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  • April 2- Former UBS AG executive Hansruedi Schumacher pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States by helping wealthy Americans hide their money from tax authorities. Raoul Weil, who headed wealth management at Zurich- based UBS, was acquitted in November last year for helping thousands of U.S. taxpayers hide up to $20 billion in assets in offshore...

  • April 2- A federal bankruptcy judge in New Jersey on Thursday said she would approve an $82 million sale of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel to Florida developer Glenn Straub. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Gloria Burns said from the bench that she would sign off on the deal, the third one she has approved. Before that, Brookfield Asset Management backed out of its...

  • NEW YORK, April 2- Investors yanked $7.3 billion from the Pimco Total Return Fund in March as Pimco's flagship fund continued to reel six months after the exit of co-founder Bill Gross. The Pimco Total Return Fund remains the world's largest bond fund, although it is now only slightly bigger than the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index fund, which has assets of $116.8...

  • EXCLUSIVE-SOME TOP IBM INVESTORS ARE PRESSING ACTIVIST HEDGE FUNDS TO TAKE INTEREST IN STOCK-SOURCES.

  • The Los Angeles- based firm, whose co-founder Jeffrey Gundlach is renowned investor Bill Gross's fiercest rival in the bond market, said the DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund, the firm's largest fund by total assets, also saw inflows in March. The DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund, with $45.8 billion in assets under management, invests primarily in...

  • *Dan Cochran steps down as chief of staff. NEW YORK, April 1- Two members of UBS AG's Wealth Management Americas' executive committee have stepped down, while Robert McCann, the Swiss bank's most senior executive in the United States, is among six officials whose titles have changed from chief executive to president. Dan Cochran, 68, who joined in 2010 to coordinate...

  • April 1- California's state treasurer sent a stern letter to the state's teachers' pension fund on Wednesday, asking that the fund's managing partner, Cerberus Capital Management, fully divest from the assault weapon manufacturer, Freedom Group. Chiang asked that Cerberus' leadership attend CalSTRS' Investment Committee meeting on Friday "to explain why the...

  • BOSTON, March 31- Billionaire Steven A. Cohen's investments gained 7.5 percent in the first three months of 2015, according to a person familiar with the numbers, helping the former hedge fund manager extend his string of market-beating returns. The average hedge fund has gained 2.18 percent this year, research firm Hedge Fund Research reported.

  • WASHINGTON/ ZURICH, March 31- Swiss bank BSI has become the first of what is expected to be several dozen Switzerland- based private banks to reach a deal under a voluntary disclosure programme for tax-related offenses being run by the U.S. Department of Justice. Under a non-prosecution agreement signed on Monday, Lugano-based BSI will pay a $211 million penalty...

  • LONDON, March 31- Elliott Advisors, the rebel shareholder seeking a boardroom shake-up at Alliance Trust, rejected the trust's defence of its performance, costs and dividend policy on Tuesday, and reiterated calls for the election of three new directors. Using data from third parties including AIC, Bloomberg and MSCI, Elliott said that over all relevant return...

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- Hedge fund mogul William Ackman, who has spent more than two years accusing Herbalife Ltd of running a pyramid scheme, said on Monday that shutting down the company is "one of the most important things" he can do. Speaking at a meeting of the Council of Institutional Investors' in Washington, Ackman said again that Herbalife has caused "enormous...

  • Ackman says shutting Herbalife down is key to him Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 4:45 PM ET

    BOSTON, March 30- Hedge fund mogul William Ackman, who has spent more than two years accusing Herbalife Ltd of running a pyramid scheme, said on Monday that shutting down the company is the most important thing he can do. Speaking at a meeting of the Council of Institutional Investors' in Washington, Ackman said again that Herbalife preys on a "vulnerable population"...

  • *Pension funds move some hedge funds into equity portfolios. *Seeking protection from overheated equity markets. LONDON, March 30- Pension schemes are changing their attitudes to hedge funds, bringing some into their mainstream equity portfolios in order to access products that offer protection in overheated markets.

  • PARIS, March 30- U.S. hedge fund P. Schoenfeld Asset Management has accused French media group Vivendi of giving too much leeway to chairman and largest shareholder Vincent Bollore to boost his stake at "undervalued prices". PSAM, which says it owns 0.8 percent of Vivendi, is trying to rally other shareholders to vote for two resolutions at an upcoming annual...

  • NEW YORK, March 30- Fidelity Investments, a major investor in DuPont, has put pressure on activist fund Trian Fund Management LP and the chemical conglomerate to reach a settlement in what it sees as a detrimental proxy fight, according to people close to the matter. Fidelity, whose 2.5 percent stake makes it DuPont's sixth largest shareholder, has not publicly...

  • SHANGHAI, March 30- China's once-struggling mutual fund industry is riding high on the country's surging stock market, with new funds snapped up in days by investors who long shunned shares as too risky. This marks a success for policymakers working to build confidence in equities and a relief for China's fund management industry. In January and February, 75...

  • Chevron exits Caltex Australia stake for $3.7 bln Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 10:35 PM ET

    PERTH, March 28- U.S. energy giant Chevron sold its entire stake in refiner Caltex Australia Ltd for A $4.7 billion in Asia's biggest block deal this year, as falling oil prices and high costs hurt margins. Offshore institutional investor demand for the 50 percent stake in Australia's biggest refiner was strong, with bidding driving the final price to A $35 a share,...

  • CORRECTED- ARGENTINA'S SECURITIES REGULATOR SAYS ACTION AGAINST CITIBANK ARGENTINA IS DUE TO AGREEMENT WITH LITIGATING U.S.

  • They're not inclined to cut anyone else's salary, "said Barney Frank, the retired Massachusetts congressman, in a recent telephone interview. Frank cited leaders of top asset managers including BlackRock Inc, Vanguard Group and Fidelity Investments, which are often among the largest shareholders of S&P 500 companies. A spokesman for BlackRock said its team...

  • Franc fallout sparks prime broking shake-out Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 11:19 AM ET

    The market's biggest player, Citigroup, has rationalised its client base, jettisoning a number of smaller customers, and rival top level banks have proved reticent in providing them with an alternative home, several market sources said. Other major players include Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas, JP Morgan and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "Unless someone like JP...