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  • TOKYO, March 6- Advisers to Japan's $1.26- trillion public pension fund on Thursday recommended targeting only slightly higher returns, a conservative proposal that could constrain the fund's ability to shift to riskier assets.

  • Russia's military mobilisation on Ukraine's borders over the past week was an echo of the sort of geopolitical event that used to send international investors scurrying for cover over the past 50 years. Gold prices jumped 2 percent; the U.S. dollar and Treasury bonds strengthened alongside other top-rated securities such as German government bonds.

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- Swelling investment returns improved funding for U.S. public pensions last year, but almost all retirement systems are still in weak shape and unable to cover their liabilities fully, according to a report released by Wilshire Consulting on Tuesday.

  • March 4- Investment banker Ken Moelis' boutique investment firm, Moelis& Co, filed to go public as it looks to take advantage of rising demand for independent advisory services and an improving market for public offerings in the United States.

  • UPDATE 1-Investment bank Moelis files for IPO Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 3:24 PM ET

    The New York- based company, led by Wall Street dealmaker Kenneth Moelis, will look to take advantage of an improving U.S. IPOs by dollar volume since 2000, according to Thomson Reuters data, as large floats such as Hilton Worldwide Holdings and Plains GP Holdings lifted deal proceeds 21 percent to $56.4 billion.

  • March 4- Morgan Stanley's wealth management unit said it hired six financial advisers from UBS and Wells Fargo. Daniel Tedesco and Dennis Madden joined on Feb. 14 from UBS where they managed $161 million in client assets. James Wong, Matthew Barker, Justin Harris and Desiderio Rodriquez joined on Feb. 28 from Wells Fargo where they managed $264 million in assets.

  • Investment bank Moelis files for IPO Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 2:32 PM ET

    March 4- Moelis& Co, an independent investment bank, filed with U.S. regulators to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering of its Class A common stock.

  • March 4- Investment bank Jefferies Group LLC, owned by Leucadia National Corp, reported a 23 percent jump in first-quarter profit as investment banking revenue grew. The bank said its holdings in Knight Capital and Harbinger Group Inc, were marked down by $15 million.

  • *Canada's third-largest lender caps off strong bank earnings period. TORONTO, March 4- Bank of Nova Scotia capped off Canada's bank earnings period with a higher quarterly profit and a dividend increase on the back of strong domestic lending volumes and wealth management income, but its international retail operations posted softer results.

  • March 4- Investment bank Jefferies Group LLC, owned by Leucadia National Corp, reported a 23 percent jump in first-quarter profit as investment banking revenue grew. The bank said its holdings in Knight Capital and Harbinger Group Inc, were marked down by $15 million.

  • March 4- Morgan Stanley's wealth management unit said it hired six financial advisers from UBS and Wells Fargo. Daniel Tedesco and Dennis Madden joined on Feb. 14 from UBS where they managed $161 million in client assets. James Wong, Matthew Barker, Justin Harris and Desiderio Rodriquez joined on Feb. 28 from Wells Fargo where they managed $264 million in assets.

  • March 4- Asset manager Legg Mason Inc said it will buy privately held QS Investors, an adviser to institutional clients, to expand its portfolio of investment products. New York- based QS Investors has $4.1 billion assets under management and about $100 billion in assets under advisory, Legg Mason said in a statement on Tuesday.

  • DUBAI, March 4- Saudi Arabia's NCB Capital has appointed Sarah Al-Suhaimi as its chief executive, the investment bank said on Tuesday, the first time a woman has been named to head an investment bank in the conservative kingdom. NCB Capital, with about $12 billion of assets under management, is a unit of National Commercial Bank, Saudi Arabia's largest bank.

  • Legg Mason to buy private asset manager QS Investors Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    March 4- Asset manager Legg Mason Inc said it will buy privately held QS Investors to expand its portfolio of investment products. New York- based QS Investors has $4.1 billion assets under management and about $100 billion in assets under advisory, Legg Mason said in a statement on Tuesday.

  • Scotiabank profit climbs on domestic lending, wealth Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 6:20 AM ET

    TORONTO, March 4- Bank of Nova Scotia said on Tuesday that its quarterly profit rose 6 percent on higher domestic lending and wealth management income, and it raised its quarterly dividend.

  • DUBAI, March 4- Saudi Arabia's National Commercial Bank has appointed Sarah Al-Suhaimi as chief executive of its investment banking arm, sources aware of the matter said, the first time a woman has been named to head an investment bank in the conservative kingdom.

  • March 4- Warren Buffett is seeking to reassure shareholders about how his Berkshire Hathaway Inc will perform in the decades after he steps down or dies, but remains as vague as ever about succession plans. Jeff Immelt, the CEO at General Electric Co, has been unable to get his company's share price anywhere near the heights achieved by his predecessor Jack Welch.

  • LONDON, March 4- Smaller asset managers and hedge funds will drive an increase in the use of computer-driven equity trading strategies in 2014 as brokerages cut back on the services they offer to less profitable clients, a study shows.

  • March 3- Mutual fund manager Bruce Berkowitz, founder of Fairholme Capital Management, is pressing the boards of the mortgage-finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to let investors have a bigger say in how the companies are run.

  • Alibaba.com's headquarters in Hangzhou, China

    Last June, an affiliate of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba made an offer to its hundreds of millions of users: Give us your cash, and we will pay more than Chinese banks wil