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  1. Timberland returns cut down in second quarter

    trueThe NCREIF Timberland index returned 0.51% in the second quarter, its lowest quarterly return since the first quarter of 2012. It was also the lowest second-quarter return since 2002.

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  1. UTIMCO could move its bullion to Texas

    trueUniversity of Texas System, Austin, might be able to store the $662 million worth of gold bars owned by its endowment funds much closer to home.

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  2. Illinois State Universities looking for active commodities managers

    trueIllinois State Universities Retirement System issued an RFP in a search for active commodities managers to manage a total of $350 million, the system's first such move into the asset class.

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  3. Illinois SURS approves search for first commodities managers

    trueIllinois State Universities Retirement System trustees Thursday approved issuing an RFP for active commodities managers to run a total of $350 million, its first such move in the asset class.

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  4. Denmark's ATP returns 6% in first quarter on Danish equity gains

    trueATP, Hilleroed, Denmark, returned 6% in the first quarter of 2015, boosted by record returns on Danish equities, the pension fund announced Thursday.

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  5. Farmland returns 2.08% in Q1

    trueThe NCREIF Farmland index returned 2.08% in the first quarter -- its lowest first-quarter return since 2010, when the index gained 1.11%.

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  6. Is the dollar peaking?

    trueOn balance, there still looks to be more stagnation around the world than either a boom or a bust. So how can we explain the remarkable rebound in oil prices in recent weeks? The nearby futures price of a barrel of Brent crude has risen to $63.45 on Friday from its recent low of $45.59 on Jan. 13.

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  7. Orange County puts $90 million into Galena Metals Fund

    trueOrange County Employees Retirement System, Santa Ana, Calif., invested $90 million in Galena Metals Fund, managed by Galena Asset Management, subject to completion of on-site due diligence, contract reviews and negotiation of terms.

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  8. Wider implications of oil prices

    trueWith the rapid decline and ongoing volatility in oil prices, investors will already have a sense of how the parts of their portfolios directly exposed to energy have responded, but it is also important to consider the broader investment repercussions for parts of the portfolio that are indirectly ...

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  9. Dollar surge likely to reverse when oil bottoms

    trueLast year, I focused on several cross-market correlations, which worked very well. The price of a barrel of Brent crude oil has been highly correlated with the inverse of the trade-weighted dollar in recent years, and especially last year. Now that the price of oil may be stabilizing around $50, ...

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  10. Timberland posts highest annual return since 2007

    trueThe NCREIF Timberland index returned 10.48% in 2014 -- its highest return since 2007. Last year's return consisted of 7.46% price appreciation and 2.86% income return.

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  11. Farmland returns 12.6% in 2014

    trueFarmland returned 12.63% in 2014, as measured by the NCREIF Farmland index. The return was down from its 20.93% return posted in 2013, but in line with its long-term average of 12.89% over the last 20 years.

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  12. U.S. oil and natural gas rigs down 8.1% from a year ago

    trueThe number of oil and natural gas rigs operating in the U.S. is down 8.1% from a year ago, according to weekly data released by Baker Hughes Inc. As of Friday, 1,633 rigs were operating in the U.S., down from 1,777 a year ago.

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  13. Winners (and losers) of the oil price drop

    trueIncreased volatility as a result of uncertainty about oil prices is something that should have active stock pickers gleeful.

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