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  • Nov 20- Bill Gross, of Janus Capital Management tweeted on Thursday that he was "honored" to manage a new unconstrained strategic account totaling $500 million for Soros Fund Management. According to Janus' website, Quantum Partners LP, a private investment vehicle managed by Soros Fund Management LLC, "has invested in a separate account managed by Bill Gross."

  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- Six years of interest rate suppression by the U.S. "The high-yield market is sort of in a bubble and sooner or later there will be a price paid for that," said Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor who said he owns credit default swaps on high yield debt against the 5- year U.S. Martin Fridson, chief investment officer of wealth management firm Lehmann...

  • Election, EU uncertainty to add risk to British markets Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    *Markets not yet pricing in possible UK exit from EU. "You can draw parallels between what happened with the Scottish referendum and UK exit," said Themis Themistocleous of UBS Wealth Management. "If suddenly the polls started swinging towards UK exit you most probably see that reflected more in the market."

  • Nov 19- A Houston- based wealth management firm must pay more than $3.8 million to a group of 19 ExxonMobil retirees who said the company mismanaged their investments and misled them about its trading strategy, according to a securities arbitration ruling. The ruling by a panel of three Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitrators found USCA Capital...

  • Nov 19- Hedge fund Livermore Partners is pushing for change at U.S. staffing services provider Volt Information Sciences Inc, setting the stage for a potential proxy battle if the company does not act on its demands. It also wants it to sell non-core assets and buy back stock, said David Neuhauser, Livermore's managing director. Volt's share price has...

  • TREASURIES-Yields rise as markets brace for Fed minutes Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 19- U.S. Treasuries were also pressured by the expected new issuance of Alibaba Group Holding's $8 billion corporate bond deal, traders said. Asset managers are selling Treasuries to make way for the Alibaba deal.

  • Nov 18- A Swiss banker charged in the United States last year with helping wealthy Americans avoid taxes said in a court filing on Tuesday that he wanted to fight the charges and asked a federal judge to consider his application for bail before he traveled to the United States. Stefan Buck, who remains in Switzerland and was head of private banking at Zurich- based...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- Several high-profile U.S. investors said on Tuesday that various parts of Latin America could outperform in the next year, but the region's largest economy, Brazil, could lag in 2015.. The sovereigns have certainly proven that, "said Luz Padilla, DoubleLine Capital's director of emerging markets fixed income, at the Reuters Global Investment...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 19- Blackstone Group LP has reached out to its biggest fund investors about investing in a new investment vehicle with a longer investment horizon than the typical 10- year private equity fund, according to people familiar with the matter. Blackstone is seeking as much as $2 billion apiece from five to six of its biggest public pension fund and...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- U.S. "The headline PPI is a little bit stronger, but what I think people are waiting for is whether there is any pass-through to consumers so we'll get to see that this Thursday when CPI comes out," said Dan Heckman, senior fixed income strategist, at U.S. Bank Wealth Management in Kansas City.

  • LONDON, Nov 18- Markets are overly worried about the U.S. Pascal Blanque, Chief Investment Officer at the $1.2 trillion Amundi Asset Management, sees a' low probability' of the Fed making its first rate rise in 9 years in 2015- despite consensus forecasts of a mid-year hike. What's more, investors needed to stay focused on the global liquidity pool, which is also being...

  • DUBAI, Nov 18- The Middle East's private equity market is trying to put its Wild West days behind it, drawing big international players for the first time since investors lost heavily when the global financial crisis hit the region. While most of the interest is focused on the stable Gulf Arab states, Western investors are still seeking risk premiums over markets...

  • investors in 2015- Northern Trust@. Wayne Bowers, head of asset management for EMEA and Asia at Northern Trust, said European markets could defy the "structural pessimism" of many investors, with central bank stimulus lifting asset prices even if the economic impact takes many months to filter through. On Japan, Bowers said that though economic data makes grim...

  • LONDON, Nov 17- Hedge funds have been badly wrong-footed by the slide in oil prices over the past five months, and by trying to turn their positions around have accelerated the rout. By the middle of June, hedge funds had a net long position in WTI-linked futures and options contracts equivalent to almost 413 million barrels of crude oil, according to the U.S....

  • BOSTON, Nov 14- Some of the hedge fund industry's most respected firms made bigger bets on a wide swatch of energy companies during the third quarter only to watch the stocks get pummeled by falling crude oil prices. Robert Citrone's Discovery Capital Management raised its holding in Texas oil driller Diamondback Energy by 20 percent to own 1.4 million shares...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- Hedge funds scooped up shares of China's Alibaba Group Holding in the third quarter, making the e-commerce giant one of the most commonly bought stocks among some of the biggest U.S. investors, according to regulatory filings on Friday. Among the institutional investors that took new stakes in Alibaba were Soros Fund Management, the hedge fund...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- Hedge funds scooped up shares of Chinese company Alibaba Group Holding in the third quarter, making the e-commerce giant one of the most commonly bought stocks among some of the country's biggest investors, according to regulatory filings on Friday. Among the institutional investors that took new stakes in Alibaba were Jana Partners, the $11...

  • PARIS, Nov 14- The French economy eked out 0.3 percent growth in the third quarter, the highest reading in over a year but not enough to lift the euro zone's second-largest economy out of its gloom nor fight rampant unemployment. We won't have a robust and lasting growth with that, "Natixis Asset Management chief economist Philippe Waechter said.

  • Third Point steps up pressure on Dow Chemical Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 7:29 PM ET

    Hedge fund Third Point is considering launching a proxy contest at Dow Chemical after negotiations over board seats broke down on Thursday.

  • BOSTON, Nov 13- Hedge fund Third Point is considering launching a proxy contest at Dow Chemical Co after negotiations over board seats with the largest U.S. chemical company broke down on Thursday, two sources familiar with the talks said. Third Point, one of Dow's biggest investors with a 2 percent stake, had been talking to the company for months and was told last...