we discuss the implications of the Fed’s recent meeting, the appointment of Janet Yellen as chair and the latest employment numbers.
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Observation Deck
January 03, 2014 Posted by
There is an old saying in the trading world, "sell on the rumor and buy on the news." This quote fits perfectly with how the bond market reacted to events in 2013. The year began with hopes of a "Great Rotation," in which investors would sell bonds and invest in riskier assets such as equities, which prompted speculation that yields would increase. Despite vastly improved economic fundamentals in the U.S., bonds remained well-bid as the Fed made no indication that it would tighten in the near future. This is not to say that there wasn't any volatility in the bond market.
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CIO Vantage Point; Advisories
December 20, 2013 Posted by
In our latest Following the Fed video we discuss recent Federal Reserve's decision to "taper" quantitative easing.
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