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  • HSBC to face US lawsuits over $34B mortgage losses Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 2:46 AM ET
    An HSBC bank branch is shown in London, Feb. 9, 2015.

    HSBC was ordered to face three U.S. lawsuits accusing it of breaching its duties as a trustee overseeing residential mortgage-backed securities.

  • NEW YORK, June 1- HSBC Holdings Plc was on Monday ordered to face three U.S. lawsuits accusing it of breaching its duties as a trustee overseeing residential mortgage-backed securities that suffered more than $34 billion of losses in the global financial crisis. District Judge Shira Scheindlin in Manhattan said the plaintiff investors, including funds from...

  • *BlackRock: focus should be on products, practices. "Policymakers need to develop a better understanding of asset owners, including why asset owners allocate their assets to a certain market or asset class," BlackRock, the world's biggest asset manager, said in a statement. Regulators should focus on products and market practices, not the size of funds, BlackRock...

  • May 27- Lowering interest rates around the world to boost the global economy has reached a point where it is now "quite harmful" to clients, including pension funds and insurers, BlackRock Inc Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Laurence Fink said on Wednesday. The "low rate environment is having a profound impact on how they're going to operate," Fink said at the...

  • *Yet sterling up solidly on the year, FTSE rides high. Neither risk materialized and the bounce in the pound after Prime Minister David Cameron's re-election with an unexpected outright majority could be viewed as a sign of investors' faith that he can weather the third of the trio- a vote on Britain's EU membership. "The market believes that whether now or later on...

  • *Yet sterling up solidly on the year, FTSE rides high. Neither risk materialised and the bounce in the pound after Prime Minister David Cameron's re-election with an unexpected outright majority could be viewed as a sign of investors' faith that he can weather the third of the trio- a vote on Britain's EU membership. "The market believes that whether now or later on...

  • HONG KONG/ SINGAPORE, May 22- The blistering sell-off in Chinese solar firm Hanergy Thin Film Power Group this week burnt several index-tracking stock funds, exposing the flaws in some of these investment structures especially in volatile markets like China. China- focused equity ETF and index assets under management have grown more than three-fourths to...

  • McDonald's stock could rise 20%: Strategist Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:20 AM ET
    A McDonald's restaurant in Brooklyn, New York.

    Matrix Asset Advisors is increasing its stake in McDonald's on the expectation CEO Steve Easterbrook's turnaround plan will succeed.

  • LOS ANGELES/ BOSTON, May 21- McDonald's Corp shareholders on Thursday approved a proposal that would make it easier to nominate directors to the board of the fast-food chain, which is in turnaround mode after losing customers and sales to competition and after internal missteps. The California Public Employees' Retirement System and the New York City Pension...

  • LOS ANGELES/ BOSTON, May 21- McDonald's Corp shareholders will vote Thursday on a proposal that would make it easier to nominate directors to the board of the fast-food chain, which is in turnaround mode after losing customers and sales to competition and after internal missteps. Vanguard Group and BlackRock Inc, major investors that hold significant stakes in...

  • BOSTON/ LOS ANGELES, May 20- Four U.S. public pension fund officials on Wednesday warned that McDonald's Corp and other companies may be jeopardizing their own futures by returning excessive amounts of cash to investors via share buybacks. The statement by the fund officials marks the first time in which some of the nation's biggest institutional investors...

  • BOSTON/ LOS ANGELES, May 20- Four U.S. public pension fund officials on Wednesday warned that McDonald's Corp and other companies may be jeopardizing their own futures by returning excessive amounts of cash to investors via share buybacks. The statement by the fund officials marks the first time in which some of the nation's biggest institutional investors...

  • Beware of bond bubble forming in ETFs Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:08 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Should you invest in fixed income when corporations are all too eagerly selling new bonds in staggeringly large amounts? Likely not.

  • Black: Icahn 'the brilliant investor of our age' Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:47 PM ET
    Leon Black, chairman and chief executive officer of Apollo Global Management

    Carl Icahn was feted by friend and fellow billionaire Leon Black at a charity event for skin cancer.

  • Big bond funds see opportunities amid global rout Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 9:21 AM ET

    Much of that selling has come from players with shorter-term horizons such as hedge funds and momentum funds, however, and bond market giants PIMCO, Blackrock, Amundi and Aberdeen Asset Management told Reuters they have seen almost no outflows. But clients are cutting exposure to index-linked paper in favor of peripheral euro zone bonds or even subordinated...

  • In the first, Forrest rejected an attempt by funds from BlackRock Inc, Allianz SE's Pacific Investment Management Co and TIAA-CREF to hold US Bancorp liable for alleged defects in 843 RMBS trusts collateralized by $778.6 billion of loans, causing tens of billions of dollars of losses. Separately, Forrest said the National Credit Union Administration lacked...

  • No stock bubble yet—and here's why: BlackRock Monday, 18 May 2015 | 7:57 AM ET
    Russ Koesterich, Global Chief Investment Strategist, BlackRock

    Stocks are expensive, but they're not in bubble territory, BlackRock strategist Russ Koesterich says.

  • *Focus is on getting Hong Kong- Shenzhen trading link off ground. HONG KONG, May 14- China's plan to allow cross-border sales of investment funds between the mainland and Hong Kong appears to have lost momentum after opposition from domestic money managers who fear being overwhelmed by global competitors, industry players say. But China seems, instead, to be...

  • Nelson Peltz, who runs the $11 billion Trian Management hedge fund, was dealt a rare setback when investors, including pension fund Calpers, sided with DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman to rebuff his attempt to win four board seats and press the company into breaking itself up. For example, Peltz's partner Ed Garden joined the Bank of New York Mellon board last year, and...

  • More mutual funds are investing in tech start-ups Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 11:19 AM ET
    Silicon Valley

    Mutual fund giants aren't just interested in publicly traded companies. Increasingly, they also want to own a piece of red-hot start-ups.