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  1. Illinois State Board mulling changes to asset mix to lower volatility

    trueIllinois State Board of Investment, Chicago, is reviewing its asset allocation for potential changes to reduce volatility after lowering its assumed rate of return on investments to 7.25%, said William R. Atwood, executive director.

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  2. Precedent is upheld on class-action lawsuits that are spurred by stock losses

    truePension funds and other institutional shareholders pursuing securities class-action lawsuits got a big vote of confidence from the Supreme Court in late June that could lead to more scrutiny of corporate and market practices, and more financial recovery, some experts say.

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  3. A good first half for equities

    trueWhile equity markets worldwide continued to drift higher halfway through 2014, interest rates fell, surprising many.

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  4. Dow Jones tops 17,000 as June payrolls rise amid ECB stimulus

    trueThe Dow Jones industrial average on Thursday climbed above 17,000 for the first time as data showed employers added more workers than projected in June and the European Central Bank disclosed details of its stimulus plans.

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  5. El Paso Employees lassos AQR for emerging markets equity

    trueEl Paso (Texas) City Employees' Pension Fund hired AQR Capital Management to run $17 million in emerging markets equity.

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  6. Adams County Retirement Plan sets new target asset allocation

    trueAdams County Retirement Plan, Brighton, Colo., approved several changes to its target asset allocation.

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  7. Louisiana Municipal Employees signs international growth equity manager

    trueLouisiana Municipal Employees’ Retirement System, Baton Rouge, hired WCM Investment Management to run $15 million in active international growth equities.

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  8. St. Louis Firefighters' Retirement Plan goes with Vanguard funds

    trueSt. Louis Firefighters' Retirement Plan made investments in two Vanguard Group index mutual funds totaling $3 million.

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  9. Number of IPOs up 74% in Q2; proceeds rise 42%

    trueThe number of initial public offerings in the second quarter rose 74% from a year ago, according to Renaissance Capital's Q2 review of the global IPO market.

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  10. ERAFP wants SRI equity, bond managers

    trueERAFP is searching for eight money managers to run a total of at least €2.9 billion ($3.85 billion).

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  11. Stock buybacks charge up the bull market

    trueThe bull market in the S&P 500 since March 2009 has been marked by corporations buying back their shares and paying out dividends. From Q1 2009 through Q1 2014, S&P 500 companies repurchased $1.9 trillion of their shares and paid out $1.3 trillion in dividends. During the first quarter of this ...

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  12. GW&K continues to spread its wings 6 years after getting new parent

    trueGW&K Investment Management has tripled its assets under management and more than quadrupled its institutional AUM in the almost six years since it left from under the wing of former parent company Bank of New York Mellon and became an affiliate of Affiliated Managers Group Inc.

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  13. SWFs gorging on alternatives, Invesco survey says

    trueA year of solid returns for global equities hasn't derailed a broad-based push by sovereign wealth funds into alternative strategies, according to Atlanta-based Invesco Ltd.'s second annual report on the industry.

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  14. Aurora General Employees drops Cadence Capital in strategy switch

    trueAurora (Colo.) General Employees’ Retirement Plan terminated Cadence Capital Management as an active domestic small-cap growth equity manager, said Thomas Connell, pension plan administrator.

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