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  • LONDON, Aug 12- Concerns over conflict in Iraq, Ukraine and Gaza, future U.S. interest rate policy and pumped-up equity markets have prompted asset managers to scale back risk and raise the amount of cash held in portfolios, a survey showed on Tuesday.

  • *RBS exploring sale of Coutts International. *Coutts International has come forward in U.S. tax probe.

  • *RBS exploring sale of Coutts International. *Coutts International has come forward in U.S. tax probe.

  • *RBS exploring sale of Coutts International. *Coutts International has come forward in U.S. tax probe.

  • ZURICH/ SINGAPORE, Aug 11- Royal Bank of Scotland is selling the international arm of its private bank in a deal that could be valued around $1 billion, sources said on Monday, as the British government leans on it to focus more on domestic lending.

  • SEATTLE, Aug 8- A former Microsoft Corp employee was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday for his part in an insider trading scheme that netted him and his partner more than $400,000. District Judge Marsha Pechman said in handing down the sentence in Seattle federal court.

  • The SEC in 2010 approved the rule, which prohibits investment advisers from making campaign contributions in the hope of being awarded lucrative contracts to manage public pension funds, a practice known as "pay to play". The SEC declined to comment on the lawsuit.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 8- Problems at Allianz's U.S. investment firm Pimco persisted in the second quarter as clients defected and margins slipped, posing a challenge for the chief executive of Europe's biggest insurer who aims to make a record group profit this year.

  • *Asset managers to accept proposals charging for orders. LONDON, Aug 8- Asset managers will agree to pay more for currency "fixing" services when they respond later this month to proposals by global regulators for reforms of foreign exchange benchmarks, industry sources said on Friday.

  • *Tensions with Russia start to bite into results.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 8- Problems at Allianz's U.S. investment firm Pimco persisted in the second quarter as clients defected and efficiency declined, posing a challenge to Europe's largest insurer evem though it remains on track for a record group profit in 2014..

  • NEW YORK, Aug 7- Former hedge fund manager Samuel Israel, who faked his own suicide to avoid prison after running a $450 million fraud, on Thursday failed to persuade a judge to shorten his 22- year sentence or set him free because prison officials are unable to treat his worsening health.

  • TORONTO, Aug 7- Manulife Financial Corp unexpectedly hiked its dividend for the first time since the financial crisis on Thursday, as it reported quarterly profits that jumped on stronger financial markets but was just shy of analysts' expectations.

  • *GPIF to cut JGB weighting to around 40 pct- sources. TOKYO, Aug 7- Japan's public pension fund, the world's largest at around $1.24 trillion, plans to boost the weighting of domestic stocks to more than 20 percent from a current 12 percent target, two people with knowledge of the allocation review said on Thursday.

  • LONDON, Aug 7- The yen sagged against the dollar on Thursday, coming under pressure from news that Japan's public pension fund plans to increase its allocation to the domestic stock market. All eyes in Europe will be on the European Central Bank's monthly news conference, starting at 1230 GMT, but the action overnight was all about the yen and the Australian dollar.

  • Aug 6- Prudential Financial Inc, the second-largest U.S. life insurer, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by higher asset management fees.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 6- Hedge funds, private equity funds and other alternative investments will command up to 40 percent of the asset management industry's global revenues by 2020 as investors seek them for safety and consistent returns, consulting firm McKinsey& Co said on Wednesday.

  • Aug 6- Apollo Global Management LLC said on Wednesday its second-quarter earnings fell 6 percent, missing most analysts' expectations, as it sold fewer of its private equity holdings while taxes and expenses rose. Blackstone Group LP, KKR& Co LP and Carlyle Group LP all posted bumper profits for the quarter.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 6- Hedge funds, private equity funds and other alternative investments will command up to 40 percent of the asset management industry's global revenues by 2020 as investors seek them for safety and consistent returns, consulting firm McKinsey& Co said on Wednesday.

  • *HKEx shares up 35 pct in 2014 on Shanghai stock connection. HONG KONG, Aug 6- Hong Kong Exchanges& Clearing Ltd will raise fees on the London Metal Exchange from Jan. 1 2015, HKEx said on Wednesday, as it battles costs from its acquisition of the LME and absorbs the London exchange's rising legal expenses.