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  1. Russell Investments selects head of currency and fixed-income strategy

    trueVan Luu joined Russell Investments as head of currency and fixed income strategy.

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  2. Invesco: Sovereign wealth funds likely to lower home-market bond holdings

    trueBond markets across the globe look set to lose further favor with sovereign wealth fund investors as a net 47% say they expect to decrease their home-market bond exposures.

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  3. Goldman: Outsourced insurance assets market to grow 10% annually

    trueGlobal outsourced insurance assets will reach $2.6 trillion by 2019, according to a Goldman Sachs presentation Tuesday at the Deutsche Bank Global Financial Services Investor Conference.

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  4. New Mexico PERA earmarks up to $560 million for 4 managers

    trueNew Mexico Public Employees Retirement Association hired four managers to run emerging market equities, high-yield fixed income and alternatives portfolios.

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  5. Texas Municipal taps 2 for emerging markets debt

    trueTexas Municipal Retirement System, Austin, hired BlueBay Asset Management and AllianceBernstein to run about $240 million each in emerging markets debt

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  6. Ohio School Employees signs Western Asset for high-yield credit energy strategy

    trueOhio School Employees Retirement System, Columbus, hired Western Asset Management Co. to run $50 million in a high-yield credit energy strategy.

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  7. Investors pushing out of peripheral European bonds to safety of Germany, France

    trueContinued uncertainty related to Greece’s ability to meet loan obligations, a potential exit from the eurozone and worries of a contagion effect to Spain has pushed investors to sell out of peripheral European bonds and opt for German and French government bonds.

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  8. Atlanta General Employees taps emerging markets equity, global bond managers

    trueAtlanta General Employees’ Pension Fund hired EARNEST Partners to manage a $37 million active emerging markets equity portfolio and Colchester Global Investments to manage a $74 million global fixed-income portfolio.

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  9. Cambridge Retirement seeks high-yield bond manager

    trueCambridge (Mass.) Retirement System is searching for a manager to run about $55 million in a conservative high-yield fixed-income portfolio.

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  10. Firms large and small benefit from PIMCO's problems

    trueBoth large and small fixed-income managers benefited from the turmoil at PIMCO in 2014 as institutional investors moved assets out of the bond giant and into core-plus strategies run by other firms, Pensions & Investments data and interviews show.

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  11. Caution flag raised on unconstrained strategies

    trueUnconstrained fixed-income strategies, while popular with institutional investors as a way to reduce interest-rate risk and remove benchmark constraints, could be exposing investors to a whole new set of risks, industry experts say.

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  12. Greece becomes roadblock for European investment

    trueMounting tensions over the situation in Greece and the potential for a default or exit from the eurozone are in part holding back institutions from investing in an otherwise positive story for Europe.

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  13. Woburn Retirement seeking high-yield bond, U.S. large-cap core equity managers

    trueWoburn (Mass.) Retirement System is searching for a high-yield bond manager to run up to $6.5 million and a passive U.S. large-cap core equity manager to run about $11.6 million for the $130 million pension fund.

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  14. Mercer: U.S. fixed-income searches on the rise; equities continue decline

    trueU.S. fixed income was the most popular asset allocation search by investors across the globe in 2014, while demand for equities managers continued to dwindle, said a new report from Mercer.

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