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Mar 31, 2014

European funds cut risks, boost cash to 1-1/2 year high

LONDON (Reuters) – European fund managers lifted cash levels to a 1-1/2 year high in March and cut equity holdings as they shunned riskier assets in response to rising geopolitical tensions and rich valuations, a Reuters survey showed on Monday.

Investors boosted holdings of both European bonds and equities to their highest levels in more than three years, the monthly poll of 19 asset managers in continental Europe showed.

Mar 31, 2014

Investors lift cash to 20-month high as volatile quarter ends

LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s top investors lifted cash holdings this month to their highest since July 2012 and pruned equities, seeking to cut risk at the end of a volatile quarter, a Reuters poll shows.

The monthly polls covering 51 leading investment houses in the United States, Japan and Europe showed cash holdings rose to 6.6 percent from 6.2 percent in February.

Mar 28, 2014
Mar 28, 2014
Mar 28, 2014

Japanese markets shiver as China slows, investors dodge risk

LONDON, March 28 (Reuters) – Japan’s financial markets face
a challenging new fiscal year as economic slowdown in its
emerging trading partners and a sales tax hike at home push
risk-shy investors into cash-like assets.

Almost a year after Japan unleashed the world’s most
intensive burst of monetary stimulus, the benchmark Nikkei index
stands at the bottom of the 2014 performance league,
falling 7 percent to be the biggest losing asset after copper.

Mar 27, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 27, 2014
Mar 27, 2014

Euro, peripheral bond yields fall on ECB easing debate

LONDON (Reuters) – The euro fell on Thursday and peripheral European government bond yields hit their lowest levels in years as speculation grew that the European Central Bank may ease monetary policy soon.

Emerging market stocks edged higher and Ukraine’s sovereign government bonds rose after the International Monetary Fund said it had agreed a $14-18 billion bailout for the country.

Mar 26, 2014

Emerging stocks near 3-week high; lira falls

LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) – Emerging stocks hit their
highest level in almost three weeks on Wednesday and the rouble
rose as the West held off from more economic sanctions on

The lira fell as political tensions grew ahead of local
elections on Sunday. The central bank’s comments that it would
use reserve requirements and liquidity policies if economic
activity slowed down also weighed on the currency.

    • About Natsuko

      "Since joining Reuters as a graduate trainee in 2000, Natsuko has reported on issues surrounding global financial markets, monetary policy and central banking from Tokyo, Singapore, London, Paris, Madrid, Davos, Dubai, Moscow and Istanbul. She won the Reuters best scoop of the year in 2007 for a story on China's foreign exchange reserves policy and was also given State Street\'s best journalist of the year award in the same year. Currently based in London, she covers global investment issues and sovereign wealth funds on the Investment Strategy Desk."
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