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    trueOne of the most obvious outcomes of diverging monetary policy has been the depreciation of currencies in an effort to make markets more attractive. The euro vs. dollar was at 1.23 on Dec. 18, compared with 1.37 for the same date in 2013.

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  1. Institutions wary about Russia

    trueFalling oil prices, a plummeting currency, sanctions and the threat of capital controls in Russia are forcing investors and index providers to intensify their focus on that market.

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  2. ERAFP on lookout for Asia-Pacific SRI equity managers to run €400 million

    trueEtablissement de Retraite Additionnelle de la Fonction Publique, Paris, is searching for three money managers to run a total of €400 million ($501 million) allocation to a socially responsible investing strategy for Asia-Pacific equities.

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  3. Aegon Asset Management, La Banque Postale to form partnership

    trueAegon Asset Management and La Banque Postale Asset Management entered into discussions to form a strategic money management partnership that will see Aegon take a 25% minority stake in LBPAM.

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  4. William Blair boosts European consultant relations team

    truePeter Gibson was hired at William Blair & Co. to lead consultant relations in Europe, said spokesman Matt Rogers.

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  5. Norway panel rejects divestment call for $870 billion fund

    trueA government-appointed panel rejected calls for Norway's $870 billion Government Pension Fund Global to sell out of coal and other fossil-fuel producers, arguing active ownership is more effective against climate change.

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  6. ERAFP gets green light to invest additional €5.5 billion in equities

    trueEtablissement de Retraite Additionnelle de la Fonction Publique will invest an additional €5.5 billion ($6.8 billion) in equities over the next several years, increasing its allocation to 40% of the total portfolio, up from the current 25%.

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  7. Norway's Government Pension Fund Global weighs expanding into infrastructure

    trueNorway moved a step closer to deciding whether its sovereign wealth fund will be allowed to broaden its investments to include infrastructure as part of a strategy to increase returns.

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  8. SSgA hires head of European distribution

    trueRory Tobin was named head of European distribution at State Street Global Advisors.

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    trueSandro Pierri will leave Pioneer Investments as CEO next year.

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  10. OECD warns European Central bank needs stronger policies to avoid stagnation

    trueThe European Central Bank must implement stronger policies if it is to avoid a prolonged period of stagnation, and to prevent unintended effects to other economies, warned the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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  11. Alcentra closes European direct lending fund at just over $1 billion

    trueAlcentra Group’s European Direct Lending Fund held a final close of €850 million ($1.06 billion).

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  12. EU threat of soft-dollar ban still alive, raising questions for managers

    trueThe possibility of European regulations banning the use of soft dollars for third-party research is alive and well, despite talk in the U.K. and Europe that regulators would settle for something that falls short of a ban.

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  13. Dutch manager MN to cut 200 jobs as part of 4-year 'efficiency' program

    trueDutch money manager MN has launched a four-year cost-cutting and efficiency program in the Netherlands that will include the loss of more than 200 full-time jobs, said a spokeswoman for the firm.

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