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  • The Canadian bank's move comes after several Western firms have withdrawn from private banking in Asia, hit by increasing pressure to reduce costs at home, slowing growth in the region and rising compliance costs. Most recently, Dutch lender ABN Amro Group agreed in December to sell its private banking operations in Asia and the Middle East, which has $20...

  • BEIJING, Feb 24- China will tighten oversight of its sprawling asset management industry as it moves to rein in financial risks, a senior central bank official said in remarks published on Friday. Ruan Jianhong, head of the Survey and Statistics Department at the People's Bank of China, said the financial sector had shown "deviation", with speculative activities...

  • The Canadian bank's move comes after several Western firms have withdrawn from private banking in Asia, hit by pressure to reduce costs at home, slowing growth in the region and rising compliance costs. Most recently, the Netherlands' largest lender ABN Amro Group agreed in December to sell its private banking operations in Asia and the Middle East, which has $20...

  • LONDON/ MADRID, Feb 23- Chinese investment firm Legend Holdings and three groups of private equity funds are putting the finishing touches to rival bids for Allfunds Bank, a deal worth close to 2 billion euros, sources close to the matter told Reuters. Santander Asset Management and Intesa Sanpaolo, which own 50 percent each of Allfunds Bank, a Madrid- based mutual...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- Interdealer broker NEX Group Plc, formerly known as Icap, has invested in a RSRCHXchange, a London- based startup that runs an online marketplace for research on stocks, as regulatory changes in Europe and pressure on asset management fees spur innovation in the equity research sector. The company will use the injection of cash develop the...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 23- China's main stock indexes snapped a three-session winning streak to end lower on Thursday, as expectations of new asset management rules and property taxes weighed on the market. China's central bank and other financial regulatory bodies are creating a universal framework for the oversight of the asset management industry, Chen Wenhui, the...

  • PARIS, Feb 23- AXA, France's biggest insurer, posted a 4 percent increase in 2016 net income, as stronger earnings from property insurance coverage and a recovery in its life and savings business helped to offset weakness in asset management. Net income rose to 5.83 billion euros in 2016, compared with 5.62 billion in the same period last year, AXA said on Thursday.

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 23- China stocks slid from 2-1/ 2 month highs on Thursday morning, with sentiment dampened after regulators circulated a draft plan of new rules for the asset management industry aimed a curbing financial risks. China's blue-chip CSI300 index fell 0.5 percent, to 3,472.43 at the end of the morning session, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.4...

  • LONDON/ BOSTON, Feb 21- Stock market optimism about U.S. The level of shorts- a bet that a stock will fall- taken out against the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 13 percent in the 30 days to Feb. 20, while shorts against Europe's STOXX 600 rose 18 percent over the same period, data from FIS' Astec Analytics showed. But hedge fund managers like Seth Klarman, who has been...

  • LONDON/ BOSTON, Feb 21- Stock market optimism about U.S. The level of shorts- a bet that a stock will fall- taken out against the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 13 percent in the 30 days to Feb. 20, while shorts against Europe's STOXX 600 rose 18 percent over the same period, data from FIS' Astec Analytics showed. But hedge fund managers like Seth Klarman, who has been...

  • LONDON/ BOSTON, Feb 21- Stock market optimism about U.S. The level of shorts- a bet that a stock will fall- taken out against the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 13 percent in the 30 days to Feb. 20, while shorts against Europe's STOXX 600 rose 18 percent over the same period, data from FIS' Astec Analytics showed. But hedge fund managers like Seth Klarman, who has been...

  • LONDON/ BOSTON, Feb 21- Stock market optimism about U.S. The level of shorts- a bet that a stock will fall- taken out against the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 13 percent in the 30 days to Feb. 20, while shorts against Europe's STOXX 600 rose 18 percent over the same period, data from FIS' Astec Analytics showed. But hedge fund managers like Seth Klarman, who has been...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 22- China's financial regulators have circulated a draft framework of new rules aimed at curbing risks in the country's booming asset management industry, according to several Chinese news outlets and details of the draft seen by Reuters. The rules, formulated by the central bank in conjunction with China's securities, banking and insurance...

  • Tuesday's decision was a setback for hedge fund Perry Capital and other investors that sought to challenge the lower court's dismissal of lawsuits arguing the government's confiscation of profits was illegal. Major owners of the companies' preferred stock include Bruce Berkowitz's Fairholme Funds Inc, while William Ackman's Pershing Square Capital...

  • In early afternoon trading, Fannie Mae shares were down 26 percent at $3.06, while Freddie Mac fell 29 percent to $2.84. By a 2-1 vote, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said a lower court had correctly barred claims that the government overstepped its authority in 2012 by eliminating dividend payouts to various shareholders and...

  • LONDON, Feb 21- Institutional investors pulled $468.8 billion out of equities in 2016, a report by the research firm eVestment showed on Tuesday, notwithstanding a rally late in the year that drove stock markets to record highs. The fourth-quarter selling was broad-based, with client accounts domiciled in the United States, Europe, Britain, Canada, Africa, the...

  • Feb 21- Luxury jewelry retailer Tiffany& Co said it would appoint three independent directors to its board in a deal with activist investor Jana Partners LLC. The company said it would add Roger Farah, a former co-chief executive of handbag maker Tory Burch, and James Lillie, a former CEO of Jarden Corp, to its board. Francesco Trapani, who owns an about 5.1 percent...

  • HONG KONG/ LONDON, Feb 21- HSBC Holdings reported a 62 percent slump in annual pre-tax profit that fell way short of analysts' estimates as the British bank took hefty writedowns from its restructuring, sending its Hong Kong shares down 3.5 percent. The 2016 profit reflected a $3.2 billion impairment of goodwill in its global private banking business in Europe...

  • HONG KONG, Feb 21- HSBC Holdings reported a 62 percent slump in annual pre-tax profit that fell way short of analysts' estimates due to one-time charges related to some businesses, and announced a new $1 billion share buy-back. The 2016 profit reflected a $3.2 billion impairment of goodwill in its global private banking business in Europe and the impact of its...

  • *Inflows from China pension funds will top $1 bln- media. SHANGHAI, Feb 21- Shanghai stocks edged up on Tuesday morning to an 11- week high, as risk appetites were improved on hopes for big flows into stock markets from pension funds plus news that some companies have scrapped new share sales. Tian Weidong, analyst at Kaiyuan Securities in Xi'an, said one part of the...