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  • Peer KKR& Co LP reported a 17 percent decline in third-quarter pretax profit earlier this month, while Blackstone Group LP reported an 18 percent rise. This translated into post-tax ENI of 55 cents per adjusted unit in the third quarter of 2014, slightly ahead of the average analyst estimate of 54 cents in a Thomson Reuters poll. Asset sales included Beats...

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Japanese government bonds edged lower on Wednesday as investors took their cue from stronger equities and on news that Japan's $1.1- trillion public pension fund has reduced its holdings of JGBs. The Government Pension Investment Fund, the world's largest public pension, allowed domestic bonds to fall below half of its portfolio for the first...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 28- Hedge fund manager Jim Chanos, the prominent short-seller, said Tuesday he has lightened up on some of his bets against Brazil, saying most of the country's downside risk is priced in after the sharp selloff over the past two months. "I wouldn't be jumping wholeheartedly into the Brazil trade here," he said. Nevertheless, he added that he remains short...

  • LONDON, Oct 28- London Stock Exchange Group is aiming to list Chinese equity futures in London in the next stage of its plans to tap the world's second-largest economy, the bourse's chief executive told Reuters. Speaking at the Reuters China Summit on Tuesday, LSE Chief Executive Xavier Rolet said that a natural evolution of its strategy would be to develop...

  • Oct 27- BlackRock on Monday became the latest asset manager to lower fees on some of its bond funds in recent weeks. BlackRock's fee cut, which follows similar changes by Lord Abbett and OppenheimerFunds, comes after the high-profile departure of Bill Gross from Pacific Investment Management Co in late September and could help the firm capture some of the...

  • HONG KONG, Oct 27- Top Chinese asset manager Jack Wang said a long delay in launching a "through-train" stock connect scheme between Shanghai and Hong Kong could keep China's yuan-denominated A-shares out of the MSCI emerging markets index, but wouldn't derail China's long-term plan to liberalise its markets. But the scheme will not be launched in October as...

  • DUBAI, Oct 27- Capital outflows from Gulf Arab states have totalled only about $780 million since the U.S. Federal Reserve unveiled its plan to wind down asset purchases in May last year, a small fraction of the money leaving other emerging markets, according to a study by the International Monetary Fund. Combined bond and equity outflows from the six-nation Gulf...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 27- Most pension funds and other institutional investors worldwide expect to meet their five-year investment goals and are increasingly confident they can get there using traditional stocks and bonds, a survey showed on Monday. Among those surveyed, 91 percent of institutional investors said they expected to hit their targets in five years, up...

  • HONG KONG, Oct 27- The protracted delay of a stock connect scheme between Shanghai and Hong Kong will threaten the inclusion of China's benchmark A-shares in the MSCI emerging markets index, a top Chinese asset manager said on Monday. The Hong Kong- Shanghai connect scheme is a landmark project set to connect the equity markets in the two cities.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 24- The U.S. Treasury Department said on Friday it was tweaking its policy for retirement funds to encourage savers to buy annuities, a measure aimed to keep them from outliving their savings. The department and the Internal Revenue Service will let retirement funds offer long-term deferred annuities as a default investment in 401 retirement...

  • They are also profitable: In the third quarter, BlackRock Inc, the biggest provider of the funds, made $850 million in fees from its iShares ETFs, 30 percent of the $2.8 billion in revenue it reported. Last week, Janus Capital Group announced the acquisition of exchange-traded fund provider VelocityShares and Reuters exclusively reported last week that Goldman...

  • BOSTON, Oct 23- Janus Capital Group Inc said on Thursday that third-quarter profit rose 25 percent, but the mutual fund company posted more outflows of investor cash as the arrival of star bond manager Bill Gross came too late to reverse the trend. Best known for its equity funds, Denver- based Janus late last month hired Gross from Pacific Investment Management Co,...

  • FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct 23- A former senior Swiss bank executive on trial for federal tax evasion was a micro-manager intimately involved in efforts to deceive U.S. authorities, a former employee testified on Thursday. Martin Liechti, the former head of the wealth management division for the Americas at UBS, was testifying in Fort Lauderdale for a second day in...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- The biggest names in the U.S. mutual fund business are lagging the little guys in nearly every major domestic stock category over the last month, showing that some of the best-known portfolio managers didn't anticipate the October sell-off. Last year, for example, Dennis Lynch, head of the $2 billion Morgan Stanley Small Company Growth fund, was...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- Some very big investors are betting on an upswing in two problematic parts of the world right now, Europe and Japan, their confidence bolstered by the brisk money-printing from central banks in both regions. Standard Life Investments, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and Seven Investment Management are among those who believe in the potential...

  • FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct 23- A key witness in the federal tax evasion trial of a top Swiss bank executive took the stand on Thursday to testify against his former boss, Raoul Weil, who is accused of conspiring to conceal up to $20 billion in U.S. taxpayers' assets in secret offshore accounts. The former head of the wealth management division for the Americas at UBS,...

  • UPDATE 2-Higher advisory fees drive Lazard profit beat Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 10:13 AM ET

    Oct 23- Investment bank and asset manager Lazard Ltd reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as it earned more fees from advising on M&A deals amid a surge in cross-border transactions. German companies were at the forefront of a slew of large cross-border deals in September, such as the $17 billion takeover of U.S.-based Sigma-Aldrich Corp by...

  • Wall Street lifts European shares despite earnings drag Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    *Michelin and Unilever fall, flagging weak EM demand. EDINBURGH, Oct 23- European stocks edged higher in choppy trade on Thursday, buoyed by strength on Wall Street but hindered by weak corporate results from companies including French tyre-maker Michelin. Michelin and Unilever cited poor demand from emerging markets as the former cut its full-year revenue...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- Private equity firm KKR& Co LP reported a lower-than-expected 27 percent year-on-year drop in third-quarter profit on Thursday, as its holdings appreciated more than many analysts foresaw and it generated more cash by exiting its investments. KKR's steep earnings drop was driven by a lower appreciation of its private equity investments...

  • Oct 23- Investment bank and asset manager Lazard Ltd reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue due to a jump in M&A advisory fees and an increase in asset management revenue. Among the big deals Lazard advised on during the quarter were Siemens AG's $7.6 billion acquisition of oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand Group Inc and chemical...