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  • MOSCOW, Jan 26- Ratings agency S&P said on Monday it had cut Russia's sovereign credit rating to BB+ or below investment grade with a negative outlook, and said Russia's economic growth prospects have weakened. It could not only harm Russia's image among investors, but also push up its borrowing costs, as many mainstream investment and pension funds have rules...

  • Mega-funds start to beat retreat from emerging markets Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    LONDON, Jan 26- Big pension, insurance and sovereign funds that kept faith with emerging markets during the massive selloffs of 2013 and 2014 may be starting to waver, potentially depriving the sector of a key source of support. But years of weak returns and cloudy growth prospects are now souring the mood, with the World Bank this month again cutting its growth...

  • European pension funds lobby Oracle on pay, governance Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 11:12 PM ET

    Jan 25- Two European pension funds have written a letter to Oracle Corp complaining about leading shareholder Larry Ellison's large influence over the U.S. business software company and urging it to allow outsider shareholders a greater say in the company's unpopular pay policies. In a letter addressed to the Oracle board that was seen by Reuters, the...

  • FRANKFURT/ LONDON, Jan 22- Irish cement maker CRH and a consortium led by Blackstone are battling for assets which Lafarge and Holcim must sell ahead of their planned merger, several people familiar with the matter said. France's Lafarge and Swiss peer Holcim announced merger plans last year, hoping to cut costs and tackle overcapacity and weak demand.

  • At Davos, it's not all about the money...seriously Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 1:00 AM ET
    Steve Schwarzman, co-founder and CEO of Blackstone Group LP at the 2015 WEF in Davos, Switzerland.

    Davos is teeming with elite investors this week--and it's not just to talk their own book.

  • Jan 13- The California Public Employees' Retirement System, America's largest public pension fund, announced on Tuesday that its finances improved significantly in the last fiscal year, mainly due to strong investment returns. In its 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or CAFR, Calpers says it had an estimated funding level of 77 percent by June 30.

  • MONTREAL, Jan 13- Canada's second-largest pension fund will finance, develop and operate major infrastructure projects for the cash-strapped province of Quebec under a deal announced on Tuesday that highlights the appetite of such funds for long-term revenue generating assets. Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, which manages funds for Quebec's...

  • MONTREAL, Jan 13- Quebec's largest pension fund said on Tuesday it struck a deal with the cash-strapped provincial government to finance, develop and operated major infrastructure projects, highlighting the appetite of such funds for unconventional assets.

  • LONDON, Jan 9- The downgrading of Tesco's debt to "junk" status could limit its negotiating power on potential asset sales as Britain's biggest retailer embarks on the long-awaited recovery plan designed to reverse its sliding fortunes. The move marks another fall from grace for Britain's biggest private employer, a staple of British pension funds that was...

  • LONDON, Jan 8- Commodities were the worst performing asset class for the third year running in 2014.. Investors, including some of the world's largest pension funds, have seen billions of dollars of wealth disappear as a result of investing in commodity index products over the last decade. "Facts and fantasies about commodity futures," first published in 2004 by...

  • Jan 7- When Teacher Retirement System of Texas' investment chief learned that his son got an entry-level job at Blackstone Group LP, he checked with his employer about whether he should stay away from the public pension fund's investments in the world's largest alternative asset manager. The pension fund's board decided Britt Harris, 56, should remain...

  • Hedge fund robots are crushing their human rivals Monday, 5 Jan 2015 | 10:43 AM ET
    David Winton Harding, founder and president of Winton Capital Management

    Computer algorithm-led hedge funds produced stellar returns last year, beating most gut-driven human money managers.

  • The best hedge funds for 2015 are... Friday, 2 Jan 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates

    Critics love to hate hedge fund fees and performance, but the industry is poised to grow even more in 2015.

  • Growth pauses for U.S. public pension fund investments Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 | 12:25 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 31- The breakneck growth of U.S. public pension assets paused in the third quarter of the year, due to falling earnings, U.S. The $3.31 trillion in cash and security holdings was slightly less than the record $3.37 trillion of the second quarter. That was still above $3.06 trillion in the third quarter of 2013..

  • BOSTON, Dec 30- Wealthy investors are poised to put at least $90 billion into hedge funds next year, even after returns have largely been lackluster this year, research firm eVestment said on Tuesday. The short answer is yes, "they wrote, adding" We expect asset flows into hedge funds of at least between $90 billion and $110 billion in 2015. "Hedge funds manage roughly...

  • Here's a look inside Ray Dalio's new strategy Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 10:33 AM ET
    Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates.

    Hedge fund behemoth Bridgewater Associates is poised to grow even larger.

  • Dec 22- A Michigan board on Monday agreed to send nearly $195 million in state funds to Detroit's two retirement systems on Feb. 9 as part of a pivotal deal that helped to end the city's historic bankruptcy, a state spokesman said. The state funds are part of the so-called grand bargain, which includes $366 million from philanthropic foundations and $100 million...

  • Activist to public pensions: Thank you! Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    Greg Taxin

    The surging power of activist investors is bolstered by a growing ally: public pensions and other big institutions.

  • SYDNEY, Dec 17- Increasingly controversial environmental issues in Australia and a global slump in commodity prices are putting pressure on Australia's A $1.8 trillion pension fund industry to adopt socially responsible investing policies- including a restriction on funding fossil fuels. Ethical funds have grown to more than A $150 billion this year from...

  • TORONTO, Dec 15- The parent of Canada's Porter Airlines is nearing the sale of a passenger terminal it operates at Toronto's Billy Bishop Airport, according to three sources familiar with the process. One of the sources familiar with the process said at least two separate bids are expected this week from pension fund manager Alberta Investment Management Corp...