World food prices keep on rising -UN-continued

April 5, 2012--Global food prices rose in March for a third successive month, driven by gains in grains and vegetable oils, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Thursday, putting food inflation firmly back on the economic agenda.
Food prices hit record highs in February 2011 and stoked protests connected to the Arab Spring wave of civil unrest in some north African and middle eastern countries. They then receded but started to grow again in January.

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BIS-Credit risk management across sectors-report released by the Joint Forum
June 2, 2015--Today the Joint Forum released its report Developments in credit risk management across sectors: current practices and recommendations.
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OFR Working Paper--Systemwide Commonalities in Market Liquidity
May 28, 2015--This paper identifies hidden liquidity regimes (high, medium and low) across a broad range of financial markets that can be used for characterizing periods of market stress and identifying underlying predictors of liquidity shocks.
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DECPG Global Weekly
May 29, 2015--Taking Stock
U.S. GDP contracted in Q1 2015. According to a second official estimate, U.S. GDP contracted 0.7 percent (q/q saar) in Q1 2015, a downward revision from the earlier estimate showing a 0.2 percent uptick.
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MSCI launches new ESG Ratings Service
May 28, 2015--Index provider MSCI has announced the launch of the MSCI ESG Ratings tool,
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BSE derivatives volumes exceed 1 billion contracts on its Deutsche Börse T7 powered trading platform
May 28, 2015--BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange) and Deutsche Börse today announced that the cumulative volume on BSE's derivatives markets since the launch of its new trading platform BOLT Plus-which is based on Deutsche BBörse's T7 trading technology-has surpassed the 1 billion traded contracts mark.
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Is China backing the Yuan with gold?
The inconvenient truth about a gold-backed Yuan.
May 27, 2015--Over the last several years, there have been many stories about the rising Chinese economy and an increasing role for the Chinese currency on the world stage.
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UPDATE 1-Global lower rate environment harmful to investors-BlackRock CEO
May 27, 2015--Lowering interest rates around the world to boost the global economy has reached a point where it is now "quite harmful" to clients, including pension funds and insurers, BlackRock Inc Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Laurence Fink said on Wednesday.
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DGCX's MoU with Bank of China Seeks to Increase Interaction Be-tween UAE and Chinese Financial Markets.
May 27, 2015--The Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Bank of China (BOC).
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Shanghai Stock Exchange, China Financial Futures Exchange and Deutsche Börse agree on joint venture
May 27, 2015--Shanghai Stock Exchange,, China Financial Futures Exchange and Deutsche Börse today agreed on a strategic cooperation to launch a joint venture. It has the objective to develop and to market financial instruments based on Chinese underlyings to international investors outside mainland China.
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2015 World Energy Trilemma Report: ambitious climate framework needed now, says energy sector
May 26, 2015--Global policy uncertainty is one of the biggest obstacles to gaining the $48-53 trillion of investment needed to address climate challenges.
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The Simple Reason Why Everyone Wants New Corporate Bonds
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May 26, 2015--Wall Street investment managers are inevitably judged against a benchmark such as a broad index of stocks or bonds or a mix of the two.
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How your peers view robo-advisers
Advisers' answers to big questions about robo-advice
May 26, 2015--In a study set to publish in the coming week, InvestmentNews Research, in partnership with BlackRock,
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Beware of risks in frontier market and EM corporate debt, warns HSBC
May 26, 2015--Investors must tread cautiously when searching for yield in emerging market debt (EMD), HSBC Global Asset Management has cautioned.
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Emerging Market ETFs Ride China Wave
May 26, 2015--Emerging market funds are in full bloom.
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Smart beta strategies risk becoming crowded
May 26, 2015--If finance is all Greek to you, you are not alone.
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ETFs endure Goldin-Hanergy rollercoaster
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International Investing: Portugal Keeps Coming Up In the News
May 26, 2015--Portugal fascinates me. Ever since I wrote an article examining whether the Greek crisis had spread to other countries in the EU which are dealing with similar austerity programs, I found Portugal intriguing.
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OPEC Monthly Oil Market Report May 2015
May 26, 2015--Oil market highlights
Crude Oil Price Movements
The OPEC Reference Basket rose in April to its highest value this year supported by various bullish factors.
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FTSE Starts Transition To Include China A Shares In Global Benchmarks
May 26, 2015--China could be included in key benchmark in two years
China A shares to have initial weighting of 5 pct in new indexes
Tax, capital mobility, and clearing remain key hurdles
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FSB publishes Thematic Review on Supervisory Frameworks and Approaches for SIBs
May 26, 2015--The Financial Stability Board (FSB) published today a thematic peer review on supervisory frameworks and approaches for systemically important banks (SIBs).
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ISRA and SC Launch Joint Publication on "Islamic Capital Markets: Principles and Practices"
May 26, 2015--The International Shari'ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance (ISRA) and the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) today launched a joint publication on "Islamic Capital Markets: Principles and Practices."
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Stoxx Changes Composition Of Benchmark Indices
Results of the second regular quarterly review to be effective Jun. 22, 2015
May 26, 2015--STOXX Limited, the market-moving provider of innovative, tradable and global index concepts, today announced the new composition of STOXX Benchmarks and their sub and sector indices, among them the STOXX Europe 600 Index, STOXX North America 600 Index and STOXX Asia/Pacific 600 Index.
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World Bank-Carbon Pricing Initiatives Valued at Close to US$50 billion
May 26, 2015--New Countries and Regions are Putting a Price on Carbon
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FTSE to upgrade Palestine Exchange to Frontier market status
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Smart beta here to stay, research confirms
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DECPG Global Weekly
May 22, 2015--Taking Stock
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WEF-Bringing Space Down to Earth,
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May 21, 2015-- STORY HIGHLIGHTS
The World Bank pioneered the green bond market, issuing its first green bond in 2008.
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China to boost investment in Russia by 150% in 5yrs-official
May 20, 2015--China may more than double its investment in the Russian economy to $10 billion within 5 years if conditions are favorable, said the Deputy Secretary-General of the China Overseas Development Association He Zhenwei.
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World Bond Market Breaks Apart After Years of Trading in Sync
May 20, 2015--The relationship between the U.S. and Europe is breaking down in the bond market.
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Why Liquidity-Starved Markets Fear the Worst?
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Asset owner adoption of smart beta growing and broadening according to new FTSE Russell global survey
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STOXX Ltd. Licenses EURO STOXX 50 To Japan's Nikko Asset Management For Passive Product
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IMF-Caucasus, Central Asia Feel Impact of Adverse Shocks
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Euronext and Shenzhen Stock Exchange Announce Partnership on Exchange Traded Funds and Indices
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Tackling the Challenge of Embedded Derivatives
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Islamic funds industry to grow to USD77b by 2019-TR report
May 19, 2015--Global Islamic funds under management expected to reach $77 billion by 2019
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Investors Turn To Gold ETF Options As Hedges
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Bond Market Challenges Boost Demand for Fixed-Income ETFs
May 18, 2015--New Greenwich Report Shows Liquidity Losses and Other Structural Changes Increasing Institutional Use of Bond ETFs
A loss of liquidity in global fixed-income markets and a host of other challenges facing investors has set the stage for what could be significant increases in institutional use of bond ETFs, according to the results of a new study,
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WEF-The Role of Financial Services in Society: Statement in support of macroprudential policies
May 18, 2015--Fifteen CEOs, chairmen and senior executives of large financial institutions in Europe and North America have endorsed a "Statement in support of macro-prudential policies" designed to reduce systemic risk.
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North American Institutional Investors to Plough Billions into Europe with a 'Shopping List' Of Infrastructure and Property Projects
May 18, 2015--Europe is now their Number One foreign investment target, followed by Asia and sub-Saharan Africa
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LSEG Launches New FTSE Russell Brand
May 18, 2015--New combined global index brand launched today
Important milestone in integration of FTSE and Russell Indexes
Creates true global leader in index benchmarking and analytics
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Chinese shares to 'become 20% of portfolios'
May 17, 2015--China's $6tn onshore A-shares market is just two to three years away from being included in the major emerging market indices, Mark Makepeace, chief executive of the FTSE Group, has said.
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State Street Global Advisors-Weekly Market Report
May 15, 2015--This Week's Highlights-Economies
Data mostly disappoint in the US. Manufacturing sales jump in Canada. The Bank of England leaves policy unchanged and strikes a cautious tone on future tightening. GDP growth improves in the eurozone.
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DECPG Global Weekly
May 15, 2015--Taking Stock
Eurozone GDP growth saw its best performance in seven quarters. According to flash estimates, Eurozone GDP expanded 0.4 percent (q/q) in Q1 2015, as expected, faster than the 0.3 percent growth in Q4 2014. Growth in France, Spain and Italy accelerated, offsetting Germany's weak performance.
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Cybersecurity Costs Climb
May 15, 2015--The threat of cyber-attacks is prompting renewed vigilance by financial institutions, which must face with an escalating number of potential attacks at a time of constrained IT budgets.
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World Gold Council-Gold Demand Trends Q1 2015
May 14, 2015--In a generally quiet quarter, global demand dipped 1% to 1,079t. However, the gold market's complex eco-system was well balanced in Q1 2015.
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Deutsche Boerse incoming CEO banks on Asia
May 13, 2015--Deutsche Böerse's incoming chief executive is banking on Asia boosting the financial market operator's business in the coming years, he said on Wednesday.
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ETF companies boost bank credit lines amid liquidity concern
May 13, 2015--The biggest providers of exchange-traded funds, which have been funneling billions of investor dollars into some little-traded corners of the bond market, are bolstering bank credit lines for cash to tap in the event of a market meltdown.
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Pricing Talent: Fulfilling People's Potential Could Boost Global GDP by 20%
May 13, 2015--New Human Capital Report finds that a world where "nobody is left behind" remains a distant prospect
First study of its kind measures countries' ability to nurture people's talent through education, skills development and deployment
Finland tops the index, having developed and deployed 86% of its human capital potential
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BlackRockETP Landscape: Fixed income drives flows
May 12, 2015--BROAD EM EQUITY, CURRENCY-HEDGED EQUITY AND FIXED INCOME HIGHLIGHT APRIL ETP FLOWS
Global ETP inflows moderated to $6.5bn in April, reflecting renewed momentum for fixed income flows as well as mixed results for equities ever since the U.S.Fed took a more cautious stance during its mid-March meeting
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BetaShares Global Market Review: April 2015
May 12, 2015--The main theme last month was a bounce back in commodities due (perversely) to softer US and Chinese economic data, which softened the $US and raised hopes for more monetary stimulus.
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ETF Securities-April Precious Metals Monthly-A Mean Reversion Month
May 12, 2015--Gold consolidates despite the US dollar declining the most in 4 years and oil rallying the most in 6 years.
Record stock prices and rate hike fears despite weaker economic data puts a lid on gold prices.
Palladium was the best performer on the back of the surprise bank reserve cut in China and strong auto sales.
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OPEC Sees Oil Price Below $100 a Barrel in the Next Decade
Pessimistic Assessment May Mean That the Oil Cartel Returns to Production Quotas
May 12, 2015--The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries doesn't see oil prices consistently trading at $100 a barrel again in the next decade, a pessimistic assessment that has the group considering the return of production limits to influence the market, according to people familiar with a recent strategy report.
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Platforms accused of pulling the wool over assets
May 12, 2015--Platform providers have been accused of attempting to secure inflows from advisers using asset under management
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BIS, ECB and IMF publish the Handbook on Securities Statistics
May 12, 2015--The joint handbook assists the production of internationally comparable securities statistics.
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Horizon Software Upgrades Delta One Trading System to Support ETFs
May 11, 2015--As Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are still out-growing the wider asset management industry, Horizon Software has released a new version of its trading platform for electronic trading and market making to support growth
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New Report Shows How to Decarbonize Development with 3 Steps to a Zero Carbon Future
May 11, 2015--A new World Bank Group report lays out three steps countries can follow to reduce net emissions of greenhouse gases to zero and stabilize climate change: Plan for the end goal, not just the short-term; get prices right as part of a broad policy package that triggers changes in investment and behavior; and smooth the transition for those most affected.
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China Eclipses U.S. To Become World's Largest Importer Of Crude Oil
May 11, 2015--China has overtaken the U.S. as the world's largest importer of crude oil for the first time, according to a report from the Financial Times (FT).
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Nasdaq adopts bitcoin backbone for stocks
May 11, 2015--Nasdaq is to start using the technology behind the virtual currency bitcoin to handle transactions on its market, making it what is thought to be the first major financial market to adopt the idea.
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Assets in ETFs Linked to MSCI Indexes Reach Record High of $418 Billion
May 11, 2015--MSCI Inc., leading provider of research-based indexes and analytics, reports that assets in ETFs linked to MSCI indexes grew more than 12 percent in the first quarter of 2015, reaching an all-time high of $418 billion.
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WisdomTree downplays concerns over concentration risk
May 8, 2015--While a gust of interest in hedging out a declining US dollar has sent WisdomTree's sales soaring, executives are shaking off questions about whether the firm's'sales and revenues are overly concentrated in in its two
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State Street Global Advisors-Weekly Market Report
May 8, 2015--This Week's Highlights-Economies
Manufacturing activity is sluggish across the G7. Employment rises solidly in the US. Unemployment is unchanged in Canada. Solid services continue to bolster activity in the UK. Industrial production rises in Italy but falls in Germany and France.
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DECPG Global Weekly
May 8, 2015--Taking Stock
The sell-off in Eurozone government bonds continued throughout the week. The yield on German 10-year bunds jumped as much as 21 basis points (bps) to 0.80 percent Thursday morning before easing to 0.6 percent on Friday.
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BIS Working Paper-Leverage dynamics and the real burden of debt
May 8, 2015--In addition to leverage, the aggregate debt service burden is an important link between financial and real developments. Using US data from 1985 to 2013, we find that it has sizable negative effects on credit and expenditure growth.
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Assets in ETFs/ETPs globally reached a new record 2.998 trillion US dollars but fell short of breaking through the 3 trillion milestone at the end of April according to ETFGI
May 8, 2015--Assets in ETFs/ETPs globally reached a new record 2.998 trillion US dollars but fell short of breaking through the 3 trillion milestone at the end of April according to ETFGI's preliminary monthly ETF and ETP global insight report for April 2015.
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UN predicts world food import bill to fall to five-year low, amid hefty commodity supply
May 7, 2015-- A report on agricultural commodity prices released today by the United Nations agricultural agency says that hefty supply levels mean rates will continue to decline despite pressure from a slight reduction in global harvests.
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STOXX signs MOU to license smart-beta indices to Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking (MUTB)
May 7, 2015--STOXX Limited, the market-moving provider of innovative, tradable and global index concepts, today announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corp. (MUTB), the leading Japanese trust bank, to create and market new smart-beta indices.
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Upcoming Launch of MSCI Saudi Arabia Indexes
May 7, 2015--MSCI Inc. (NYSE: MSCI), a leading provider of research?based indexes and analytics, is pleased to announce that it plans to launch MSCI Saudi Arabia Indexes as Standalone Market Indexes effective June 1, 2015, coinciding with the expected opening of the Saudi Arabia equity market to foreign direct investments.
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BATS Sets Monthly Records in U.S. Options, Europe Trade Reporting;
May 7, 2015--BATS Global Markets (BATS) today reported April volume, market share, and monthly highlights including its best month on record for U.S. Options market share, 9.9%, and second-best month on record for U.S. equities market share, 21.2%.
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Why robo-advisors look set for malfunction
May 7, 2015--There has been a lot of noise about the provision of low-cost, automated strategic asset allocation portfolios to retail clients
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Paper Funded by OFR Grant Examines High-Frequency Trading and Large Datasets
May 7, 2015--A recent paper funded by the OFR through its joint grant program with the National Science Foundation (NSF) offers insights into the impact on the financial system of trading activity at the nanosecond level. The paper, the first produced through this OFR-NSF partnership, also contributes to developing technologies for working with large datasets, an important area of research for the OFR, and fosters a better understanding of market liquidity.
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BlueStar Israel Equity Update-"Pharma Drama" Fuels Israeli Stock Gains in April
May 6, 2015--Israeli equities continued their upward move in April, reaching new highs in both ILS and USD terms, before pulling back slightly at the end of the month. BIGI(R) rose 2.70% during the month, most of which was attributable to the sharp rise in Perrigo shares after US rival Mylan made an unsolicited takeover bid well above the market price.
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Pimco vs Vanguard: numbers tell the story
May 5, 2015--The changing of the guard among bond funds, as Vanguard surpasses Pimco as the manager of the world's largest fund, has its roots in two places
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Pimco vs Vanguard: numbers tell the story
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China share in global indices set to rise
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BATS Files Exclusive Listings Proposal
Seeks to Improve Investors' Trading Experience in Thinly-Traded Securities
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DB-Synthetic Equity & Index Strategy-Global-The Flow Whisperer-TAARSS says prefer Intl DM and EM equities in May
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Experts see trouble ahead from MiFID II
Rules for non-equity trading could wind up pinching asset owners
May 4, 2015--European market regulators' efforts to apply equity templates to trading in other asset classes will be felt by U.S. money managers and asset owners through higher trading costs,
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Oil hits 2015 high as traders look beyond ample current supply
May 4, 2015-Oil's collapse in 2014 was due to ample supply and the refusal by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting
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IMF-Rethinking Financial Deepening: Stability and Growth in Emerging Markets
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Male Investors vs. Female Investors
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Studies show men and women could learn from the other's approach
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