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Knight Vinke downplays reported interest in Adidas stake

FRANKFURT/LONDON - Eric Knight, founder of activist fund Knight Vinke, poured cold water on a report he was part of a group of hedge funds seeking to buy a stake in sportwear maker Adidas to pressure management into sweeping changes.

Investors boost hedge fund holdings in August

LONDON - Hedge fund investors added more cash than they redeemed from the asset class in September, following performance gains during August, new data showed on Thursday.

12 Sep 2014

The Scottish play - equity investors hedge against UK split

LONDON - As Scottish opinion polls run neck and neck, investors are scrambling to hedge their trading bets on UK equities to protect against market mayhem if Scotland votes next week to break away from the United Kingdom.

11 Sep 2014

UPDATE 1-Tsunami of sovereign funds threatens world markets, say investors

LONDON - With returns on government bonds at rock-bottom prices, sovereign wealth funds are muscling into stock markets and other higher-yielding assets like real estate at a rate that private investors warn could destabilise the world economy.

08 Sep 2014

Bets against pound, cost of hedging rise on nerves over Scotland

LONDON - The cost of hedging against near-term currency swings from a possible "Yes" vote at Scotland's independence referendum jumped on Monday, with the options market showing its greatest bias for sterling weakness against the dollar in more than two years.

08 Sep 2014

Retail hedge funds to raise $49 billion in next 12 months

LONDON - Investors are expected to pump $49 billion into funds that mimic hedge fund strategies over the next year, to make so-called "liquid alternatives" the fastest growing part of the asset management industry, a survey said.

08 Sep 2014

Risk-averse UK investors slash equity holdings in August

LONDON - British investment managers slashed their equity holdings in August and bumped up their bets on bonds as heightened global tensions prompted a move away from risky assets, a poll showed.

29 Aug 2014

Major banks' first-half commodity revenue climbs 21 pct

LONDON - Commodities revenue at the top 10 investment banks climbed by about a fifth in the first half of the year as a cold winter boosted business in U.S. power and gas and some investors returned to the sector, a consultancy said.

28 Aug 2014

The incredible shrinking Bund yield - going, going ... gone?

LONDON - Benchmark 10-year German government borrowing costs have never been lower, and while the prospect of them dwindling to zero and even below is highly unlikely, it is no longer inconceivable.

26 Aug 2014

Funds could face market curbs after lobbying backfires

LONDON - Fund managers may face tougher scrutiny by global regulators than planned after their intense lobbying against a first proposal backfired, industry sources and G20 officials said.

21 Aug 2014

KKR to lend $175 million to GMR Infrastructure - source

MUMBAI/HONG KONG - U.S. private equity firm KKR & Co LP has agreed to provide about $175 million in financing to GMR Infrastructure Ltd in a debt and equity deal, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.


Interview - EPFO chief urges green light to buy stocks

NEW DELHI - The head of the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) says it has "no option" but to change its rules and put money into riskier investments by buying stocks for the first time to seek higher returns.

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