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  • TORONTO, Dec 4- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce reported a weaker fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, hurt by the loss of some credit card revenue and softer results at its wholesale banking division. Canada's fifth-largest lender said its net income fell to C $811 million, or C $1.98 per share, in the quarter ended Oct. 31, from C $825 million, or C $2.02, a year...

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, Dec 4- Chinese brokerage Haitong Securities Ltd is in talks to buy Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo's investment banking unit as Chinese finance firms snap up more overseas assets to try to offset slowing growth at home. A purchase of the bailed-out Portuguese lender's unit would be Haitong's first acquisition outside China and Hong...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 4- Blackstone Group LP's No. 2 executive Tony James is considering taking a role outside the world's largest alternative asset manager, including seeking a top job in a future U.S. government, according to people familiar with his thinking. The move would be the biggest change in Blackstone's leadership since co-founder and Chief Executive Stephen...

  • SAO PAULO, Dec 3- Credit Suisse Group AG plans to open a hedge fund in Brazil called Gauss next year to offer new investment alternatives for clients, such as volatility arbitrage, executives said on Wednesday. The hedge fund, named after "the prince of mathematicians" Carl Gauss, will be managed by Fabio Okumura, former head of proprietary trading at Itaú Unibanco...

  • SAO PAULO, Dec 3- Credit Suisse Group AG plans to open a hedge fund in Brazil called Gauss next year to offer new investment alternatives for clients, such as volatility arbitrage, executives said on Wednesday. The hedge fund, named after "the prince of mathematicians" Carl Gauss, will be managed by Fabio Okumura, the former head of proprietary trading at Itaú...

  • TORONTO, Dec 3- Royal Bank of Canada reported a stronger fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday as gains at its core personal and commercial banking and wealth management businesses offset weakness at its capital markets arm. Canada's largest bank reported net income of C $2.3 billion, or C $1.57 a share on a fully diluted basis, for the fourth-quarter ended Oct. 31,...

  • TORONTO, Dec 3- Royal Bank of Canada reported a stronger fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday as gains at its core personal and commercial banking and wealth management businesses offset weakeness at its capital markets arm. Canada's largest bank reported net income of C $2.3 billion, or C $1.57 a share, for the fourth-quarter ended Oct. 31, compared with C $2.1...

  • TORONTO, Dec 3- Royal Bank of Canada reported a stronger fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday, helped by double-digit earnings gains at its wealth management arm. Canada's largest bank reported net income of C $2.3 billion, or C $1.57 a share, for the fourth-quarter ended Oct. 31, compared with C $2.1 billion, or C $1.40 a share, a year earlier. The bank said cash diluted...

  • The fund, run by ex- Credit Suisse traders George "Beau" Taylor and Trevor Woods, runs a diversified energy-related portfolio, but the slump in oil prices to five-year lows after the OPEC meeting was a key driver, the sources said. Pierre Andurand, founder of the BlueGold fund that had gigantic gains during the 2008 oil market slump, made 18 percent last month at his...

  • Treasuries fell on Tuesday, with prices pressured by a Wall Street rally and institutional investors readying for a $6 billion corporate bond deal from leading retailer Amazon. "Today was primarily about the rebound in equity prices," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut. "There is a lot of corporate issuance...

  • Calgary, Alberta- based Mawer Investment Management Ltd has C $26 billion in assets under management, up from just C $5 billion in 2008.. "We have obviously a lot of clients in Canada that want to have a portion of their investments in Canadian dollars, so we do," Mawer President Michael Mezei told Reuters. Its large-cap Canadian Equity Fund has outperformed the...

  • *Saipem, Salzgitter slide as Russia scraps pipeline project. BP featured among the top gainers, up 3.6 percent, with several traders citing market talk of a takeover bid from rival Royal Dutch Shell. Shares in Italian oil services group Saipem and German steelmaker Salzgitter bucked the trend, tumbling 8.6 percent and 8 percent respectively after Russia...

  • Nelson Peltz resigns from Legg Mason board Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 6:45 PM ET

    Dec 1- Activist investor Nelson Peltz resigned from the board at Legg Mason Inc to focus on other commitments, the asset manager said on Monday. Peltz, Chief Executive and a founding partner of Trian Fund Management LP, was chairman of Legg Mason's corporate governance committee. Under Chief Executive Joseph Sullivan, who took charge in February 2013, Legg Mason...

  • Stock markets could gain despite Big Oil's pain Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 1- Despite hundreds of billions of dollars wiped off energy company shares since June by the slide in oil prices to a five-year low, there are reasons to be cheerful about the likely future impact on global stock markets. If current prices hold through 2015, global GDP growth could rise by around 0.3 percentage points, or around $250 billion, according...

  • Top Chinese PE firm: Sectors we're bullish on   Sunday, 30 Nov 2014 | 5:49 PM ET
    Top Chinese PE firm: Sectors we're bullish on

    Despite slowing growth in China, Wang Chao Yong, Chairman and CEO at China Equity Group, explains why he's still positive on domestic prospects.

  • *Oil at $70 wouldn't cause growth to collapse. DUBAI, Nov 30- Middle East fund managers expect to put money back into Gulf stock markets in coming months once the shock of the plunge in oil prices fades, the latest Reuters survey of regional asset managers shows. The slide of Brent crude to $70 a barrel last week, from around $115 in June, has shifted the outlook for the...

  • LONDON, Nov 28- A currency-rigging scandal and an intensifying squeeze on their fees are driving fund managers to scrutinise how much they pay for the foreign exchange they need to buy overseas assets. Consultancy New Change FX reckons that in a typical UK pension fund with half its money invested abroad and two-thirds of that FX exposure hedged, currencies...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Nov 27- Argentina has charged HSBC with aiding more than 4,000 clients to evade taxes by stashing their money in secret Swiss bank accounts, the country's AFIP tax authority said on Thursday. AFIP said it received the information on the secret accounts from France, which last week placed HSBC's Swiss private banking arm under formal investigation...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Nov 27- Argentina has charged HSBC with aiding more than 4,000 citizens to evade taxes by stashing their money in secret Swiss bank accounts, the country's AFIP tax authority said on Thursday. AFIP said it received the information on the secret accounts from France, which last week placed HSBC's Swiss private banking arm under formal...

  • HONG KONG, Nov 27- Rapid reforms by Beijing allowing foreign companies to move funds from their China operations across borders relatively freely is boosting treasurers' confidence in using the yuan as the preferred currency for doing business. That has changed in less than three years with Beijing now allowing multinationals to transfer yuan out of China...