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  • SHANGHAI, May 28- China's stock markets plunged on Thursday, with indexes dropping over 6 percent in record high turnover as investors rushed to sell after more brokers tightened margin trading requirements for clients and the central bank drained money market liquidity. The Shanghai Stock Exchange saw A share turnover hit 1.2 trillion yuan, an all time...

  • SHANGHAI, May 28- China's stock markets plunged on Thursday, with indexes dropping over 6 percent in record high turnover as investors rushed to sell after more brokers tightened margin trading requirements for clients and the central bank drained money market liquidity. The Shanghai Stock Exchange saw A share turnover hit 1.2 trillion yuan, an all time...

  • ZURICH, May 28- No longer is schmoozing over long lunches and fine wines enough; Swiss private bankers are turning to video games and virtual reality to attract a new generation of sceptical clients and see off digital rivals. In a fifth floor office just off Zurich's main shopping street, researchers at UBS are testing dozens of technologies to see what could...

  • NEW YORK, May 28- Some of the biggest names in the investment world have been whipsawed by the recent rise in global yields and the strength in the euro against the dollar, with investors bracing for more sharp moves later this year stemming from central bank actions. Pimco's flagship Total Return Fund, which lost its crown as the biggest bond fund in the world in...

  • LONDON, May 27- When Chris Morton was setting up a fashion e-commerce company five years ago, he spent a lot of time listening to online music service Spotify. While Spotify was an inspiration for Morton, other London- based online retail entrepreneurs, like Farfetch founder and CEO José Neves, are using tricks learned from social media to create fashion...

  • May 27- Lowering interest rates around the world to boost the global economy has reached a point where it is now "quite harmful" to clients, including pension funds and insurers, BlackRock Inc Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Laurence Fink said on Wednesday. The "low rate environment is having a profound impact on how they're going to operate," Fink said at the...

  • LONDON, May 27- Australian Symon Drake-Brockman is on the front line of a revolution in European finance. The former head of global debt markets at Royal Bank of Scotland now runs Pemberton Asset Management in London's genteel Belgravia, several miles from the "Square Mile" City of London financial district where bankers work. "We operate more like a lender... we are...

  • NEW YORK, May 27- Steven Dudash, like most brokers, spends a lot of time making it easier for his clients to retire. After starting IHT Wealth Management in Chicago in June with six brokers, Dudash says he will buy four businesses from retiring brokers in coming months. Of the 300,000 brokers now working in the United States, nearly 35 percent are over 55. Between those...

  • *Copper seen climbing to $6,350 near term as supply supports- UBS. Copper is getting little help from the lacklustre economic outlook in top consumer China. "Even if you get some early signs which show you some improvement... the macro story in China doesn't look good," said analyst Dominic Schnider of UBS Wealth Management in Hong Kong.

  • TORONTO, May 26- Air Canada said on Tuesday it plans to redeploy capital toward share buybacks, debt repayment and increased investment in new aircraft, as its once huge pension fund deficit has now been wiped out much earlier than expected. Its pension fund deficit stood at C $4.2 billion in 2012, and Air Canada struck a deal with the government in 2013 that gave it...

  • Media CEOs dominate ranks of top-paid executives Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    The best-paid chief executive of a large American company was David Zaslav, head of Discovery Communications, the pay-TV channel operator that is home to "Shark Week." Les Moonves, of CBS, held on to second place in the rankings, despite a drop in pay from a year earlier. The remaining four CEOs, from entertainment giants Viacom, Walt Disney, Comcast and Time Warner, have...

  • TOKYO, May 26- Japanese government bond prices stood little changed on Tuesday after paring earlier losses on decent results from a 20- year debt auction. Japan's public pension funds have been moving away from government bonds and into stocks and foreign assets in search of higher returns. Yet heavy buying of JGBs by the Bank of Japan conducting its...

  • May 25- A labor-affiliated pension fund adviser is seeking an inquest into the auditor of Wal Mart Stores Inc, Ernst& Young LLP, accusing the auditing firm of knowing about possible bribery in Mexico long before the retailer disclosed it to U.S. authorities. CtW Investment Group, an adviser to union pension funds holding about 0.15 percent of Wal-Mart's shares,...

  • BOSTON, May 22- Barington Capital Group won its proxy contest by scoring two board seats at Eastern Co this week as shareholders widely backed the activist hedge fund's call to add new blood at the industrial hardware maker. Shareholders elected Barington Chief Executive Officer James Mitarotonda and Michael McManus, CEO of medical device manufacturer...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— The New York pension fund for state and local government workers has risen to a record $183.5 billion following an investment return of 7.16 percent last year, the state comptroller reported Friday. The third-largest pension fund in the country, which lost $44 billion in the national recession, dropping to $110 billion, has risen 57 percent since.

  • HONG KONG/ SINGAPORE, May 22- The blistering sell-off in Chinese solar firm Hanergy Thin Film Power Group this week burnt several index-tracking stock funds, exposing the flaws in some of these investment structures especially in volatile markets like China. China- focused equity ETF and index assets under management have grown more than three-fourths to...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, May 22- U.S. mining financier Oskar Lewnowski is preparing to launch a base and precious metals fund, sources say, his latest step in recreating the famed trading and investment enterprise he co-founded a decade ago, Red Kite. Two years after striking out on his own to create private equity investment firm Orion Resource Partners, the 50- year-old...

  • China stocks hit fresh 7-year highs, financials lead Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:29 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, May 22- China stocks climbed to fresh seven-year highs on Friday, and looked set for their biggest weekly gain in two months, as investors plough a record amount of borrowed money into the stock market. "It seems that investors are afraid of missing the rally and continue coming in," Gerry Alfonso, director of Shenwan Hongyuan Securities in Shanghai, wrote...

  • Twin bond, dollar selloffs hit Pimco Total Return Fund Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 3:44 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 21- The Pimco Total Return Fund, which last month lost its crown as the world's biggest bond fund, is now losing some momentum in performance. The Pimco Total Return Fund hit a peak of $292.9 billion in assets under management in April 2013. "Globally, we maintain exposure to diversifying sources of duration, including in Mexico and in the eurozone," Pimco...

  • TORONTO, May 21- The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, one of the world's biggest dealmakers, is looking at deals in the energy sector as a selloff in the price of oil makes valuations more appealing, its top executive said on Thursday. The fund, which delivered gross investment returns of 18.7 percent for its fiscal 2015, is evaluating a number of...