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  • *UniCredit, Santander to hold around one third each of new entity. MILAN, Sept 23- Italian bank UniCredit SpA and Spain's Santander SA are in talks to merge their fund management businesses and create a European powerhouse overseeing some 350 billion euros of assets.

  • *UniCredit selling up to 50 pct stake in asset manager unit. Sept 23- Spanish bank Santander and Italian rival UniCredit are close to a deal to combine their asset management businesses to create a European fund managing powerhouse, sources close to the matter told Reuters.

  • Sept 23- OM Asset Management Ltd, a unit of Anglo-South African financial group Old Mutual Plc, is expected to raise about $374 million in its initial public offering.

  • Sept 23- OM Asset Management Ltd, a subsidiary of British insurer Old Mutual Plc, said it expects its initial public offering of 22 million shares to be priced between $15 and $17 each.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 22- Private equity firm Silver Lake is in advanced talks to acquire online photo-sharing service Shutterfly Inc for at least $2 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. Silver Lake has outbid other buyout firms in an auction for Shutterfly and is now negotiating the terms of an acquisition, the sources said.

  • TOKYO, Sept 22- Japanese government bond prices ended higher on Monday as some dealers covered their short positions after a fall in yields on German Bunds and U.S. Some domestic institutional investors bought long-term and super-long JGBs sporadically as they rolled over funds from a large number of JGBs that have just matured.

  • Will more pensions dump hedge funds? Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 12:00 AM ET
    The California Public Employees' Retirement System building in Sacramento, Calif.

    More pension funds consider divesting from hedge funds, due to poor performance and high costs. NYT reports.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- Merrill Lynch fired two veteran brokers from its Private Banking and Investment Group two weeks ago for guiding clients to invest in a hedge fund outside of the brokerage firm.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- Merrill Lynch summarily fired two veteran brokers from its elite Private Banking and Investment Group two weeks ago for guiding clients to invest in a hedge fund outside of the brokerage firm.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- The California State Teachers' Retirement System pension fund plans to nearly triple its investments in clean energy and technology to $3.7 billion over the next five years in a push toward low-carbon investments, the fund said on Friday.

  • Calif. teachers fund to boost clean energy bets Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 1:16 PM ET

    The California State Teachers' Retirement System says it plans to increase its investments in clean energy and technology to $3.7 billion, from $1.4 billion, over the next five years. CalSTRS CEO Jack Ehnes says the pension fund is seeing more opportunities in low-carbon projects and technologies.

  • Sept 18- Major institutional investors such as BlackRock will likely receive the bulk of roughly $22 billion worth of Alibaba Group Holdings shares being sold in an initial public offering set to price later on Thursday, people familiar with the situation said.

  • Sept 18- Big institutional investors like Blackrock will likely get the bulk of roughly $22 billion worth of Alibaba Group Holdings shares being sold in an initial public offering set to price later on Thursday, people familiar with the situation said.

  • Sept 17- The California Public Employees' Retirement System said Ted Eliopoulos would assume the role of chief investment officer at America's largest public pension fund. The $300 billion fund, known as Calpers, invests with firms including Och-Ziff Capital Management, Deepak Narula's Metacapital Management and Bain Capital's Brookside Capital.

  • CalPERS names Ted Eliopoulos chief investment officer Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:02 PM ET

    Sept 17- The California Public Employees' Retirement System said Ted Eliopoulos would assume the role of chief investment officer at the nation's largest public pension fund. The $300 billion fund, known as CalPERS, invests with firms including Och-Ziff Capital Management, Deepak Narula's Metacapital Management and Bain Capital's Brookside Capital.

  • BOSTON, Sept 17- Despite the recent rebuke of hedge funds by the influential California Public Employees' Retirement System, other investors are pumping billions into these portfolios, boosting industry assets to a record $3.1 trillion, data released on Wednesday show.

  • COPENHAGEN, Sept 17- European pension funds could become more, rather than less adventurous in their investment strategies after the European Union introduces tough new rules on capital requirements, if the experience of similar rules in Denmark is any pointer.

  • Sacramento- based Calpers said on Monday it was pulling about $4 billion from a total of 30 hedge funds it was invested in under its Absolute Return Strategies portfolio, citing costs and difficulty in maintaining the program. BlueTrend, owned by U.K.- based BlueCrest Capital Management, could not immediately be reached for comment.

  • Calpers exit could heap pressure on hedge fund fees Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 5:07 PM ET

    BOSTON, Sept 16- The California Public Employees Retirement System handed fellow U.S. pension funds a hefty club to beat down hedge fund fees and demand better returns this week when it voted to pull out of hedge funds entirely, investors said.

  • MALVERN, Pa., Sept 16- As U.S. investors race into Vanguard Group mutual and exchange-traded funds at breakneck speeds, the No. 1 mutual fund company's overseas operations have expanded at a comparative snail's pace.