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  • *Long-term structural problems in emerging markets remain. LONDON, April 11- Institutional investors are being selective in their return to emerging markets after a heavy sell-off, as there are too many pitfalls for a long-term portfolio to make a winning strategy out of simply buying cheap.

  • LONDON, April 11- A shift by investors' back into emerging market assets gathered pace over the last week, with China and Russia seeing some of the biggest demand as EM inflows reached their highest rate in over a year.

  • In total, SAC Capital has agreed to pay $1.8 billion to resolve criminal and civil probes into insider trading. SAC Capital also agreed to be placed on probation for five years, and employ a compliance consultant, former federal prosecutor Bart Schwartz.

  • TORONTO/ VANCOUVER, April 10- Goldcorp Inc raised its hostile takeover offer for Osisko Mining Corp on Thursday, squeaking above a white knight bid by Yamana Gold Inc and heightening a bidding war that has helped inject life into a depressed gold mining sector.

  • BOSTON, April 10- Fidelity Investments said on Thursday it is exploring the creation of a new trading venue with other asset managers, as U.S. regulators investigate the controversial practice of high-frequency trading.

  • Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds - WSJ Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:57 AM ET

    April 10- Several large hedge funds doubled down on Puerto Rico in last month's giant bond sale despite the U.S. territory's financial struggles, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing confidential documents reviewed by the newspaper.

  • U.S. commodity ETFs fall for fifth quarter -Lipper Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 3:35 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 9- U.S. retail and institutional investors pulled cash from broad commodity exchange-traded funds for a fifth straight quarter even as coffee, natural gas and hogs prices had their best run in years, data from Thomson Reuters Lipper showed on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, April 8- A U.S. judge on Tuesday raised a series of questions about a proposed $1.2 billion insider trading accord with billionaire Steven Cohen's investment firm, formerly known as SAC Capital Advisors, in advance of its sentencing on Thursday.

  • Noting the rocketing growth of the global asset management industry, which is on track to more than quadruple in size by 2050 to $400 trillion, Bank of England executive director for financial stability Andy Haldane argued that funds may require closer and tighter supervision by regulators.

  • BOSTON, April 8- Hedge fund Coatue Management plans to return as much as 35 percent of its assets to investors this summer after its $7 billion flagship ballooned in size.

  • BOSTON, April 7- Hedge fund manager John Paulson's returns dipped in March, hurt in part by losses in the gold market, two people familiar with the numbers told Reuters on Monday. The Paulson Advantage Plus Fund dipped 7.4 percent last month, cutting its year-to-date gains to 2.6 percent.

  • Harvard adopts 'responsible investment' principles Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 3:15 PM ET

    BOSTON, April 7- Harvard University said on Monday it adopted a set of environmental and social investing principles backed by the United Nations for its huge endowment fund, a move that could add pressure on companies in its portfolio to make more disclosures on areas like carbon emissions.

  • The SEC regularly examines a wide range of financial institutions including brokerages and clearing houses to ensure compliance with federal securities laws. The SEC already has examiners who specialize in funds, but historically the agency has focused on public asset managers such as mutual funds that have been highly regulated since 1940..

  • NEW YORK, April 6- BlackRock Inc, the world's largest money manager, is reorganizing its senior management, shifting at least 10 senior executives into new or different roles, according to an internal memo seen by Reuters on Sunday.

  • Wall St Week Ahead-Momentum names may see more pain Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 9:04 PM ET

    Familiar names such as Netflix, Facebook and Tesla Motors, along with a number of biotechnology and cloud-computing stocks, have been pummeled in the last month. Facebook Inc, for example, has fallen nearly 22 percent from an intraday record reached less than a month ago.

  • Seni Adetu MD Guinness Nigeria Manu Chairman Comcraft Group. Mustafa CEO Asset Management Chike-Obi Corporation of Nigeria Bob CEO Safaricom Collymore Telecommunications Sani Vice President Dangote Flour Mills. Margaret CEO Rest of Africa Sanlam Emerging Markets.

  • Loeb urges Sotheby's shareholders to back his slate Friday, 4 Apr 2014 | 1:32 PM ET

    BOSTON, April 4- Hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb on Friday urged Sotheby's investors to support his board slate, arguing he and his fellow nominees would be better able to reinvigorate the auction house from within after years of poor governance.

  • TOKYO, April 4- Japan's $1.26 trillion public pension fund said on Friday it has selected 14 new active managers to supervise its domestic equities investment and added more benchmarks to its strategy.

  • *NYSE stock positions using leverage hit record high. LONDON/ PARIS, April 4- Hedge funds are borrowing record amounts of money to fund bets that stock markets will continue rising, creating conditions that could accelerate price falls if those leveraged positions are hurriedly closed.

  • *Portugal leads periphery rally after QE talk. "This is the beginning of the end of the sovereign debt crisis for Greece," said Jason Manolopoulos, managing partner at Dromeus Capital, an asset manager which holds Greek bonds. Greece hired a group of banks to manage the sale of a 2 billion euro five-year bond on Thursday, Thomson Reuters market service IFR reported.