Done Deal (or is it?)

Another exciting week in the foreign exchange markets comes to an end today with volatility stemming from a variety of sources including congressional testimony from US Fed Chair Janet Yellen, hawkish comments from the Bank of England, an ECB monetary policy statement, and a surprise rate cut from the Bank of Canada.  Oh, and yes, we have a deal in the making between Greece and its creditors! Applause. EU finance ministers met on Saturday to discuss a package of reforms provided to them by Greece, along with a EUR 60 billion/3 year bailout proposal.

Greece is the Word

If you happen to be growing tired of ‘Grease’ lyrical references, imagine how tired the market must be of the back and forth between the Greeks and their creditors.   Well, the Greek debt situation appears to be coming to a head this weekend and the ECB has indeed grown tired of Greek recalcitrance. 

Bridge Bank and Western Alliance Bank Merger Complete

PHOENIX - Western Alliance Bancorporation (NYSE: WAL) today completed its merger with Bridge Capital Holdings (Nasdaq: BBNK). Bridge Bank, National Association, the operating subsidiary of Bridge Capital Holdings, has been merged with and into Western Alliance Bank, the principal operating subsidiary of Western Alliance Bancorporation. Offices of Bridge Bank will continue to use the Bridge Bank name as a division of Western Alliance Bank.

Greece Lightnin

In a fairly uneventful week in terms of economic data, the Greek situation was at the epicenter of trading volatility.  Hopes were heightened, and then ultimately dashed, on Tuesday as Greece and its creditors failed to make up any ground in their negotiations.

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