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  1. Illinois passes bill for pension funds to divest from companies boycotting Israel

    trueThe Illinois General Assembly passed a bill that would require the five state-funded retirement systems to divest investment holdings in companies that boycott Israel.

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  1. Preqin: Sovereign wealth fund assets rise 17% in 18 months to $6.3 trillion

    trueAggregate assets managed by a universe of 73 sovereign wealth funds increased 17% to $6.3 trillion as of March 31, up from $5.4 trillion at the start of October 2013, the last time researcher Preqin reviewed this part of the asset owner industry.

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  2. Abu Dhabi Investment Authority hires investment department manager

    trueSam O'Sullivan was appointed a manager in the investment services department at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

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  3. UBS Global Asset Management taps head of EMEA

    trueOliver Bilal will join UBS Global Asset Management as head of global asset management for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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  4. Korea Investment Corp. looking to add overseas offices in Asia, Middle East

    trueKorea Investment Corp. is looking to expand its overseas network with offices in Asia and the Middle East.

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  5. Illinois Senate to vote on bill to require divestment from companies that boycott Israel

    trueThe Illinois Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill March 24 that would require the five state-funded retirement systems to divest investment holdings in companies that boycott Israel.

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  6. BlackRock hires head of EMEA hedge fund strategies

    trueLuke Dixon joined BlackRock as head of Europe, Middle East and Africa hedge fund investment strategies.

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  7. Neuberger Berman hires head of Middle East and North Africa

    trueJahangir Aka was appointed head of Middle East and North Africa at Neuberger Berman.

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  8. Caisse, Claridge set up joint venture to invest in Israeli technology

    trueCaisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec and Claridge, the family investment office of the Bronfman family, are creating a joint venture to invest in Israel’s civil technology.

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  9. Falling oil prices worry institutional investors

    truePension fund executives, money managers and consultants are keeping a close eye on the potential downward pressure on financial markets and institutional portfolios due to recent sharp falls in the oil price.

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  10. Forecasters see U.S. leading the growth in 2015

    trueThe U.S. will lead the way to an uptick in global market growth in 2015, with different markets picking up steam at different paces, said market forecasters.

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  11. U.S. real estate still attractive to foreign institutional investors

    trueForeign capital is flooding into U.S. real estate despite lower return expectations.

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  12. Kensington starts to attract foreign investors

    trueUntil last year, all of Kensington Realty Advisors Inc.’s investors were based in the U.S.

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  13. S&P Dow Jones downgrades Morocco to frontier market status

    trueMorocco has been reclassified as a frontier market country by S&P Dow Jones Indices, following feedback from market participants.

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