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  • Harvard Management Co invested in Covidien in Q2 - filing Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 4:06 PM ET

    BOSTON, Aug 13- Harvard Management Co, which oversees the Ivy League school's $32.7 billion endowment, took a new position in surgical device maker Covidien Plc during the second quarter before news of a planned takeover helped push the stock price higher, a regulatory filing shows.

  • Judge cuts back Madoff trustee lawsuit vs Merkin Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 11:32 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 13- The trustee seeking money for Bernard Madoff's victims suffered his second loss in less than a week to Wall Street hedge fund manager J. Ezra Merkin, as a Manhattan bankruptcy judge dismissed most claims in a roughly $565 million lawsuit.

  • Japan pension fund review could set yen on slippery slope Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 2:10 AM ET

    SYDNEY, Aug 13- The yen's steadiness against the U.S. dollar this year could be nearing its end, with Japan's currency likely to weaken should the country's giant public pension fund divert trillions of yen into overseas assets following an investment strategy review.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 12- Daniel Pollack, the court-appointed mediator in the debt dispute between Argentina and holdout creditors, who has come under fire from the Argentine government for his handling of the talks, expects to hold more meetings with both sides.

  • PARIS, Aug 12- Belgian power grid operator Elia, State Grid Corporation of China, Italian grid operator Terna and Canadian pension fund PSP Investments have been shortlisted to bid for a 66 percent stake in Greek grid operator ADMIE, a source familiar with the bidding process told Reuters.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 12- BlackRock Inc, which has been heavily promoting alternative investments to retail investors, intensified that effort on Tuesday with the launch of a new multi-manager fund.

  • LONDON, Aug 12- Concerns over conflict in Iraq, Ukraine and Gaza, future U.S. interest rate policy and pumped-up equity markets have prompted asset managers to scale back risk and raise the amount of cash held in portfolios, a survey showed on Tuesday.

  • *RBS exploring sale of Coutts International. *Coutts International has come forward in U.S. tax probe.

  • *RBS exploring sale of Coutts International. *Coutts International has come forward in U.S. tax probe.

  • *RBS exploring sale of Coutts International. *Coutts International has come forward in U.S. tax probe.

  • ZURICH/ SINGAPORE, Aug 11- Royal Bank of Scotland is selling the international arm of its private bank in a deal that could be valued around $1 billion, sources said on Monday, as the British government leans on it to focus more on domestic lending.

  • SEATTLE, Aug 8- A former Microsoft Corp employee was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday for his part in an insider trading scheme that netted him and his partner more than $400,000. District Judge Marsha Pechman said in handing down the sentence in Seattle federal court.

  • The SEC in 2010 approved the rule, which prohibits investment advisers from making campaign contributions in the hope of being awarded lucrative contracts to manage public pension funds, a practice known as "pay to play". The SEC declined to comment on the lawsuit.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 8- Problems at Allianz's U.S. investment firm Pimco persisted in the second quarter as clients defected and margins slipped, posing a challenge for the chief executive of Europe's biggest insurer who aims to make a record group profit this year.

  • *Asset managers to accept proposals charging for orders. LONDON, Aug 8- Asset managers will agree to pay more for currency "fixing" services when they respond later this month to proposals by global regulators for reforms of foreign exchange benchmarks, industry sources said on Friday.

  • *Tensions with Russia start to bite into results.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 8- Problems at Allianz's U.S. investment firm Pimco persisted in the second quarter as clients defected and efficiency declined, posing a challenge to Europe's largest insurer evem though it remains on track for a record group profit in 2014..

  • NEW YORK, Aug 7- Former hedge fund manager Samuel Israel, who faked his own suicide to avoid prison after running a $450 million fraud, on Thursday failed to persuade a judge to shorten his 22- year sentence or set him free because prison officials are unable to treat his worsening health.

  • TORONTO, Aug 7- Manulife Financial Corp unexpectedly hiked its dividend for the first time since the financial crisis on Thursday, as it reported quarterly profits that jumped on stronger financial markets but was just shy of analysts' expectations.

  • *GPIF to cut JGB weighting to around 40 pct- sources. TOKYO, Aug 7- Japan's public pension fund, the world's largest at around $1.24 trillion, plans to boost the weighting of domestic stocks to more than 20 percent from a current 12 percent target, two people with knowledge of the allocation review said on Thursday.