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  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 24- A bill to require California's state pension funds Calpers and CalSTRS to sell their investments in companies that generate at least half their revenue from coal mining received three of the four required votes in a preliminary count at a California Assembly committee on Wednesday. In the United States, Stanford University and the...

  • Asia renewable bond market set for takeoff: ADB Monday, 22 Jun 2015 | 9:34 PM ET
    Cows graze in front of wind turbines at the Bharat Light & Power Amberi wind farms in Rewalkawadi, Maharashtra, India.

    Renewable energy bond issuance is set to take off in Asia as new regulations push banks to step back from extending loans to projects, the ADB said.

  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON, June 16- The White House has secured more than $4 billion to boost clean energy and fight climate change from foundations, institutional investors and philanthropies, doubling a goal set in February, administration officials said. Vice President Joe Biden told a conference on clean energy at the White House on Tuesday that a "staggering" number of...

  • WASHINGTON, June 16- The White House has pushed foundations, institutional investors and philanthropies to commit more than $4 billion to clean energy projects and help fight climate change, doubling a goal set in February, officials said. The administration issued a call to action early in the year asking them to make commitments on clean energy innovation,...

  • LONDON, June 11- Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland rose on Thursday after Britain's Finance Minister George Osborne said the government would start selling its 32 billion pound stake in the bank. Analysts said there would be significant interest from institutional investors willing to overlook ongoing issues relating to past misconduct at RBS and...

  • June 8- The California Public Employees' Retirement System intends to cut ties with roughly half of the firms handling its money to reduce fees paid to investment managers, the Wall Street Journal reported. Calpers, the largest pension fund in the United States, will tell its investment board on June 15 that it plans to cut the number of direct relationships it has...

  • NEW YORK, June 7- General Electric Co is nearing an agreement to sell its private equity lending unit to Canada's biggest pension fund, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. Terms are still being negotiated for a takeover that would include more than $10 billion of assets, but less than the unit's full book of $16 billion, the WSJ added. The private equity...

  • NEW YORK, June 7- General Electric Co is nearing an agreement to sell its private-equity lending unit to Canada's biggest pension fund, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. GE and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board are aiming to sign the deal Monday, the WSJ said, citing people familiar with the matter. Terms are still being negotiated for a takeover...

  • LONDON, June 5- The newly-formed Global Infrastructure Investor Association said on Friday it had appointed Matthew Farnum-Schneider, a managing director at insurer Prudential, as its first chairman. Henk Huizing, investment director of Dutch pension fund PGGM, and Andrew Claerhout, head of infrastructure for Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, were appointed...

  • TOKYO, June 5- Japan's trillion dollar pension fund expects the yen to remain weak against the dollar, meaning there is no immediate need for it to hedge against the risk of it turning stronger, the fund's head said on Friday. Takahiro Mitani, president of the Government Pension Investment Fund, said that since the United States is expected to raise interest rates...

  • TOKYO, June 5- Japan's trillion dollar pension fund sees no imminent need to consider hedging against the risk of a stronger yen because diverging U.S. and Japanese monetary policies will keep the yen weak against the dollar, the head of the fund said on Friday. Takahiro Mitani, president of the Government Pension Investment Fund, also said the world's biggest...

  • LONDON/ AMSTERDAM, June 4- The European Commission will give banks in the EU another six-month exemption until December from having to hold extra capital to cover transactions at clearing houses that don't meet the bloc's standards. "The decision will give the market the legal certainty it needs for the next six months," EU financial services commissioner,...

  • By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO, June 2- Institutional investors including hedge funds are scrutinising the past performance of Japanese government bonds for clues on where French sovereign debt is headed following one of its biggest routs in years. The swings in French bonds are so similar that some hedge funds have created charts plotting European yields over...

  • Thousands more Madoff victims may get payouts Friday, 29 May 2015 | 6:36 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 29- Roughly 11,000 additional victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme may recover some of their losses, and the number could double as an official overseeing a $4.05 billion compensation fund set up by the U.S. government reviews more claims. In an update this week, the Madoff Victim Fund's special master, Richard Breeden, said he would recommend...

  • China's QFII quota rises to $74.47 bln in May Friday, 29 May 2015 | 3:14 AM ET

    BEIJING, May 29- The outstanding amount of China's dollar-denominated Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor programme rose to $74.47 billion as of May 29 from $73.6 billion at the end of April, China's foreign exchange regulator said on Friday.

  • 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...

  • TORONTO, May 26- Air Canada said on Tuesday it plans to redeploy capital toward share buybacks, debt repayment and increased investment in new aircraft, as its once huge pension fund deficit has now been wiped out much earlier than expected. Its pension fund deficit stood at C $4.2 billion in 2012, and Air Canada struck a deal with the government in 2013 that gave it...

  • TOKYO, May 26- Japanese government bond prices stood little changed on Tuesday after paring earlier losses on decent results from a 20- year debt auction. Japan's public pension funds have been moving away from government bonds and into stocks and foreign assets in search of higher returns. Yet heavy buying of JGBs by the Bank of Japan conducting its...

  • May 25- A labor-affiliated pension fund adviser is seeking an inquest into the auditor of Wal Mart Stores Inc, Ernst& Young LLP, accusing the auditing firm of knowing about possible bribery in Mexico long before the retailer disclosed it to U.S. authorities. CtW Investment Group, an adviser to union pension funds holding about 0.15 percent of Wal-Mart's shares,...