NEW YORK, March 11- The Pimco Total Return Fund, the world's largest bond fund, slashed its holdings of mortgages in February to the lowest level since at least late 2011 on bets that the Federal Reserve will conclude bond purchases this year, data from the firm's website showed on Tuesday.» Read More
State giants China National Petroleum Corporation, Sinopec Corp and China Railway Corporation have said they were seeking investments from private capital and also social capital, or funds sourced from pension funds and insurance companies.
TOKYO, March 6- Japan's $1.26- trillion public pension fund need not cling to the safety and paltry yields of government bonds, advisers to the fund said on Thursday, in another sign that it will shift more money into stocks and other risky assets.
WASHINGTON, March 5- Big institutional investors account for 80 percent of the half a trillion dollars foreigners have plowed into emerging market sovereign debt in the last few years, according to an analysis by International Monetary Fund economists.
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.
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.
*Will invest jointly with Canada's OMERS, Japan's DBJ. TOKYO, Feb 28- Japan's public pension fund, the world's largest, reported a 4.73 percent return on investments in the October-December quarter, thanks to gains in Japanese stocks and an increase in the value of its foreign assets due to a weaker yen.
Feb 26- The chief investment officer of Calpers, the largest pension fund in the United States, has died after a battle with cancer, his office said on Wednesday. Joe Dear, diagnosed with prostate cancer last year, had been on leave from the California Public Employees' Retirement System since last month for treatment.
Congress faces a Sept. 30 deadline to renew federal funding for transportation programs, and the Highway Trust Fund that helps pay for road and bridge projects is teetering on insolvency.
Treasury sells $32 billion of 2- year notes. NEW YORK, Feb 25- U.S. Insurance companies and pension funds with extended investment horizons were likely buyers of the 30- year Treasuries, according to rate-strategist Boris Rjavinski at UBS in Stamford, Connecticut.
NEW YORK, Feb 21- More than 9,000 claims from people who say they were defrauded by Bernard Madoff have been submitted to a $4.05 billion fund set up by the U.S. government, and victims of the swindler's Ponzi scheme were given two more months to seek compensation. Richard Breeden, a special master who oversees the Madoff Victim Fund, and U.S.
Feb 18- Institutional investors are buying up U.S. farmland at a rapid rate, and their influence is starting to shift the types of crops grown and the way the land is managed, according to a report issued Tuesday.
TORONTO, Feb 14- The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, one of the world's biggest pension funds, notched another quarter of strong returns but its chief executive officer said he wishes the fund had been more aggressive when prices were cheap.
TORONTO, Feb 5- TMX Group Ltd, the owner of Canada's main stock exchange, on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter profit well above analysts' estimates as trading activity showed early signs of recovery.
Jan 30- Invesco Ltd said on Thursday its fourth-quarter profit jumped 81 percent, boosted by strong markets and the sale of its Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management unit. Excluding the sale of its Atlantic Trust unit, which Invesco sold to the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce for $210 million, the company earned 58 cents per share.
HONG KONG, Jan 28- Chinese asset management firm CSOP said on Tuesday it was collaborating with London- based Source to apply for an exchange-traded fund in the United States, following their first such product launch in London earlier this month.
BEIJING/ HONG KONG, Jan 27- China granted $3.4 billion in fresh quotas to licensed overseas institutional investors this month as of Jan. 27, according to data released by the State Administration of Foreign Exchange on Monday.
*UniCredit sells risk on portfolio of project finance loans. MILAN, Jan 21- UniCredit has sold some of the risk on a 910 million euro portfolio of Italian project finance loans, freeing up capital for new lending and benefiting from growing appetite for such deals from specialist investors.
OMERS Ventures has already secured some funding from its parent, the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, for the second round and has invested some of it, but is now negotiating for more funding from outside sources, CEO John Ruffolo told Reuters on the sidelines of a technology conference.
TORONTO, Jan 16- Canadian upstart stock exchange applicant Aequitas Innovations Inc has tweaked its proposed trading model after its initial plan was rebuffed by Ontario's securities regulator, the company and the regulator said on Thursday.
SHANGHAI, Jan 15- Shaanxi Coal Industry Co Ltd has cut its IPO target by more than half to $660 million, as regulatory pressure mounts on listing companies to ensure unrealistic valuations do not mar the resumption of initial public offerings in China.