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  • Treehouse Foods and Sony are big market movers Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 4:25 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Treehouse Foods Inc., up $6.89 to $81.03. Willis Group Holdings PLC, up $1.50 to $46.90.

  • June 30- U.S. stocks shed some of their early gains on Tuesday as nervous investors wondered whether last-minute talks would produce a bailout deal that would keep Greece in the euro. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers she did not expect any new developments, appearing to dash hopes of a deal before Greece defaults on a 1.6 billion euro payment to the...

  • Willis Group joins with Towers Watson in $18B deal Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 6:25 AM ET

    ARLINGTON, Va.— The insurer Willis Group Holdings PLC will tie up with Towers Watson in an all-stock deal valued at about $18 billion. Willis shareholders will own approximately 50.1 percent, and Towers Watson shareholders will own about 49.9 percent of the business. If the reverse stock split is approved by shareholders, Towers Watson shareholders will...

  • LONDON, June 17- Once mainly growth-based investments, emerging markets are seeing a dividend payout culture take root among companies, especially in countries where big local pension funds are pushing for change. With emerging equity performance lagging developed peers for the fifth year running, more companies are realising the role dividend payouts...

  • LONDON, May 27- Australian Symon Drake-Brockman is on the front line of a revolution in European finance. The former head of global debt markets at Royal Bank of Scotland now runs Pemberton Asset Management in London's genteel Belgravia, several miles from the "Square Mile" City of London financial district where bankers work. "We operate more like a lender... we are...

  • 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...

  • *Pension fund managers expect ECB purchases to support market. LONDON, May 8- Following a recent sell-off in German bunds, pension fund managers are resisting making any major changes to their exposure to European government debt, confident that demand from the European Central Bank will stabilize markets. But portfolio managers expect continued European...

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, April 26- Bankers at China's top state lenders are quitting in increasing numbers because of cuts to their pay and perks, and moving to a new breed of financial firms such as leasing companies, trusts and online platforms, bankers and headhunters say. "In the past we wouldn't see CVs from the state sector, but now we do," said Maggy Fang, managing...

  • U.S. CEO pay rose 12 pct in 2014 -Towers Watson Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    Towers Watson& Co, a risk and HR management services provider, said the increase in CEOs' median total pay was much greater than the 1.6 percent increase in 2013, as lower interest rates and other factors drove up pension value. The data comes at a time when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, under pressure from her party's left wing to campaign...

  • Huge pension finally turning to hedge funds Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 2:06 PM ET
    United Nations headquarters building in New York

    The United Nations' $52 billion pension fund is getting close to investing in hedge funds for the first time.

  • "We look for companies that have solid employee rankings and want to buy companies that have improvements in employee opinions," said Paul Ebner, a portfolio manager and member of BlackRock's scientific active equity group, a team of quantitative managers. At BlackRock, which has more than $4.65 trillion in assets, the company's 77- member quantitative team...

  • "We look for companies that have solid employee rankings and want to buy companies that have improvements in employee opinions," said Paul Ebner, a portfolio manager and member of BlackRock's scientific active equity group, a team of quantitative managers. At BlackRock, which has more than $4.65 trillion in assets, the company's 77- member quantitative team...

  • *Pension funds move some hedge funds into equity portfolios. *Seeking protection from overheated equity markets. LONDON, March 30- Pension schemes are changing their attitudes to hedge funds, bringing some into their mainstream equity portfolios in order to access products that offer protection in overheated markets.

  • March 19- While pension funds will catch a break on their funding levels if interest rates rise, they also may suffer if valuations fall at the same time. One group absolutely praying for the Federal Reserve to start a rate hike campaign are the private companies with large pension fund liabilities. The pension deficit among the Fortune 1000 group of companies...

  • March 11- The investment gatekeepers who help control $25 trillion of institutional money have trouble figuring out who is and who isn't good at money management. "We find no evidence that consultants' recommendations add value to plan sponsors," write Tim Jenkinson and Howard Jones of the University of Oxford and Jose Martinez of the University of Connecticut,...

  • 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...

  • Futures point higher; Oil, US data eyed amid Greece Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 8:39 AM ET
    Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open, ahead of key media company earnings and after the ECB put more pressure on Greece's new government.

  • Is lack of tech tool hampering Obamacare sign-ups? Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 1:54 PM ET
    HealthCare.gov website seen on Nov. 12, 2014.

    Web-based insurance brokers don't have a desired tool to help boost Obamacare enrollments despite asking for it for more than a year.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 13- U.S. companies are increasingly penalizing workers who decline to join "wellness" programs, embracing an element of President Barack Obama's healthcare law that has raised questions about fairness in the workplace. Among the two-thirds of large companies using such incentives to encourage participation, almost a quarter are imposing...

  • China's bankers get first pay hike since financial crisis Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:24 PM ET

    Chinese investment banks have awarded the first pay rises since the financial crisis, but salaries and bonuses still trail Western banks'.