BEIJING, Dec 23- New players in China's shadow banking sector are growing rapidly despite attempts to clamp down on opaque lending, taking advantage of a regulatory anomaly to prosper but also raising the risks of a build-up of debt in the slowing economy. Authorities have sought to rein in the riskiest elements of less-regulated lending after a series of...» Read More
Sept 17- The California Public Employees' Retirement System said Ted Eliopoulos would assume the role of chief investment officer at the nation's largest public pension fund. The $300 billion fund, known as CalPERS, invests with firms including Och-Ziff Capital Management, Deepak Narula's Metacapital Management and Bain Capital's Brookside Capital.
BOSTON, Sept 17- Despite the recent rebuke of hedge funds by the influential California Public Employees' Retirement System, other investors are pumping billions into these portfolios, boosting industry assets to a record $3.1 trillion, data released on Wednesday show.
COPENHAGEN, Sept 17- European pension funds could become more, rather than less adventurous in their investment strategies after the European Union introduces tough new rules on capital requirements, if the experience of similar rules in Denmark is any pointer.
Sacramento- based Calpers said on Monday it was pulling about $4 billion from a total of 30 hedge funds it was invested in under its Absolute Return Strategies portfolio, citing costs and difficulty in maintaining the program. BlueTrend, owned by U.K.- based BlueCrest Capital Management, could not immediately be reached for comment.
BOSTON, Sept 16- The California Public Employees Retirement System handed fellow U.S. pension funds a hefty club to beat down hedge fund fees and demand better returns this week when it voted to pull out of hedge funds entirely, investors said.
MALVERN, Pa., Sept 16- As U.S. investors race into Vanguard Group mutual and exchange-traded funds at breakneck speeds, the No. 1 mutual fund company's overseas operations have expanded at a comparative snail's pace.
FRANKFURT, Sept 16- U.S. buyout firm Blackstone is acquiring two office towers in Frankfurt, Germany, for a combined 350 million euros to bolster its real estate business, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
Sept 15- The California Public Employees' Retirement System, the largest U.S. pension fund, said on Monday that it will pull all $4 billion it has invested in hedge funds because it finds them too costly and complicated.
Sept 15- Calpers, the largest U.S. pension system, said on Monday it has scrapped its hedge fund program and will pull about $4 billion in its investments from 30 such funds.
PARIS, Sept 15- European shares slipped on Monday, with stocks trading in a narrow range before Scotland votes on independence and the Federal Reserve holds it latest policy meeting, both events that are due later this week.
Sept 15- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd could have sold nearly $2 billion worth of stock without lifting a finger. One of the sources said that Alibaba eventually was satisfied that Nasdaq had solved the issue and chose NYSE because its overall pitch was better.
The total AUM of emerging market funds tracked by the Boston- based EPFR Global consultancy had risen to $1.4 trillion from $900 million before the Lehman crisis, it added. While these amounts are dwarfed by the AUM of funds dedicated to the United States or Europe, they are large relative to emerging stock and bond markets.
NEW YORK, Sept 12- The recent wobbly stretch in both stocks and bonds may persist for the short term if the U.S. "If investors feel the Fed is becoming more hawkish, that's actually a negative for all asset classes with the exception of the dollar," said Chris Gaffney, senior market strategist at EverBank Wealth Management in St. Louis, Missouri.
Sept 11- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn's son, Brett Icahn, has scrapped plans to start his own hedge fund firm and will continue staying with his father's firm, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters on Thursday.
NEW YORK, Sept 11- The highly anticipated debut of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the Chinese e-commerce group, will come amid the busiest year for initial public offerings since the technology bubble burst in 2000.. Alibaba's IPO, which could come as soon as Sept. 19, could raise more than $21 billion and claim Facebook Inc's title of biggest tech IPO.
NEW YORK, Sept 10- A New York state pension fund has given Goldman Sachs Group Inc $2 billion to invest with outside managers, Goldman and the fund said in a statement on Wednesday, a first for a fund that has traditionally picked managers itself.
LONDON, Sept 10- London Stock Exchange Group said on Wednesday that its shareholders have approved the company's planned $2.7 billion takeover of U.S. index compiler and asset management firm Frank Russell.
Telecom was the weakest group of the day, down about 1 percent, pressured as Verizon Communications lost 1.2 percent to trade at $48.94. Amazon.com Inc also pressured the broader market, falling 2.1 percent to $335.11.
"Right now we're in the same playbook we've been all year, where we hit a new high, consolidate for a week or so, and then march higher to another record," says Chris Bouffard, chief investment officer at the Mutual Fund Store in Kansas City, Missouri, which has $9 billion in assets under management.
LONDON, Sept 9- At the heart of the debate about whether or not Scotland can prosper as an independent country, ahead of a vote on Sept. 18, is the issue of what would happen to its financial services industry.