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  1. Access to liquidity key concern for equity traders, survey finds

    trueEighty-four percent of institutional equity traders are either “concerned” or “very concerned” about sourcing liquidity in the current market, according to a Liquidnet survey.

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  1. CalSTRS taps Parametric for $100 million overlay strategy

    trueCalifornia State Teachers' Retirement System hired Parametric Portfolio Associates for a $100 million equity overlay strategy.

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  2. Pension funds cashing in on the Kraft/Heinz deal

    trueThe top 10 pension fund holders of Kraft Foods Group stock made nearly $250 million Wednesday morning (on paper) after the announcement the firm would merge with H.J. Heinz Co.

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  3. Old age doesn't kill bull markets

    trueA long expansion is a persuasive argument for buying stocks even though forward price-to-earnings ratios are historically high. Investors are likely to be willing to pay more for stocks if they perceive the economic expansion could last, let's say, another four years rather than another two years. ...

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  4. CFA Society of the U.K. members see developed markets equities as overvalued

    trueDeveloped markets equities are overvalued, say a net 52% of U.K. respondents to a survey by the CFA Society.

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  5. HSBC Global Asset Management names head of passive equity

    trueJoseph Molloy joined HSBC Global Asset Management as head of passive equity.

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  6. Stock buybacks up 16.3% in 2014

    trueS&P 500 company share buybacks totaled $553.3 billion in 2014, according to preliminary data released Monday by S&P Dow Jones Indices. That figure is up 16.3% from 2013.

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  7. Japan's big public funds adopt GPIF's equity-heavy asset allocation targets

    trueThree large pension funds for public employees in Japan on Friday signed on to the equity-heavy asset allocation targets announced last October by the ¥137 trillion ($1.13 trillion) Government Pension Investment Fund.

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  8. San Jose Police & Fire collars Dimensional for emerging markets equity

    trueSan Jose (Calif.) Police & Fire Department Retirement Plan hired Dimensional Fund Advisors to manage $50 million in active emerging markets value equities, said Ron Kumar, investment officer.

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  9. More small caps paying dividends

    trueThere has been a 10.2% increase in the number of domestic small-cap companies (in the S&P 600 index) paying dividends, since the end of 2013. For the 20-year period ended Dec. 31, 2014, the number of S&P 600 companies paying a dividend is up 22.3%.

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  10. Tail hedging review

    trueSince the start of 2014, we have witnessed increasing interest in tail hedging with large global institutions looking to develop tail hedge mandates. Recent bouts of turbulence since October 2014 have intensified that interest, especially since volatility levels have continued to fluctuate rapidly, ...

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  11. Lothian Pension Fund adds £300 million in-house global equity portfolio

    trueLothian Pension Fund created a £300 million ($450.9 million) in-house global equity portfolio.

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  12. In defense of stock buybacks

    trueThere's a specter haunting the financial landscape. Or at least you might think so, judging from the mainstream financial press. The threat du jour is share buybacks, if you can believe that.

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  13. Lauderhill Firefighters plans to hire Invesco for international equity

    trueLauderhill Firefighters’ Retirement System, Palatka, Fla., plans to hire Invesco to run $3 million in international growth equities.

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