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  • BOSTON, Dec 4- Most hedge fund investors polled by Goldman Sachs plan to pull some cash from their current managers in the coming months, with the majority citing poor performance as the reason, according to results of a survey seen by Reuters. The vast majority of that cash, which could amount to more than $100 billion, would likely go to another hedge fund manager...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 4- U.S. Treasuries investors are focused on the wide difference in yields between European government bonds and higher-paying Treasuries, especially among long maturities, according to Dan Heckman, senior fixed income strategist, at U.S. Bank Wealth Management in Kansas City.

  • European shares near seven-year highs ahead of ECB Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 7:08 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 4- European stocks rose on Thursday, with a benchmark index hovering near a seven-year high, helped by expectations the European Central Bank will embark on a sovereign bond-buying program in coming months to boost the economy. "The ECB will probably launch a quantitative easing program at some point," said Patrick Mange, head of emerging markets...

  • TORONTO, Dec 4- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce reported a weaker fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, hurt by the loss of some credit card revenue and softer results at its wholesale banking division. Canada's fifth-largest lender said its net income fell to C $811 million, or C $1.98 per share, in the quarter ended Oct. 31, from C $825 million, or C $2.02, a year...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 4- Blackstone Group LP's No. 2 executive Tony James is considering taking a role outside the world's largest alternative asset manager, including seeking a top job in a future U.S. government, according to people familiar with his thinking. The move would be the biggest change in Blackstone's leadership since co-founder and Chief Executive Stephen...

  • SAO PAULO, Dec 3- Credit Suisse Group AG plans to open a hedge fund in Brazil called Gauss next year to offer new investment alternatives for clients, such as volatility arbitrage, executives said on Wednesday. The hedge fund, named after "the prince of mathematicians" Carl Gauss, will be managed by Fabio Okumura, former head of proprietary trading at Itaú Unibanco...

  • SAO PAULO, Dec 3- Credit Suisse Group AG plans to open a hedge fund in Brazil called Gauss next year to offer new investment alternatives for clients, such as volatility arbitrage, executives said on Wednesday. The hedge fund, named after "the prince of mathematicians" Carl Gauss, will be managed by Fabio Okumura, the former head of proprietary trading at Itaú...

  • TORONTO, Dec 3- Royal Bank of Canada reported a stronger fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday as gains at its core personal and commercial banking and wealth management businesses offset weakness at its capital markets arm. Canada's largest bank reported net income of C $2.3 billion, or C $1.57 a share on a fully diluted basis, for the fourth-quarter ended Oct. 31,...

  • TORONTO, Dec 3- Royal Bank of Canada reported a stronger fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday as gains at its core personal and commercial banking and wealth management businesses offset weakeness at its capital markets arm. Canada's largest bank reported net income of C $2.3 billion, or C $1.57 a share, for the fourth-quarter ended Oct. 31, compared with C $2.1...

  • TORONTO, Dec 3- Royal Bank of Canada reported a stronger fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday, helped by double-digit earnings gains at its wealth management arm. Canada's largest bank reported net income of C $2.3 billion, or C $1.57 a share, for the fourth-quarter ended Oct. 31, compared with C $2.1 billion, or C $1.40 a share, a year earlier. The bank said cash diluted...

  • The fund, run by ex- Credit Suisse traders George "Beau" Taylor and Trevor Woods, runs a diversified energy-related portfolio, but the slump in oil prices to five-year lows after the OPEC meeting was a key driver, the sources said. Pierre Andurand, founder of the BlueGold fund that had gigantic gains during the 2008 oil market slump, made 18 percent last month at his...

  • Treasuries fell on Tuesday, with prices pressured by a Wall Street rally and institutional investors readying for a $6 billion corporate bond deal from leading retailer Amazon. "Today was primarily about the rebound in equity prices," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut. "There is a lot of corporate issuance...

  • Calgary, Alberta- based Mawer Investment Management Ltd has C $26 billion in assets under management, up from just C $5 billion in 2008.. "We have obviously a lot of clients in Canada that want to have a portion of their investments in Canadian dollars, so we do," Mawer President Michael Mezei told Reuters. Its large-cap Canadian Equity Fund has outperformed the...

  • *Saipem, Salzgitter slide as Russia scraps pipeline project. BP featured among the top gainers, up 3.6 percent, with several traders citing market talk of a takeover bid from rival Royal Dutch Shell. Shares in Italian oil services group Saipem and German steelmaker Salzgitter bucked the trend, tumbling 8.6 percent and 8 percent respectively after Russia...

  • Nelson Peltz resigns from Legg Mason board Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 6:45 PM ET

    Dec 1- Activist investor Nelson Peltz resigned from the board at Legg Mason Inc to focus on other commitments, the asset manager said on Monday. Peltz, Chief Executive and a founding partner of Trian Fund Management LP, was chairman of Legg Mason's corporate governance committee. Under Chief Executive Joseph Sullivan, who took charge in February 2013, Legg Mason...

  • Stock markets could gain despite Big Oil's pain Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 1- Despite hundreds of billions of dollars wiped off energy company shares since June by the slide in oil prices to a five-year low, there are reasons to be cheerful about the likely future impact on global stock markets. If current prices hold through 2015, global GDP growth could rise by around 0.3 percentage points, or around $250 billion, according...

  • Third Point steps up pressure on Dow Chemical Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 7:29 PM ET

    Hedge fund Third Point is considering launching a proxy contest at Dow Chemical after negotiations over board seats broke down on Thursday.

  • Hedge funds poised to pile into China via 'connect' Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 6:20 PM ET

    When the landmark Hong Kong-Shanghai equity link debuts on Monday, hedge funds are expected to plunge into mainland shares.

  • Russell Investments, Ft. Lauderdale fund ax Pimco Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 8:49 AM ET
    Bill Gross

    Russell Investments and the Fort Lauderdale Police & Fire Retirement System dropped PIMCO as their bond portfolios manager following the exit of Bill Gross.

  • Goldman Sachs in talks to buy ETF provider: Sources Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 11:37 PM ET

    Goldman Sachs is in discussions to acquire IndexIQ, an exchange-traded fund provider, according to three sources familiar with the situation.