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  1. Metropolitan District Commission seeks managers for 7 strategies

    trueMetropolitan District Commission, Hartford, Conn., is looking for managers to run a total of $170 million across seven strategies for its $200 million pension fund, said William Dahab, principal and director of research at Dahab Associates, investment consultant for the commission.

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  2. Plymouth Contributory looking for U.S. large-cap growth equity manager

    truePlymouth (Mass.) Contributory Retirement System is searching for an active domestic large-cap growth equity manager to run about $7.5 million.

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  3. Belmont Contributory Retirement searching for index equity manager

    trueBelmont (Mass.) Contributory Retirement System is searching for a manager to run about $9.5 million in an S&P 500 index fund.

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  4. SEC releases tick size pilot program plan for comment

    trueThe SEC late Monday released for public comment its plan to do a one-year pilot program to widen minimum tick sizes for small-cap stocks.

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  5. New Mexico Educational lines up $400 million for emerging markets

    trueNew Mexico Educational Retirement Board invested $200 million each with Robeco and Parametric Clifton for emerging markets equity portfolios.

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  6. London Borough of Camden signs Harris for unconstrained global equity

    trueLondon Borough of Camden Pension Fund hired Harris Associates to run an unconstrained global equity allocation.

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  7. Chicago Laborers lines up international equity search

    trueChicago Laborers’ Annuity & Benefit Fund plans to issue an RFP for an international equity manager.

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  8. Illinois State Board of Investment seeks small-cap option for 457 plan

    trueIllinois State Board of Investment is searching for an active domestic small-cap growth equity manager for the state’s $4.1 billion deferred compensation plan.

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  9. Consultant Kirstein calls on Standard Life for $200 million global equity allocation

    trueDanish consultant Kirstein hired Standard Life Investments to run a $200 million global equity allocation on behalf of one of its clients.

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  10. ETP traders not responding to exchange overtures

    trueAll too often, exchange-traded products are described as mutual funds that trade like stocks. A closer look reveals that not to be the case. To the surprise of many, ETP traders are comfortable in the dark.

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  11. VIX futures flatten after wild ride

    trueThe VIX fell 25.8% this week as volatility appeared to recede from U.S. equity markets. The S&P 500 gained 3.2% this week and has risen 5.5% since bottoming on Oct. 15. The VIX eclipsed 30 on an intraday basis on Oct. 15 and has steadily fallen since, to 16.35 at the close of markets Friday.

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  12. Stamford Firefighters taps Glovista for emerging markets equities

    trueStamford (Conn.) Firefighters’ Pension Fund hired Glovista Investments to manage $7 million in active emerging markets equities, said John Beirne Jr., founder and chief investment officer of Beirne Wealth Consulting, the pension fund's investment consultant.

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  13. Canadian pension funds return 1.1% in quarter on foreign currency gains

    trueCanadian defined benefit plans in the RBC Investor & Treasury Services universe returned 1.1% in the third quarter and 8.6% for the first nine months of 2014.

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  14. BNP Paribas hires equities director for institutional business

    trueGuy Davies joined BNP Paribas Investment Partners as director-equities in its institutional business unit.

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