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  • Wall Street Spotlight on US Credit Rating, Corp Earnings - 1 August 2011
  • Following the announcement by US President Obama that an agreement had been reached on dealing with the country's debt ceiling, markets in Asia responded positively. Although the proposal to raise the US debt ceiling and make significant cuts in spending still needs to be approved by congress, analysts are anticipating that the response in Asian markets will carry through to Wall Street in the first day or two of the upcoming week, before the reality of the struggling jobs and housing market, along with the battle between upbeat corporate earnings and the fragile economic outlook, may curb investor enthusiasm.

  • NVCA – Funding Innovation - 21 July 2011
  • The stated primary goals of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) are:"Funding Innovation" and "Empowering Entrepreneurs", and while large corporate companies may become bogged down in red tape and bureaucracy, entrepreneurs have a vested interest in productivity and growth, making these fledgling companies a valuable asset in job creation and economic recovery. Venture capitalists identify innovative entrepreneurs and invest in them, giving them the capital, and often the expertise and mentorship, to overcome barriers to entry and establish their business in the sector of their choice. Turning good ideas into reality and helping them to grow is what venture capital investment is all about.

  • US$ vs € as International Trade Currency - 14 April 2011
  • As the currency most often used in international transactions and one of the world's reserve currencies, the United States dollar (US$) has a history spanning more than 200 years. In addition to being the official currency of the United States, the US$ is either the official or de facto currency of the British Virgin Islands, the Caribbean Netherlands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Turks and Caicos Islands, Palau, Panama, Cambodia, Lebanon, Liberia and Zimbabwe.

  • Executive Order 6102: Learning From History - 7 March 2011
  • Back in 1933, on the 5th of April, US President Franklin D Roosevelt took an unprecedented step in order to prevent the Federal Reserve's gold holdings from being depleted. The order called for the confiscation, with due compensation, of gold that was owned by private US citizens, in effect forbidding the ownership, or 'hoarding' of gold coins, gold bullion and gold certificates. This move was prompted by the bank panics between late 1930 and into March 1933. At the time deposits formed up to 92 percent of the money in circulation, and with the failure of 10,000 banks across the United States, around $2 billion in deposits was lost. The failure of authorities to act quickly to prevent these bank failures is considered to have been a major factor behind the Great Depression.

  • Federal Open Market Committee - 24 February 2011
  • As a vital component of the US Federal Reserve System, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has the responsibility of overseeing America’s open market operations – the implementation of monetary policy, including buying and selling of United States Treasury securities, by means of which the central bank manages short term interests rates, as well as the supply of base money in the economy.

  • Dow Jones Global Compliance Symposium: Staying on the Right Side of the Law - 17 February 2011
  • With the catchphrase of "Winning Strategies for Navigating Rapid Change", the Dow Jones Global Compliance Symposium is set to take place at the Park Hyatt in Washington from March 31 at 07:30am EDT through to April 1 at 02:30pm EDT. Few would deny that the symposium catchphrase is apt - we are living in an era of rapid changes, with organizations such as WikiLeaks determined to expose questionable practices, and social networking sites venturing further into the realms of governance, whether at a corporate level, or even at government level, often with unprecedented, even drastic, consequences.

  • Investors Likely to be Cautious in October - 4 October 2010
  • Despite the fact that US stock markets enjoyed the best September in decades, ending the month on an upbeat note, analysts are cautioning against getting too optimistic as the final quarter of 2010 gets underway. September's success is attributed mainly to actual economic readings being higher than forecasts. However, investors need to bear in mind that economic forecasts were somewhat pessimistic following dismal market performance in August amidst fears of a double-dip in the economy. So, while September’s economic readings were better than expected, they were by no means great.

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