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  • *Yangtze region powered China's growth during boom years. SUZHOU, China, April 15- Suzhou, an ancient city in Jiangsu province 100 km west of Shanghai, lives in legend as one of China's most beautiful, famous for its elegant gardens and charming canals.

  • BOGOTA, April 14- The rally in Colombia's capital markets is set to extend at least through 2014, possibly buffering the impact from monetary tightening in the United States but also leading to more volatility, analysts said.

  • April 14- TIAA-CREF, a retirement services provider to non-profit organizations such as universities and hospitals, said it would acquire asset manager Nuveen Investments for $6.25 billion, seeking to expand its mutual fund and municipal bond offerings. Lazard Ltd and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC advised TIAA-CREF.

  • TIAA-CREF buying Nuveen for $6.25B Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 8:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Financial services provider TIAA-CREF says it's buying investment manager Nuveen Investments in a deal valued at $6.25 billion including debt. Nuveen has about $221 billion in assets under management, bringing TIAA-CREF's total to about $800 billion. Nuveen is currently owned by an investor group led by investment firm Madison Dearborn Partners.

  • April 14- Asset manager TIAA-CREF will buy rival Nuveen Investments for $6.25 billion including debt, the Wall Street Journal reported, quoting top executives from both companies. The transaction, set to be officially announced Monday, would create a firm with nearly $800 billion under management, the Journal reported.

  • "There's skepticism among investors about the outlook, and we're getting into the first-quarter earnings season, so you're going to see some positioning," said Brian Jacobsen, chief portfolio strategist at Wells Fargo Funds Management in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON, April 11- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing Herbalife Ltd, the nutrition and weight loss company that hedge fund manager William Ackman has called a pyramid scheme, sources familiar with the investigation said on Friday.

  • *Long-term structural problems in emerging markets remain. LONDON, April 11- Institutional investors are being selective in their return to emerging markets after a heavy sell-off, as there are too many pitfalls for a long-term portfolio to make a winning strategy out of simply buying cheap.

  • LONDON, April 11- A shift by investors' back into emerging market assets gathered pace over the last week, with China and Russia seeing some of the biggest demand as EM inflows reached their highest rate in over a year.

  • JPMorgan's first-quarter profit falls 20 percent Friday, 11 Apr 2014 | 7:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK— JPMorgan Chase, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, said Friday its first-quarter earnings fell 20 percent, driven by a decline in investment banking and mortgage lending. LOWER REVEUE: Revenue, after stripping out the effect of an accounting charge for credit losses, was $23.8 billion, down 8 percent from $25.8 billion a year earlier.

  • In total, SAC Capital has agreed to pay $1.8 billion to resolve criminal and civil probes into insider trading. SAC Capital also agreed to be placed on probation for five years, and employ a compliance consultant, former federal prosecutor Bart Schwartz.

  • TORONTO/ VANCOUVER, April 10- Goldcorp Inc raised its hostile takeover offer for Osisko Mining Corp on Thursday, squeaking above a white knight bid by Yamana Gold Inc and heightening a bidding war that has helped inject life into a depressed gold mining sector.

  • BOSTON, April 10- Fidelity Investments said on Thursday it is exploring the creation of a new trading venue with other asset managers, as U.S. regulators investigate the controversial practice of high-frequency trading.

  • Big hedge funds bought Puerto Rico's junk bonds - WSJ Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 12:57 AM ET

    April 10- Several large hedge funds doubled down on Puerto Rico in last month's giant bond sale despite the U.S. territory's financial struggles, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing confidential documents reviewed by the newspaper.

  • U.S. commodity ETFs fall for fifth quarter -Lipper Wednesday, 9 Apr 2014 | 3:35 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 9- U.S. retail and institutional investors pulled cash from broad commodity exchange-traded funds for a fifth straight quarter even as coffee, natural gas and hogs prices had their best run in years, data from Thomson Reuters Lipper showed on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, April 8- A U.S. judge on Tuesday raised a series of questions about a proposed $1.2 billion insider trading accord with billionaire Steven Cohen's investment firm, formerly known as SAC Capital Advisors, in advance of its sentencing on Thursday.

  • Noting the rocketing growth of the global asset management industry, which is on track to more than quadruple in size by 2050 to $400 trillion, Bank of England executive director for financial stability Andy Haldane argued that funds may require closer and tighter supervision by regulators.

  • BOSTON, April 8- Hedge fund Coatue Management plans to return as much as 35 percent of its assets to investors this summer after its $7 billion flagship ballooned in size.

  • *Nikkei falls to 1 1/ 2- week low ahead of BOJ policy announcement. *Exporters another loser as yen rebounds, Honda down 2.7 pct. TOKYO, April 8- Japanese shares dropped on Tuesday after a sudden tumble in U.S. tech stocks turned investors against risk, and as the Bank of Japan is expected to offer no new stimulus at its policy announcement later in the day.

  • SAO PAULO, April 7- New York- based investment bank Greenhill& Co Inc on Monday said it hired former Goldman Sachs Group Inc dealmaker Rafael Pereira, expanding its mergers and acquisitions unit in Brazil. Prior to Goldman, where he covered the insurance, financial services, healthcare and technology sectors, Pereira was a banker at Credit Suisse Group AG.

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