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  • Feb 17- Ford Motor Co appointed auto analyst and investment banker John Casesa group vice president, global strategy, as part of its plan to accelerate its "One Ford" strategy. Casesa, whose appointment is effective March 1, will report to Ford Chief Executive Mark Fields. He has been ranked as an "All-Star" 11 times by Institutional Investor magazine, Ford said, adding...

  • SEOUL, Feb 17- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd aims to use its $56 billion cash pile to fund growth including acquisitions, the tech giant's investor relations chief said, even as more shareholders clamor for bigger dividends. While the South Korean company's profit declined in 2014 for the first time in three years as its lead in smartphones was challenged by Apple...

  • SEOUL, Feb 17- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd aims to use its $56 billion cash pile to fund growth including acquisitions, the tech giant's investor relations chief said, even as more shareholders clamour for bigger dividends. While the South Korean company's profit declined in 2014 for the first time in three years as its lead in smartphones was challenged by Apple...

  • TORONTO, Feb 13- The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, one of the world's biggest dealmakers, expects to find more acquisition opportunities in the months ahead as global market volatility plays to its advantage, its chief executive said on Friday. CPPIB is the world's fourth largest pension fund and 12th largest fund, according to consultancy Towers...

  • Two billionaires, opposite approaches to investing Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 2:25 PM ET
    Ray Dalio, left, and Bill Ackman

    It was man versus machine when Bill Ackman interviewed Ray Dalio in New York.

  • TORONTO, Feb 13- The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, one of the world's biggest pension funds, on Friday reported gross investment returns of 3.3 percent for its fiscal third quarter as strength in global equity markets boosted returns. CPPIB, which manages Canada's national pension fund and is a major global dealmaker, ended the quarter with net assets of...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- The Obama administration on Tuesday set a goal of raising $2 billion in philanthropic investments to fight climate change, including technologies to slash carbon emissions. The Clean Energy Investment Initiative is seeking investments to try to bridge the "valley of death"- the gap in funding between research and development and...

  • By Hideyuki Sano and Hirotoshi Sugiyama TOKYO, Feb 9- Japanese investors bought a record amount of foreign shares in January in a sign that public institutional investors, including Japan's $1.1 trillion mammoth pension fund, are heeding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's call to chase higher-yielding assets. Japanese institutional investors purchased 1.619...

  • Cash withdrawals totaled $150 billion from Pimco's U.S. open-end mutual funds in 2014. In January, investors pulled $11.6 billion from the Pimco Total Return Fund. 'said Mendel Melzer, chief investment officer for The Newport Group, a Heathrow, Florida- based consultant to institutional investors, including 400 retirement plans, with $21 billion in assets...

  • Big money looking for smart plays on energy Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 1:42 PM ET
    Oil gas Russia

    Hedge and private equity funds are worked up about the energy opportunity—and investors are starting to listen.

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 4- Any revival in initial public offerings in Brazil seems to hinge on whether new Finance Minister Joaquim Levy can clean up public finances and get the country's economy back on track. Strengthening the market for new listings depends increasingly on how much leeway President Dilma Rousseff will give the University of Chicago-trained...

  • BOSTON, Jan 30- Hedge fund mogul William Ackman is ready to make a new bet, not on a stock this time but a startup hedge fund, Clearfield Capital Management. Ackman, who runs $18 billion Pershing Square Capital Management, told investors on Thursday he plans to make his biggest ever commitment to an outside hedge fund. Ackman and Hilal have known each other for more...

  • Schools ride high stock, VC returns to 15% gain Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:04 AM ET
    Beaumont Tower, Michigan State University

    Investments by academic institutions did well in 2014, boosting long-term performance records hit during the financial crisis.

  • HONG KONG, Jan 29- China's efforts to raise the global status of its currency are paying dividends, with the yuan breaking into the top five world payment currencies for the first time and offshore trading volumes catching up with those onshore. "Daily trading volume in CNH spot, forward and swap markets have already reached $30 billion, among which $10 billion is...

  • LONDON, Jan 28- Hedge funds earned $1.5 trillion for their investors over the last ten years and more pension funds are increasing the amount of money they allocate to them, trade body Alternative Investment Management Association said on Wednesday. The trade body said that one in every four dollars invested in the nearly $3 trillion industry is sourced from...

  • Here are the best hedge funds for 2015: Experts Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:53 PM ET
    Dan Loeb, founder and chief executive officer of Third Point.

    Hedge fund investors like Goldman Sachs, SkyBridge and GAM predict the best hedge fund strategies for the new year.

  • 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.