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  • *Deal could attract Middle Easterners to Africa. DUBAI/ LAGOS, Sept 4- Qatar National Bank on Thursday bought a 12.5 percent stake in Ecobank for about $200 million, its latest purchase in a drive to be the biggest bank in the Middle East and Africa by 2017..

  • TOKYO, Sept 4- Japan's new welfare minister tasked with reforming the country's $1.2 trillion pension fund is a Harvard- educated former central banker with a sharp sense of the reforms that markets want to see and a willingness to buck the system.

  • *Sinopec plans largest coal-to-gas project in China. BEIJING, Sept 4- Sinopec Corp is pushing ahead with plans to build China's largest plant to convert coal into synthetic gas, shaking off worries the $10 billion scheme could be hit by cost overruns that have dogged similar projects.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, euro dip ahead of ECB meeting Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 4:32 AM ET

    *MSCI ex-Japan Asia shares retreat from 7- year high. LONDON, Sept 4- A month-long march higher for European and Asian stock markets stalled on Thursday on concerns the European Central Bank will do nothing immediate at its meeting later in the day to address a deteriorating economic outlook.

  • TORONTO, Sept 3- Manulife Financial Corp said on Wednesday it has agreed to acquire the Canadian operations of Standard Life Plc for about C $4 billion in cash, in a deal that significantly expands the insurer's presence in Quebec.

  • TOKYO, Sept 3- Investors may have jumped the gun when they bought Japanese stocks and sold the yen on news that a proponent of an overhaul of Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund will be in charge of the ministry that oversees the mammoth fund.

  • "It's another example of just how bad things are in the consumer credit sector," said Nic Norman-Smith, chief investment officer of Lentus Asset Management, which owns shares in JD Group's parent, Steinhoff International.

  • *Warren Buffett flags support for' passive' investing. LONDON, Aug 31- Warren Buffett built a fortune of nearly $60 billion from astute stock picking, but when the 83- year-old dies, the vast majority of the money he leaves his wife will be parked in a fund that simply moves in step with an index.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 29- Some hedge funds seem to have missed out on this week's big rally in U.S. natural gas, cutting bullish bets on the fuel before prices hit six-week highs, government data suggested on Friday.

  • TORONTO, Aug 28- Toronto-Dominion Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce reported higher third-quarter earnings on Thursday, extending a trend of buoyant capital markets boosting investment banking and trading profits at the country's big lenders.

  • UPDATE 1-CIBC reports stronger third-quarter profit Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 6:49 AM ET

    TORONTO, Aug 28- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce reported a higher third-quarter profit on Thursday, helped by strong gains at its wealth management and investment dealer divisions. Canada's 5th largest lender said its net income rose to C $921 million, or C $2.26 per share in the quarter ended July 31, from C $878 million, or C $2.13 a year earlier.

  • CIBC reports stronger third-quarter profit Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 6:17 AM ET

    TORONTO, Aug 28- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce reported a higher third-quarter profit on Thursday, helped by strong gains at its wealth management and investment dealer divisions. Canada's 5th largest lender said its net income rose to C $921 million, or C $2.26 per share in the quarter ended July 31, from C $878 million, or C $2.13 a year earlier.

  • SAFT ON WEALTH-Serving clients, not beating markets Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 4:17 PM ET

    Aug 27- It may be that the future of wealth management lies not in beating the market but in helping the client beat her true opponent: herself.

  • UPDATE 1-ECB hires BlackRock to help develop ABS plan Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 12:21 PM ET

    BlackRock, the world's largest money manager, will provide advice on the design and implementation of a potential ABS purchase program, but all final decisions will be taken by the ECB itself, the spokesman said.

  • TORONTO, Aug 27- National Bank of Canada, the country's sixth-largest lender, reported a stronger-than-expected profit on Wednesday, helped by a sharp jump in earnings at its wealth management and financial markets arms.

  • TORONTO, Aug 27- National Bank of Canada, the country's sixth-largest lender, reported a stronger quarterly profit on Wednesday, helped by a sharp jump in earnings at its wealth management and financial markets arms.

  • National Bank of Canada reports stronger quarterly profit Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:34 AM ET

    TORONTO, Aug 27- National Bank of Canada, the country's sixth-largest lender, reported a stronger quarterly profit on Wednesday, helped by a sharp jump in earnings at its wealth management and financial markets arms.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 27- Brazilian presidential candidate Aecio Neves said on Wednesday hedge fund founder and former central bank chief Arminio Fraga would be his finance minister if he wins an Oct. 5 election.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 27- China's foreign investment mix is changing, with portfolio investors buying more stocks but foreign direct investment falling to a two-year low on a slowing economy, rising business costs and anti-monopoly probes and crackdowns on foreign firms.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK, Aug 26- Investors are looking over portfolios to make room for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings Inc's market debut next month- and that means some less attractive stocks that funds are holding might be shown the door.