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  • *Private placements up 450 pct YoY in Shanghai in Oct/Nov. Newly announced private placements- high-yielding bonds sold directly to institutional investors in one-to-one deals- were more than 60 billion yuan in November on the Shanghai exchange alone, more than the total new corporate debt issued in both Shanghai and Shenzhen as recently as April.

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 21- "Unbelievable", "embarrassing" even "dangerous" are some of the words the financial elite gathered at the World Economic Forum conference in the Swiss resort of Davos have been using to describe U.S. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump. Trump's nationalist rhetoric, particularly proposals to ban Muslims from entering the...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. money market fund assets declined by $13.56 billion to their lowest level in over two months at $2.747 trillion in the week ended Jan 19, as taxable fund yields rose for a second straight week, the Money Fund Report said on Wednesday. Taxable money market fund assets decreased by $11.43 billion to $2.492 trillion, while tax-free assets...

  • An investor stands in front of an electronic board showing stock information in Fuyang, China.

    Net outflows from emerging markets weren't just bigger than expected in 2015, there's more pain to come, the Institute of International Finance said.

  • Jan 19- MetLife Inc, the largest U.S. life insurer, said it has formed a real estate investment venture with New York State Common Retirement Fund, the third-largest U.S. public pension fund. The venture's initial investment portfolio, which will be managed by MetLife Investment Management, comprises seven properties valued at more than $1.4 billion, the company...

  • LONDON, Jan 13- The majority shareholders of Finnish electricity distributor Elenia Oy have lined up Goldman Sachs and Citi to sell the business, in what could be one of Europe's biggest infrastructure deals this year, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Finland's second-biggest electricity distributor is controlled by Goldman Sachs...

  • PARIS/ FRANKFURT, Jan 11- French private equity firm Ardian is seeking to profit from a shake-up of the oil industry after raising a record 2.65 billion euros infrastructure fund. "As an indication of the change, Saudi Aramco has announced to divest stakes of some oil-related assets and we will look at them," he said, adding the new fund could invest 20 percent of its...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 7- Mayor Bill de Blasio has submitted a resolution urging the New York City Police Pension Fund to consider exiting investments in companies that manufacture assault weapons for civilians, the mayor's office said on Thursday. It makes good on the mayor commitment after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, in November, to require all five...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 7- New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio has submitted a resolution to the city's police pension fund, urging it to consider exiting investments in companies that manufacture assault weapons for civilians, the mayor's office said on Thursday. "After the countless tragedies involving assault weapons, public outcry over mass shootings and legislative...

  • Pension funds such as the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board and sovereign wealth funds such as China Investment Corp, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and the Kuwait Investment Authority have already invested in Australian assets and could be prominent players in the new government sales. "There's a massive amount of money looking for yield," said...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 5- DoubleLine Capital, the investment firm with $85 billion in assets overseen by widely followed co-founder Jeffrey Gundlach, posted a net inflow of $1.03 billion into its open-end mutual funds in December, marking the 23rd straight month of inflows. The firm's flagship DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund had a net inflow of $688.82 million in...

  • TORONTO, Jan 4- Canada Pension Plan Investment Board said on Monday it had agreed to buy a student housing portfolio in the United States for around $1.4 billion, in partnership with Singapore wealth fund GIC and The Scion Group. The three parties said they had formed a student housing joint venture, Scion Student Communities, which will acquire University House...

  • BEIJING, Dec 28- The outstanding amount of China's dollar-denominated Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor program rose to $81.07 billion as of Dec. 25, from $79.10 billion at the end of November, the country's foreign exchange regulator said on Monday.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 24- This year, betting on corporate takeovers and restructurings should have been a sure thing for investors as the value of deals soared to record levels. "It turned out to be a very challenging year," said Tristan Thomas, who helps clients select hedge funds at Northern Trust's 50 South Capital. Since January 2010, event driven hedge funds gained an...

  • WATERLOO, Iowa, Dec 23- Matt Happel and Pam Egli are first cousins, part of a sprawling family so big it rents a church hall for Christmas parties. Happel, now a 40- year-old divorced father of three, was laid off in April from Deere& Co.' s transmission factory in Waterloo, where he earned $21 an hour on the assembly line. The Iowa cousins' Wall Street connection is a single,...

  • LONDON, Dec 22- Commodity indices have proved disastrous investments for pension funds and other institutions in the last decade and disappointed again in 2015.. Back in 2005, Gary Gorton and Geert Rouwenhorst published a paper on "Facts and Fantasies about Commodity Futures" which helped popularize commodities as a new "asset class" for institutional...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 18- A new policy aimed at cutting risk from the California Public Employees Retirement System investment portfolio will take years to implement, leaving the largest U.S. public pension still fund vulnerable to a sharp fall in asset performance in the short-term, Moody's said on Friday. Moody's said it approves of Calpers risk-reducing...

  • *Large European funds seeking $30 bln in 2016. LONDON, Dec 18- How to spend it? In Europe alone in 2016, major outfits including Apax, BC Partners, Charterhouse, Cinven and Permira will all be raising funds.

  • BOSTON, Dec 17- Third Avenue's Focused Credit Fund built up a $200 million cash position in the days before its collapse, but that was not enough to meet redemptions because it could not sell even its most liquid assets. New York- based Third Avenue, which shocked Wall Street with its move to shut down the junk bond fund on Dec. 9, described the final days of its...

  • BOSTON, Dec 16- African-Americans have become a shrinking presence in the boardrooms of the biggest U.S. companies in recent years, setting back a push by pension funds for greater diversity. African-Americans, who make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, account for 8.6 percent of the directors on the boards of the largest 200 companies by revenue in the...