WHAT TO WATCH: Group of 20 central bank governors and finance ministers begin a two-day meeting in Moscow, with topics including the effects of global stimulus programs. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew said he will press his counterparts to spur growth. The U.K.’s budget deficit widened in June on deteriorating local government finances, while tax receipts rose. To read more, [...]
Altin, the closed-end fund of hedge funds with $250 million in assets, is looking to allocate money to global macro and event-driven managers in a move to add risk to the portfolio, according to Michael Malquarti, portfolio manager for Alternative Asset Advisors S.A., the investment manager of the listed fund. To read more, click here.
Sales soared 94 percent this year of U.S. structured notes where the yield depends on the worst performer in a basket of stocks, as issuers hunt for ways to lure buyers amid lower equity volatility and interest rates. Investors bought $1.07 billion of the securities, up from $551.5 million over the same period a year [...]
Islamic bonds fared better than non-Shariah compliant notes in the emerging-market debt selloff last week after the Federal Reserve signaled it may trim bond buying, prompting the widest spread in 19 months. To read more, click here.
Gottex Fund Management Holdings Ltd., the $6 billion Lausanne, Switzerland-based firm, is looking for activist, event-driven and long-short equity funds, as part of a move away from credit, chief investment officer Kevin Maloney said. To read more, click here.
Global regulators said they are weighing steps to ensure that banks take a realistic view of the possible losses on their investments, after uncovering variations in how lenders assess risk. To read more, click here.
An American International Group Inc. unit and other insurers can probe whether a “rogue trader” was an employee of MF Global Inc. as part of a lawsuit over liabilities for losses tied to the company’s collapse, a New York appeals court ruled. To read more, click here.
Invensys Plc shareholders may be rewarded with a price not seen in a decade if Schneider Electric SA’s approach sparks a bidding war. Shares of the British industrial technology company have traded above Schneider’s informal offer of 505 pence a share during each of the last three trading days, indicating some investors may be wagering on a higher [...]
The risk of floods and tornadoes is preventing investors in $1.8 billion of bonds of Nebraska’s biggest electricity provider from participating in the best year since 2008 for munis of power companies. To read more, click here.
WHAT TO WATCH: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke will appear before the House today and the Senate tomorrow to present a semi-annual monetary policy report, with a statement due at 8:30 a.m. Housing starts in the U.S. may have climbed in June to an annualized 960,000 rate, 8:30 a.m. The Bank of England voted 9-0 to keep the target [...]