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  • BRASILIA, Nov 21- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will name banker Joaquim Levy as her new finance minister, three leading newspapers reported on Friday, signaling a shift toward more market-friendly policies that could breathe life into a stagnant economy. Levy, head of the asset management arm of Brazil's second largest private bank Bradesco SA and a...

  • LONDON, Nov 21- British insurer Aviva said on Friday it had agreed terms on a possible deal to buy rival Friends Life for 5.6 billion pounds, as British pension reform puts pressure on insurance companies to find new business. Aviva's all-share offer of 0.74 shares for every Friends Life share implies a 15 percent premium to the closing price on Friday.

  • LONDON, Nov 21- Investment chiefs at the world's biggest asset managers this week unanimously forecast a stronger dollar in 2015, but they were far more cautious than many big banks on how far it would rise against the euro. Six months into a long-awaited rally for the dollar, Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank are among those predicting that this is just the start of...

  • SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, Nov 21- Respected Brazilian banking executive Joaquim Levy is among three finalists to become the country's next finance minister, and President Dilma Rousseff could announce her pick later on Friday, a government official said. Levy is chief executive officer of Bradesco Asset Management, an arm of Banco Bradesco SA, the nation's...

  • *Buffett's Berkshire, Novartis, Givaudan doing well. But good news is emerging now for those who prefer safer strategies: some of the best returns this year have come from stable stocks like billionaire Warren Buffett's holding company Berkshire Hathaway or Swiss toilet maker Geberit. "Investors are ready to invest on the equity market but under the condition...

  • French investigate HSBC over possible tax dodging Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 7:38 AM ET

    PARIS— HSBC bank was placed under formal investigation in France over services it offered to clients required to pay taxes in France, just days after the private banking branch was charged in Belgium with organized fiscal fraud. Switzerland- based HSBC Private Bank said Friday that French investigators demanded a 50 million euro bond. HSBC said the...

  • Nov 20- Renowned oil trader Andy Hall's hedge fund Astenbeck Capital Management had a 5 percent loss in October, after performing reasonably well the prior two months amid tumbling oil prices, according to a letter to investors from Hall. Westport, Connecticut- based Astenbeck, which manages approximately $3 billion, is now up 6 percent on the year, Hall said in the...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- Brokerage firm Wedbush Securities will pay a $2.44 million penalty and admit to wrongdoing to settle civil charges over shoddy risk controls that let thousands of overseas traders gain access to U.S. markets, federal regulators said. Wedbush's settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday was widely anticipated...

  • Nov 20- Bill Gross just got a huge vote of confidence from legendary investor George Soros. Soros Fund Management LLC, which Soros chairs, has invested $500 million in an account run by Gross at Janus Capital Group Inc, the Denver- based firm said on its website on Thursday. Soros Fund Management approached Gross after he resigned from Pimco in late September, a...

  • Nov 20- Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest alternative asset manager, said it will buy residential assets in Japan from GE Japan Corp for more than 190 billion yen. The business owns and operates more than 200 residential properties in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. "This transaction supports our global strategy to reduce our equity book as we continue to...

  • Nov 20- Bill Gross, of Janus Capital Management tweeted on Thursday that he was "honored" to manage a new unconstrained strategic account totaling $500 million for Soros Fund Management. According to Janus' website, Quantum Partners LP, a private investment vehicle managed by Soros Fund Management LLC, "has invested in a separate account managed by Bill Gross."

  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- Six years of interest rate suppression by the U.S. "The high-yield market is sort of in a bubble and sooner or later there will be a price paid for that," said Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor who said he owns credit default swaps on high yield debt against the 5- year U.S. Martin Fridson, chief investment officer of wealth management firm Lehmann...

  • Election, EU uncertainty to add risk to British markets Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    *Markets not yet pricing in possible UK exit from EU. "You can draw parallels between what happened with the Scottish referendum and UK exit," said Themis Themistocleous of UBS Wealth Management. "If suddenly the polls started swinging towards UK exit you most probably see that reflected more in the market."

  • Harvard sued over push for fossil fuels divestment Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    BOSTON— Seven Harvard University students have filed a lawsuit asking a judge to force the university's governing body to divest from fossil fuel companies. The complaint asks the court to compel the Harvard Corporation, the governing body, to stop investing any of its $36.4 billion endowment in gas, coal and oil companies. In a letter to the Harvard community in...

  • Nov 20- Goldman Sachs Group Inc said it fired two staff after a junior employee passed confidential information from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, his former employer, to a senior colleague in the investment bank. Goldman said the incident on Sept. 26 was immediately reported to its compliance team, regulators and the New York Fed and an internal...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 19- Goldman Sachs will wind down its small uranium trading business after failing to find a buyer and may sell its Colombian coal mine subsidiary, two of its most controversial commodity divisions, according to a Senate report released on Wednesday. It included a lengthy summary of Goldman's activities in the niche uranium market, which began when...

  • Brookfield halts plan to buy Atlantic City's Revel Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:09 PM ET
    The Revel Casino in Atlantic City on July 30, 2014.

    Brookfield is abandoning its plan to buy the former Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City.

  • Nov 19- A Houston- based wealth management firm must pay more than $3.8 million to a group of 19 ExxonMobil retirees who said the company mismanaged their investments and misled them about its trading strategy, according to a securities arbitration ruling. The ruling by a panel of three Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitrators found USCA Capital...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 19- Goldman Sachs will wind down its small uranium trading business after failing to find a buyer and may sell its Colombian coal mine subsidiary, two of its most controversial commodity divisions, according to a new Senate report released on Wednesday. It included a lengthy summary of Goldman's activities in the niche uranium market, which began...

  • Morgan Stanley's oil trading desk, the largest of the five divisions within its commodities business, recorded net revenue of $676 million in 2012, half as much as 2008, according to a submission cited in the committee's 400- page report. And Goldman Sachs saw its global commodity net revenues drop to around $1 billion in 2012, less than a third as much as its...