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  • Morgan Stanley realigns wealth management -memo Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 2:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 3- Morgan Stanley, the biggest U.S. brokerage firm with more than 16,000 financial advisers, elevated Sara Furber to a new position as head of corporate and institutional wealth management and wealth management strategy, the company said in an internal memo on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, March 2- DoubleLine Funds, an investment firm that has been a major competitor to bond fund Pimco, on Monday reported a net inflow of $1.59 billion in February, compared with a record net inflow in January of $3.04 billion. The Los Angeles- based firm, co-founded by Jeffrey Gundlach, said the DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund, the firm's largest fund by total...

  • "We believe that Webster is now trading at an over $1 billion discount to fair value," the New York- based fund wrote in a letter sent to Webster Chief Executive Officer James Smith and seen by Reuters. Kerrisdale began accumulating its 2 million shares, or roughly 2 percent stake, in Webster in January, founder Sahm Adrangi told Reuters. Connecticut- based Webster...

  • JOHANNESBURG, March 2- Angola's central bank will probably have to devalue the kwanza and raise interest rates this year as a sharp drop in oil prices saps foreign exchange supply, the Angolan unit of Africa- focused investment bank Imara Securities said on Monday. Oil-dependent Angola slashed $17 billion off its budget this year due to the drop in the price of...

  • ABU DHABI, March 2- The Kuwait Investment Office, the London branch office of sovereign wealth fund Kuwait Investment Authority, is gradually reducing its overweight stance on U.S. assets after keeping that position for seven years, its chief executive said on Monday. Osama al-Ayoub, speaking at a business conference in Abu Dhabi, also said the KIO was going...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- Emerging market stocks dipped on Friday but were heading for their third weekly gain in the last four as investors positioned for an extended era of cheap money ahead of the European Central Bank's looming bond-buying scheme. "There a bit of market pressure on Turkey," said Aberdeen Asset Management portfolio manager Viktor Szabo.

  • LONDON, Feb 25- A portfolio manger at PIMCO, the world's biggest bond investor, said on Wednesday fewer banks would be available to execute deals for asset managers in two years times, as regulation reduces the trading capabilities of many market makers. A lot of highly professional and experienced traders are being let go, "said Alex Struc, an executive vice...

  • TOKYO, Feb 27- Japan's Nikkei share average hit a fresh 15- year high on Friday on upbeat Japanese industrial output data, while the market awaited an announcement from the country's biggest pension fund on its latest asset allocations. The Nikkei share average ended 0.1 percent higher at 18,797.94 points, its best closing level since April 2000.

  • The Voya Corporate Leaders Trust Fund, now run by a unit of Voya Financial Inc bought equal amounts of stock in 30 major U.S. corporations in 1935 and hasn't picked a new stock since. Some of its holdings are unchanged, including DuPont, General Electric, Procter& Gamble and Union Pacific. Others were spun off from or acquired from original components, including...

  • Nikkei firms as output data fans optimism for recovery Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 9:26 PM ET

    *Financial shares leading gains, Orix up. TOKYO, Feb 27- Tokyo share prices hit a fresh 15- year high on Friday on upbeat Japanese industrial output data, while the market awaited an announcement from the country's biggest pension fund on its latest asset allocations. "It seems like there is no reason to sell other than to take profits," said Takashi Hiroki, chief...

  • Investors tell hedge funds they want lower fees -survey Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 5:12 PM ET

    BOSTON, Feb 26- Institutional investors are sending a strong message to hedge funds after last year's largely lackluster returns: charge us less and perform better. Nearly one quarter of 134 investors polled by Preqin Ltd said fees would be a key issue in 2015, the research group wrote in its first-half outlook, released on Thursday. Ever since the $300 billion...

  • *Porsche still faces other damage claims in Germany. Two dozen hedge funds, including Viking Global Investors, Glenhill Capital and Greenlight Capital, a year ago accused investment company Porsche SE of camouflaging a plan to acquire Volkswagen and secretly piling up a holding in Europe's largest automaker during 2008.. The case combining 1.36 billion...

  • Sears posts 11th straight quarterly loss Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:13 AM ET

    Feb 26- Sears Holdings Corp, owner of Sears department stores and the Kmart discount chain, reported its 11th straight quarterly loss as sales continued to tumble. The net loss attributable to Sears narrowed to $159 million, or $1.50 per share, in the quarter ended Jan. 31, from $358 million, or $3.37 per share, a year earlier. Sears, controlled by hedge fund manager...

  • "On balance it's our view that we consider the lawsuit, or the appeal, to be unpromising for several reasons," Gerhard Ruf, judge at the higher regional court in Stuttgart, said on Thursday ahead of a hearing of the case. Two dozen hedge funds, including Viking Global Investors, Glenhill Capital and Greenlight Capital, a year ago accused investment company Porsche SE...

  • MUNICH, Feb 26- German insurer Allianz raised its dividend by less than expected after earnings in its core property and casualty insurance businesses lagged and asset management stalled following client defections at its U.S. unit Pimco. Shares in Europe's largest insurer fell more than 3 percent on Thursday and were the biggest decliners in Germany's blue...

  • *Pension fund investment strategy also lifts sentiment- analysts SoftBank, Fast Retailing contribute half Nikkei gains. TOKYO, Feb 26- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 15- year high on Thursday morning after hedge funds were seen buying futures, while index-heavyweight stocks rose as investors' risk appetite improved on benign comments by Fed...

  • CARACAS, Feb 25- Venezuela will ask British bank HSBC Holdings PLC for a list of state officials who have accounts in its Swiss subsidiary, a prosecutor said on Wednesday, following media reports that Venezuelans were among the bank's leading clients. Venezuela and its citizens had some $14.8 billion in assets in HSBC's Swiss private banking arm in 2007, the...

  • WILMINGTON, Del., Feb 25- RadioShack Corp got approval on Wednesday from a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge to auction about 2,000 stores with an initial $200 million bid from the Standard General hedge fund. Wednesday's hearing was the first time the bankrupt company has put an estimated value on the sale agreement with Standard General, which will keep about half of...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 25- A former hedge fund manager who provided evidence for dozens of insider trading convictions, including that of Galleon Group hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam, avoided prison on Wednesday at his sentencing in Manhattan federal court. Thomas Hardin, who previously ran Lanexa Management LLC, pleaded guilty in 2010 to conspiracy and securities...

  • *Decline in Apple weighs on S&P and Nasdaq. NEW YORK, Feb 25- Wall Street lagged a rise in global markets on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq closing slightly lower even as energy shares gained along with a surge in oil prices. On Wall Street, a sharp drop in shares of Apple Inc took a toll on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, but the Dow marked another record closing high,...