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  • HONG KONG, Nov 20- Profit-taking and queasiness about the rules blighted trading via the Shanghai- Hong Kong stock connect this week after a brisk first day when mostly hedge funds and private banks snapped up all the available mainland shares within hours. The scheme, which lets foreign investors directly invest in Shanghai- listed shares for the first time and...

  • HONG KONG, Nov 20- Profit-taking and queasiness about the rules blighted trading via the Shanghai- Hong Kong stock connect this week after a brisk first day when mostly hedge funds and private banks snapped up all the available mainland shares within hours. The scheme, which lets foreign investors directly invest in Shanghai- listed shares for the first time and...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 19- Blackstone Group LP has reached out to its biggest fund investors about investing in a new investment vehicle with a longer investment horizon than the typical 10- year private equity fund, according to people familiar with the matter. Blackstone is seeking as much as $2 billion apiece from five to six of its biggest public pension fund and...

  • Paul Singer: Big pension 'off base' to ax hedgies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:31 AM ET
    Elliott Management founder and CEO Paul Singer speaks during the SkyBridge Alternatives conference in Las Vegas, May 9, 2012.

    Billionaire investor Paul Singer has a message for California Public Employees' Retirement System: Dumping your hedge funds makes no sense.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- Hedge funds scooped up shares of China's Alibaba Group Holding in the third quarter, making the e-commerce giant one of the most commonly bought stocks among some of the biggest U.S. investors, according to regulatory filings on Friday. Among the institutional investors that took new stakes in Alibaba were Soros Fund Management, the hedge fund...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- Hedge funds scooped up shares of Chinese company Alibaba Group Holding in the third quarter, making the e-commerce giant one of the most commonly bought stocks among some of the country's biggest investors, according to regulatory filings on Friday. Among the institutional investors that took new stakes in Alibaba were Jana Partners, the $11...

  • These elite schools have best endowment returns Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 12:54 PM ET
    The Alma Mater statue in front of the library on the campus of Columbia University in New York.

    Columbia, Yale and MIT are at the top of a new ranking of long-term university endowment investment performance.

  • Hedge funds under threat from pension fund rethink Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 7- Pension schemes are starting to rethink their hedge fund investments in the face of high costs and poor returns, putting at risk the heady pace of capital flows into an industry with nearly $3 trillion of assets. Investors pulled more than $15 billion from hedge funds in the September quarter, industry data showed, ending six quarters of net inflows.

  • -Lipper@ NEW YORK, Nov 6- Investors in U.S.-based funds added a net $15.4 billion to stock funds in the week ended Nov. 5, data from Thomson Reuters Lipper service showed on Thursday. The ETF inflows were "mostly due to institutional investors hedging some of their short positions that they may have made," said Barry Fennell, a senior analyst with Lipper.

  • LONDON, Nov 5- Sales at Anglo-South African financial services group Old Mutual fell in the third quarter due to weakness in the rand and outflows from institutional investors, though funds under management rose on the year, the London- listed firm said in a trading statement on Wednesday. Old Mutual has been restructuring its business, selling off some European...

  • HONG KONG, Nov 5- Asset managers in Hong Kong are scrambling to figure out how to meet growing demand for yuan assets after they were hit by a double blow- a shortage of China investment quotas and the delay of a scheme linking the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges. China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange allocated a total of 11.1 billion yuan in RQFII...

  • BEIJING/ DUBAI, Nov 3- China's central bank has signed a 35 billion yuan currency swap deal with its Qatari counterpart, in a step towards expanding use of the Chinese yuan in a region long dominated by the U.S. dollar. The United Arab Emirates signed a three-year currency swap arrangement with China in 2012 that was similar in size to Qatar's. Gulf Arab countries...

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japan's Nikkei share average jumped on Friday as the government prepared to approve new allocation targets for the world's largest pension fund that are expected to sharply increase its purchases of domestic stocks. Tokyo will approve on Friday targets for the $1.2 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund which aim to increase the ratio of...

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japan's government will approve new allocation targets for the world's biggest pension fund on Friday, aiming to raise its holding of Japanese shares to 25 percent of its portfolio from the current 12 percent, two government sources said. The $1.2- trillion Government Pension Investment Fund is under pressure from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to...

  • SAFT ON WEALTH -In praise of the cockroach portfolio Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 3:53 PM ET

    Oct 30- Everyone wants to be an eagle in investing and most fail, but the important thing to remember is: everyone can be a cockroach. This is best exemplified, among large long-term investors, by the widespread adaption of the Endowment Model, sometimes called the Yale Model because it was pioneered there with great success by David Swensen. This approach, in...

  • SYDNEY, Oct 30- Australia said on Thursday it will sell A $1.5 billion worth of shares in health insurer Medibank Private to retail brokers at home and in New Zealand, a fraction of what they had applied for, to give the public and institutions a bigger share. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said retail brokers had applied to buy A $12 billion worth of shares in the...

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Japanese government bonds edged lower on Wednesday as investors took their cue from stronger equities and on news that Japan's $1.1- trillion public pension fund has reduced its holdings of JGBs. The Government Pension Investment Fund, the world's largest public pension, allowed domestic bonds to fall below half of its portfolio for the first...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 27- Most pension funds and other institutional investors worldwide expect to meet their five-year investment goals and are increasingly confident they can get there using traditional stocks and bonds, a survey showed on Monday. Among those surveyed, 91 percent of institutional investors said they expected to hit their targets in five years, up...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 24- The U.S. Treasury Department said on Friday it was tweaking its policy for retirement funds to encourage savers to buy annuities, a measure aimed to keep them from outliving their savings. The department and the Internal Revenue Service will let retirement funds offer long-term deferred annuities as a default investment in 401 retirement...

  • Oct 23- The Orange County Sanitation District, a wastewater treatment facility in California, became the latest institutional investor to move money away from bond giant Pimco, weeks after the shock departure of Pimco's CIO Bill Gross. The OCSD said its board on Wednesday unanimously approved the selection of Chandler Asset Management as its external...