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U.S. Institutional Investors Control $24.1 trillion and Hold 61% of U.S. equities

U.S. institutional investors (pension funds, investment companies, insurance companies, banks and foundations) control $24.1 trillion in assets in 2005, up from $17.3 trillion in 2002, and held a record 61.2% of total U.S. equities at the end of 2005, according to The Conference Board . 

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$51 trillion U.S. Financial Sector May Lose Its Global Leadership Position: McKinsey Report

The U.S. will lose its place as the world's leading financial center in the next decade without legal and regulatory changes, according to a McKinsey report, commissioned by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator Charles Schumer found.

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Stock Splits 60% Below the 1999 LevelsĀ 

Despite the current stock market boom and many hitting new highs, unlike in other recent bull markets, companies have been reluctant to split their stock. Only 37 companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index split their stock last year, compared to 91 in 1999. 

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Private Investment & Capital Flows to Emerging Markets to Decline to $469B in 2007

Private investment from developed countries into 30 emerging markets, including China, India, Mexico and Brazil, would decline to $469 billion in 2007 from $502 billion in 2006 and a record level of $509 billion in 2005, according to The Institute of International Finance, whose members include 360 companies from 60 countries (reports AP).

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Mortgages, Credit & Loans Could Help Raise $100 trillion for Developing Countries, Says Milken

$4,000 Trillion
Value of "Human Capital" Worldwide

Developing countries could free up trillions of dollars by developing markets based on mortgages, credit cards and loans, according to an outline of a speech at BNP Paribas conference by Michael Milken, the junk bond billionaire turned philanthropist, reports Bloomberg.

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ADR Trading Volume Jumped To a Record $1.58 trillion in 2006

In 2006, trading volume for ADRs (shares of foreign companies that trade in the U.S.) surpassed $1.58 trillion, up from $963 billion in 2005, according to data from J.P. Morgan Worldwide Securities Services, reports WSJ.

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U.S. Investors Flood International Stock Funds with $150 billion in 2006

Of the estimated $180 billion that flowed into stock funds of all types in 2006, .U.S. investors flooded international stock funds with an estimated $150 billion, and only $30 billion went to U.S. stock funds, the smallest since 2002, according to TrimTabs.com, (reports USA Today).

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Record Financial Services M&A Deal Activity in 2006; $2.4T AUM Involved

Strategic merger and acquisition activity in 2006 reached record levels in global financial services sectors, with exceptionally strong activity in asset management, involving more than $2.4 trillion of assets under management (AUM) being acquired, according to Freeman & Co. Securities firms were involved in $89 billion of deals and private equity firms pumped in $30 billion in 96 financial services deals. 

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Record 151 Media M&A Deals in 2006, a 33% Jump: DeSilva & Phillips

The number of media M&A activity jumped 33% in 2006 to a record number of 151 deals, surpassing the previous record of 124 set in 2004, according to media investment bank DeSilva & Phillips.

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Buyouts to Produce Big IPOs in 2007; Global IPOs Surpass $250B in 2006

Corporate buyouts by private-equity firms in the U.S. has been on a steady rise during the past several years, with record setting deals in 2006. This could set up 2007 and beyond for some megasize IPO activity as these new owners look to exit from their investments,  reports WSJ.

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