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  • SAO PAULO, Nov 23- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's new, still unconfirmed economic team is preparing budget cuts for 2015 that will be announced next week, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported on Sunday. Three of the country's leading newspapers reported on Friday that Rousseff will appoint Joaquim Levy, head of the asset management arm of Brazil's...

  • BRASILIA, Nov 21- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will name banker Joaquim Levy as her new finance minister, three leading newspapers reported on Friday, signaling a shift toward more market-friendly policies that could breathe life into a stagnant economy. Levy, head of the asset management arm of Brazil's second largest private bank Bradesco SA and a...

  • LONDON, Nov 21- British insurer Aviva said on Friday it had agreed terms on a possible deal to buy rival Friends Life for 5.6 billion pounds, as British pension reform puts pressure on insurance companies to find new business. Aviva's all-share offer of 0.74 shares for every Friends Life share implies a 15 percent premium to the closing price on Friday.

  • LONDON, Nov 21- Investment chiefs at the world's biggest asset managers this week unanimously forecast a stronger dollar in 2015, but they were far more cautious than many big banks on how far it would rise against the euro. Six months into a long-awaited rally for the dollar, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank are among those predicting that this is just the start of...

  • SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, Nov 21- Respected Brazilian banking executive Joaquim Levy is among three finalists to become the country's next finance minister, and President Dilma Rousseff could announce her pick later on Friday, a government official said. Levy is chief executive officer of Bradesco Asset Management, an arm of Banco Bradesco SA, the nation's...

  • *Buffett's Berkshire, Novartis, Givaudan doing well. But good news is emerging now for those who prefer safer strategies: some of the best returns this year have come from stable stocks like billionaire Warren Buffett's holding company Berkshire Hathaway or Swiss toilet maker Geberit. "Investors are ready to invest on the equity market but under the condition...

  • Nov 20- Renowned oil trader Andy Hall's hedge fund Astenbeck Capital Management had a 5 percent loss in October, after performing reasonably well the prior two months amid tumbling oil prices, according to a letter to investors from Hall. Westport, Connecticut- based Astenbeck, which manages approximately $3 billion, is now up 6 percent on the year, Hall said in the...

  • Nov 20- Bill Gross just got a huge vote of confidence from legendary investor George Soros. Soros Fund Management LLC, which Soros chairs, has invested $500 million in an account run by Gross at Janus Capital Group Inc, the Denver- based firm said on its website on Thursday. Soros Fund Management approached Gross after he resigned from Pimco in late September, a...

  • Nov 20- Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest alternative asset manager, said it will buy residential assets in Japan from GE Japan Corp for more than 190 billion yen. The business owns and operates more than 200 residential properties in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. "This transaction supports our global strategy to reduce our equity book as we continue to...

  • 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...