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Angola: Sovereign Fund President Checks Projects in Bungo

Posted on 29 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The CEO of the Angola Sovereign Fund (FSDEA), José Filomeno dos Santos, assessed the implementation of agricultural projects funded by his institution in the municipality of Bungo, northern Uige province.
Accompanied by Uíge governor, Paulo Pombolo, and Sovereign Fund officials, Filomeno dos Santos visited two Bungo’s peasant associations with 200 members each. During the visit to the peasant associations, the FSDEA chief was briefed on the production process and the constraints faced by the growers in flowing out their crops into the consumer markets………………………………………..Full Article: Source

After 23 years in office, why was the UAE’s central bank governor replaced?

Posted on 29 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

It was quite a shock to hear that the UAE has replaced the governor of its central bank, Sultan bin Nasser Al Suwaidi, who has been in the job for 23 years. His replacement is the CEO of the Emirates Investment Authority, a sovereign wealth fund, Mubarak Al Mansouri.
When men like this go suddenly there is always the question of what went wrong but this is just speculation as we have no idea. Clearly it might just be thought a change at the top was overdue. Bankers have long been critical about the internal mechanisms of the UAE central bank………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Kazakh envoy meets with Director of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development

Posted on 26 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

On September 24, 2014 Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the UAE Kairat Lama Sharif met with Mr. Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD. During the meeting Kairat Lama Sharif briefed on the process of reform of the “Samruk-Kazyna” Fund in several key areas, in accordance with the best international practices and advanced international experiences of sovereign wealth funds.
In addition, the Kazakh diplomat noted that currently transmission of the public assets and quasi-public sector’s assets to the competitive environment within the framework of second wave of privatization in Kazakhstan has begun. Mr. Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi praised the efforts of Astana for sustainable economic growth of modern Kazakhstan………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Zimbabwe: Senate rejects Mugabe as trustee of Sovereign Wealth Fund

Posted on 26 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Senate passed the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) of Zimbabwe Bill with some Senators demanding the removal of a clause which said President Robert Mugabe should be a trustee of the fund. The Bill, which creates a fund to be set aside for use during crises, was brought before Senate by Finance deputy minister Samuel Undenge.
According to Undenge, other African countries like Angola and Botswana already had a SWF from their natural resources like diamonds, which they would fall back on to pay for pension obligations, provide capital injections in the event of crises or to ensure that future generations benefitted from the extraction of finite resources………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Biggest Wealth Fund CEO Sticks to Norway in Own Investments

Posted on 25 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As head of the world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund Yngve Slyngstad has invested in more than 80 countries. Yet when placing his own money, he sticks to his home country Norway.
The chief executive officer of Norges Bank Investment Management, the unit inside Norway’s central bank that manages the $870 billion fund, owns shares in 14 companies including Statoil ASA (STL) and Telenor ASA (TEL), according to information released by NBIM. Since heading the fund in 2008, Slyngstad has bought stock for 1.6 million kroner ($252,000) and sold shares for about 100,000 kroner………………………………………..Full Article: Source

“A trusted steward”: Temasek chairman Lim Boon Heng affirms the company’s ethos

Posted on 23 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

As Temasek celebrates its 40th anniversary, its chairman Lim Boon Heng chose the occasion to reflect on how the investment company has grown and transformed along with a rapidly changing Singapore.
Speaking at Temasek’s 40th anniversary dinner on Monday (Sep 22), Mr Lim noted how back in 1965, Singapore’s per capita income was just about S$650. Some 40 years later, the figure has grown to over S$80,000. Looking ahead, Mr Lim said Temasek has embarked on a long-term journey to invest and re-invest in the community, in Singapore and beyond………………………………………..Full Article: Source

“A company like no other”: President Tony Tan lauds Temasek Holdings as it celebrates 40th anniversary

Posted on 23 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

From humble beginnings, the value of assets held and grown by Temasek Holdings has contributed to the wealth of the nation, and supports present and future generations, said President Tony Tan Keng Yam. He spoke at the 40th-anniversary celebration dinner held for the investment firm at the Istana on Monday (Sep 22). The full text of his speech is presented below:
Established within the first decade of Singapore’s independence, Temasek was a company like no other. It was an experiment, born out of necessity. In its first decade, the Singapore Government had pushed hard to industrialise, and to find a living for its people. It provided loans to some companies, and co-invested in others, in order to encourage investors to create jobs in Singapore. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

President Tony Tan lauds Temasek for its role

Posted on 23 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The creation of Temasek Holdings has allowed Singapore to separate government from the running of its commercial interests, forcing those companies to succeed in their own right, Singapore’s President Tony Tan said on Monday.
“Many state-owned companies, or SOEs, around the world are protected from competition and cushioned from corporate realities through subsidies in various guises. This leads to an unlevel playing field,” he said at a dinner to mark the 40th anniversary of Temasek Holdings, the Singapore government’s investment company………………………………………..Full Article: Source

MPs laud Khazanah’s outplacement centre for axed MAS staff

Posted on 23 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Three members of parliament have lauded Khazanah Nasional’s plan to set up an “outplacement support” centre for some 6,000 Malaysia Airlines (MAS) staff to be axed as part of the airline’s restructuring programme.
The centre will focus on extending all relevant and required support to the employees leaving MAS, including professional, emotional, counselling and financial support to assist them in their transition to the next stage of their career………………………………………..Full Article: Source

John Key faces surprise risks on path to third term

Posted on 18 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

If you are a two-term prime minister like New Zealand’s John Key and you want a third - with your personal popularity near 60 per cent, a 3.8 per cent economic growth rate making your nation one of the five fastest-growing developed economies and the so-called Kiwi brain drain slowing - you’d think the only way to blow an election victory would be to lose yourself.
Labour leader David Cunliffe’s answer is a capital gains tax of 15 per cent, but excepting the family home and Australian investments. Crucially, he plans to establish a “NZ Inc Sovereign Wealth Fund” to invest in new and existing strategic assets. The aim is to make New Zealand’s industrial future green. There’s also a regional development fund and talk of making superannuation compulsory in some instances……………………………………Full Article: Source

Ahmad Jauhari to remain as Malaysia Airlines CEO for another year

Posted on 16 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The contract of Ahmad Jauhari Yahya as managing director/group chief executive officer (CEO) of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has been extended for a year from Sep 20, 2014 to Sep 19, 2015. MAS announced this in a statement to Bursa Malaysia on Monday (Sep 15).
MAS’ major shareholder, Khazanah Nasional Bhd, was also said to be eyeing potential candidates from the global aviation industry as well as local talent to become the new CEO of MAS. The new CEO who will replace Ahmad Jauhari will be announced by year-end, according to reports………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Brian Tipple joins ADIA

Posted on 16 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) has appointed Brian Tipple as its first global head of external equities. Tipple will manage the department’s team of investment professionals and will report to Obaid Al Suwaidi, executive director of external equities at ADIA.
Based in Abu Dhabi, Tipple will, together with senior management, be responsible for developing, implementing and driving overall investment strategy for the external equities department, as well as overseeing the activities of all externally-managed portfolios………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Jose Dos Santos: Angolan wealth fund chief and president’s son (Video)

Posted on 11 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Angola has announced that it has identified direct investments in sub-Saharan Africa, and is poised to start deploying up to a third of its $5bn (£3.1bn) sovereign wealth fund to start developing them. The fund was set up in 2012 to invest Angola’s oil wealth and ensure a steady income for future generations.
But the fund has also been accused of lacking transparency after President Eduardo dos Santos’ 36-year-old son Jose, was made its head. Jose dos Santos spoke to the BBC’s Focus on Africa about his appointment and whether the fund will be used to improve the country’s infrastructure………………………………………..Full Article: Source

1MDB is national debt, not surplus, says Dr M

Posted on 11 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has disputed Salleh Said Keruak’s recent statement describing 1MDB as an education fund. In true Mahathir fashion, he quipped he wasn’t at all aware of any use of the funds from 1MDB for education.
“There are advertisements that claim over one million of the rakyat have been helped using funds from 1MDB. If you divide one million over four years, that’s 250,000 people a year. If it’s true, Alhamdulillah.“From what I know, funds from 1MDB were used to procure three power plants from YTL, Ananda Krishnan and the proprietor of Jimah power plant in Negeri Sembilan. The acquisition was more expensive than the market price. At least four billion ringgit in total cost,” he said in his blog………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Dr M raises eyebrow at 1MDB’s debt buildup

Posted on 11 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has expressed concern over the debt being amassed by sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, warning that this could overwhelm Putrajaya’s already strained finances. The former prime minister also questioned why Malaysia needed a state investment fund such as the 1MDB, pointing out that these were usually formed by countries with a surfeit of wealth and revenue, rather than one heavily in debt.
“Funds for 1MDB are not from the country’s surpluses. These are debts. Billions of ringgit owed will add to the country’s very high debts. Debts that the country must pay………………………………………..Full Article: Source

MAS gets Khazanah board rep

Posted on 10 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Malaysian Airline System Bhd (MAS) has received a letter from Khazanah Nasional Bhd, nominating the appointment of Mohd Izani Ashari to the board as a non-independent non-executive director.
In a filing to Bursa Malaysia, the national carrier said Mohd Izani was nominated to be Khazanah’s representative in MAS, as a result of its selective capital reduction and repayment exercise………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Close down MAS and overhaul Khazanah, says veteran newsman

Posted on 09 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A veteran journalist today suggested that Malaysia’s sovereign fund Khazanah Nasional Bhd should be restructured while Malaysia Airlines (MAS) should be closed down. In his latest blog posting, Datuk A. Kadir Jasin questioned Khazanah’s ability to manage Malaysia Airlines and revive the fortunes of the ailing national carrier.
Kadir wrote that the recent proposed privatisation of Malaysia Airlines has resulted in Khazanah having to come up with RM6 billion. “Prior to this, Khazanah has sunk RM7 billion into Malaysia Airlines which came to naught as various restructurings failed to turn the company around.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Angola’s SWF ready to invest

Posted on 05 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Six years after it was announced, Angola’s sovereign wealth fund is fully underway. It has received the final instalment of its $5bn initial endowment and has begun to take its funds out of cash and put them into longer-term investment.
In an interview with FT beyondbrics, José Filomeno Dos Santos, chairman of the Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA), said that one third of the fund’s assets would be allocated to highly liquid securities such as cash, bonds and listed equities, one third into alternative investments in sub-Saharan Africa, and one third into what he called “opportunistic investments internationally: distressed assets that the fund could take advantage of, spin around and refocus.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund names new head of external equities

Posted on 04 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, has named Brian Tipple as its first global head of external equities.
Tipple, previously chief investment officer at US-based Key Private Bank, will help to develop and implement strategy for ADIA’s external equities department and oversee all externally managed portfolios, a statement from the fund said on Wednesday. Around 75 percent of ADIA’s assets are managed by external fund managers, according to its 2013 annual report………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Future Fund names CIO, mulls staff additions

Posted on 02 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Australia’s $94 billion sovereign wealth fund has promoted internally to fill the role of chief investment officer vacated by David Neal when he became managing director on August 4. The Future Fund is also likely to add two investment posts to its 40-strong team in the next few months.
New CIO Raphael Arndt was previously head of infrastructure and timberlands. He has responsibility for leading the investment team in developing the research, due diligence and selection and monitoring processes for assets and investment managers………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Superman, Yoda, change crusader: GIC’s Lim Siong Guan

Posted on 02 September 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

He may be the group president of Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC, but Mr Lim Siong Guan rides the MRT to work. He alights at Raffles Place, then walks about 20 minutes to GIC’s office in Robinson Road for the exercise. If he needs a postage stamp or has any errand of a personal nature, he queues for it himself instead of bothering his secretary.
His yearly tour of GIC overseas offices since 2007 - four days around the world: Singapore, San Francisco, New York, London, Singapore; and another four days around Asia: Singapore, Mumbai, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore - is the stuff of corporate legend……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Norway oil fund to double number of top executives

Posted on 21 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Norway’s $885bn oil fund is doubling the number of its senior executives in the latest sign it is restructuring itself to tackle its ever-increasing size and its shifting responsibilities as an investor. Norges Bank Investment Management, the arm of the Norwegian central bank that manages the fund, is creating a number of new positions to help manage its nascent property portfolio, as well as appointing three chief investment officers.
These three officers will be responsible for different investment strategies rather than specific asset classes as the oil fund merges its equities and corporate credit analysis functions………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Libyan sovereign wealth fund expected to hire new chief

Posted on 21 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Libyan Investment Authority, the violence-hit North African nation’s $60bn sovereign wealth fund, is likely to name senior World Bank executive Ahmed Ali Attiga as its new chairman by the end of the year, The Daily Telegraph gathers. Attiga, who is currently representing the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation unit in Jordan, hails from a high-profile Libyan family associated with King Idris, the ruler before the late Muammar Gaddafi.
Separately, it emerged on Tuesday that Goldman Sachs had withdrawn a summary judgment application it filed in April at the UK High Court, requesting the quashing of a lawsuit filed against the investment bank by the LIA. The state-backed investment fund had charged Goldman Sachs with mis-selling it second-rate investment products that cost the LIA billions………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Dr M: Full Khazanah ownership will not revive MAS

Posted on 13 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad yesterday criticised the takeover of Malaysia Airlines by Khazanah Nasional, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, saying full ownership of the beleaguered carrier was not likely to make a difference.
Last Friday, the state investment agency made an offer to take the airline private by paying 27 sen apiece or some RM1.4 billion (S$547 million) to buy the remaining shares it does not own. In the coming fortnight, it is expected to detail its proposed complete revamp of the airline………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Former PM criticises de-listing of Malaysia Airlines by sovereign wealth fund

Posted on 13 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Influential former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday criticised the takeover of crisis-hit Malaysia Airlines by the country’s sovereign wealth fund as a recipe for more losses by the carrier. Sovereign fund Khazanah Nasional, which has controlled the airline for years via a 70 percent ownership stake, said last Friday it plans to buy all remaining shares, de-list the stock, and take the carrier private before undertaking a “complete overhaul”.
The fund acted after the double tragedies of flights MH370 and MH17 pushed Malaysia Airlines (MAS) — which had already been losing money for years — to the financial brink. “Khazanah has been in full control of Malaysia Airlines all this time. And all this time Malaysia Airlines has been bleeding profusely,” Mahathir, prime minister from 1981-2003, wrote on his blog………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Singapore’s GIC names ex-Temasek chairman to board

Posted on 04 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC has appointed S. Dhanabalan, former chairman of Temasek Holdings, as a board member. hanabalan retired as chairman of Temasek a year ago after serving the state investor for 17 years. He previously served on the GIC board from 1981 to 2005.
GIC ranks as the world’s eighth largest fund with $320 billion worth of assets, according to the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute………………………………………..Full Article: Source

S Dhanabalan rejoins GIC as board director

Posted on 01 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Mr S Dhanabalan will rejoin the board of GIC as a director with effect from Friday, the investment company said on Friday morning. “We are very pleased to welcome Mr Dhanabalan to the GIC Board,” said GIC group president Lim Siong Guan in a statement.
“We will benefit from his wealth of experience in finance as we strive to invest well for present and future generations of Singaporeans.” Mr Dhanabalan, a founding board member of GIC when it was established in 1981, served on its board for more than 20 years before stepping down in 2005………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Insecurity: Reps want Jonathan to draw from Excess Crude Account

Posted on 01 August 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Lawmaker in the House of Representatives, Rep Francis Haske Hannaniya (PDP, Adamawa) advised President Goodluck Jonathan not to wait for the National Assembly’s approval on his request to take loan of $1 billion. Instead, he said the president should withdraw from the excess crude account to fight Boko Haram.
The lawmaker who represents Gombi/Hong Federal Constituency of Adamawa state made the call yesterday in Abuja while reacting to the renewed killings by Boko Haram in parts of Adamawa, Yobe, Borno and Kano state………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Japanese businessmen visit SOFAZ

Posted on 21 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A delegation of Japanese businessmen led by head of the Shimada Sonjuku company and President of Chiba University of Commerce Haruo Shimada has visited the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan Republic (SOFAZ), AzerTag reports.
Shahmar Movsumov, executive director of SOFAZ, gave an insight into the activity of the organization, management of its assets, investments, major projects financed by the fund………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Permal Group’s sovereign advisory head resigns

Posted on 21 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Andrew Rozanov resigned Wednesday as managing director and head of sovereign advisory in the London office of Permal Group, said Alastair Crabbe, a company spokesman, in an e-mail. Rozanov will not be replaced by the hedge funds-of-funds manager, which manages $22 billion.
“We have made good progress with our sovereign wealth fund business in the four years that Andrew has been with us,” Crabbe wrote. Rozanov could not be reached for comment about his future plans, but Crabbe said he understands that Mr. Rozanov will focus on research projects in the near-term future………………………………………..Full Article: Source

CIMB Merger Plans Puzzling

Posted on 15 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

CIMB’s plans to merge with RHB Capital and Malaysia Building Society to create Malaysia’s biggest bank by asset size, is a puzzling move. CIMB and RHB had previously ditched plans to merge because their businesses overlap.
CIMB’s chief executive Datuk Seri Nazir Razak is expected to step down to become the chairman of the bank. He will also be joining the board of Khazanah, Malaysia’s biggest sovereign wealth fund. Khazanah has 25 per cent of CIMB, and according to speculation would have a 20 per cent stake in the merged CIMB, RHB MBSB………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Head of Libya investment fund steps down over ‘Gaddafi law’

Posted on 11 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), the sovereign wealth fund of the North African oil producer, has appointed a new chief after his predecessor stepped down over a controversial political law, according to a statement on Wednesday.
Former Oil Minister Abdulrahman Benyezza has taken over as acting head of the fund, the LIA said. His predecessor Abdulmagid Breish quit after an investigation under a law which bans people from taking a public office if they had a function in the regime of late strongman Muammar Gaddafi, who was deposed and killed by rebels after an eight-month uprising in 2011………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Former oil minister named acting chairman of Libya sovereign fund

Posted on 10 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Libya has appointed a new acting chairman to oversee its $66bn sovereign wealth fund, but indicated that there would be no “change of direction” at the organisation.
The Libyan Investment Authority’s board of trustees named Abdurahman Benyezza as acting chairman and chief executive of the fund, which was set up in 2006 by Muammer Gaddafi, the former Libyan dictator, to invest the country’s accumulating oil wealth………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Chan defends fund at length

Posted on 08 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The market should disregard the short- term performance of the Exchange Fund, said Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief executive Norman Chan Tak-lam. HKMA yesterday revealed the latest official foreign currency reserve assets stand at US$320.9 billion (HK$2.5 trillion) at the end of June, up from US$320.2 billion in May.
Chan wrote in an article reviewing his work over the past five years that the fund - the reserve that the HKMA uses to defend the Hong Kong dollar - is not a sovereign wealth fund and the investment objective is not to pursue high returns.He stressed the necessity to hold enough highly liquid assets to meet short-term obligations…………………………………….Full Article: Source

Appointing Najib’s brother to Khazanah ’smacks of NEPOTISM’

Posted on 07 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The appointment of outgoing CIMB Group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Nazir Razak to Khazanah Nasional Berhad’s board of directors has drawn fire from Pakatan Rakyat. PAS central committee member and Kuala Krai Member of Parliament Dr Hatta Ramli described the appointment, effective Sept 1, as a daring move that smacks of nepotism by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“Nazir may have the credentials, but this is a government investment arm that we are talking about. “I’m speechless that the Prime Minister’s brother has been appointed as a board member, as if no one else is capable of the job,” he said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Nazir Razak appointed to Khazanah board of directors

Posted on 04 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Datuk Seri Nazir Tun Razak has been appointed to Khazanah Nasional Bhd’s Board of Directors, effective September 1, 2014. Nazir is currently the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CIMB Group.
In line with the CIMB Group’s leadership transition plan as announced by CIMB earlier today, he will relinquish his position as Group CEO and assume the role of Chairman of the Group on Sept 1, 2014. In a statement here, Khazanah said Nazir has had a distinguished 25-year career in the CIMB Group………………………………………..Full Article: Source

SOFAZ Executive Director attends EITI Board Meeting in Mexico

Posted on 04 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

An Azerbaijani delegation led by Executive Director of the State Oil Fund Shahmar Movsumov is participating in the 27th Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) Board Meeting in Mexico.
EITI is a special multilateral and voluntary initiative, supported by a coalition of companies, governments, investors and civil society organizations and global standard for improved transparency in the oil, gas and mining sector. Azerbaijan joined EITI in 2003………………………………………..Full Article: Source

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority will be hiring in these areas in 2014

Posted on 02 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) has added over 100 employees across its equities, infrastructure and private equity teams during the past year and is planning to expand throughout 2014 in both the front and back office.
The world’s (second) largest sovereign wealth fund has just revealed its annual report and points to a year of expansion, where it added employees at a senior level and throughout across its various divisions. ADIA says that it will be hiring for mid-level recruits in private equity, will be “selectively” growing its infrastructure team, plans to add more people across its Asia ex-Japan portfolio and will also build its operations and risk team within its alternative investments arm………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China sovereign fund names banker as executive vice president

Posted on 01 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

China Investment Corp., China’s $575-billion sovereign wealth fund, said it has appointed a career banker as its new executive vice president.
Liu Guiping will be one of five executive vice presidents at CIC, the fund said in a short announcement on its website. A former banker at Agricultural Bank of China, China’s fourth-biggest bank, Liu oversaw the retail banking business………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Time to launch a sovereign wealth fund: Manish Kejriwal, Temasek Holdings

Posted on 01 July 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Manish Kejriwal was the senior managing director of one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), Temasek Holdings, owned by the Singapore government. A Baker Scholar from the Harvard Business School, in whose 8-year-term as the country head, the fund invested roughly $5 billion.
“I believe that the current government under the centralised leadership seems to be the one which can actually execute the concept of a sovereign wealth fund that can tick off all the required boxes and deliver as per its mandate,” Kejriwal, who now runs $500m Keedara Capital, said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Russia: Minister Proposes Splurging Welfare Fund on Infrastructure Projects

Posted on 26 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Russia should take all of the money from a fund earmarked to cover future pension deficits and invest it in profitable infrastructure projects to generate good returns, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told the Vedomosti business daily in an interview published Wednesday. The government earlier this month raised the cap on spending from the National Welfare Fund, which collects revenue from oil and gas sales, the country’s biggest exports.
It now allows 60 percent of the fund to be spent on domestic infrastructure projects, up from an earlier 40 percent. The fund, designated to cover the future pension deficit of the country’s rapidly aging population, was $87 billion at the beginning of the month………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Director of Azerbaijan’s Oil Fund elected to Supervisory Council of VTB Bank

Posted on 25 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The executive Director of the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) has been elected to Supervisory Council of VTB Bank. According to the Fund, such decision was taken at the General Meeting of the Bank’s shareholders held on June20, 2014 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
“Shahmar Movsumov was re-elected as an independent member of the Supervisory Council of VTB Bank OJSC”, - the Bank informs. In 2013 SOFAZ purchased newly issued shares by the VTB Bank OJSC in the amount of USD 500 million and acquired 2.99 % of total shares of the Bank………………………………………..Full Article: Source

CIO defends KIC over stigma of Merrill losses

Posted on 19 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The new CIO of Korea Investment Corporation has leapt to the sovereign fund’s defence, decrying the negative stigma attached to its loss-making investment in Merrill Lynch as unrepresentative of its achievements.
Choo Heung Sik praised KIC’s performance since it started international investment in 2006 as phenomenal.”KIC began from scratch; no one helped us,”said Choo, referencing Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC, which enjoyed a three-year incubation period with support from the Monetary Authority of Singapore………………………………….Full Article: Source

NZ Super names new CIO

Posted on 18 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZ Super) has named Matt Whineray as its new chief investment officer. Whineray has been with NZ Super since 2008 in the role of general manager, investments.
Prior to that he was a head of financial sponsor coverage for non-Japan Asia at Credit Suisse, based in Hong Kong. Before that he was a director at First NZ Capital in New Zealand………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Future Fund appoints Managing Director

Posted on 16 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Future Fund board chairman, Peter Costello believes David Neal, the fund’s current chief investment officer, is the best qualified person for the managing director’s role. The former Federal Treasurer announced that Neal will takeover from interim managing director, and chief financial officer, Paul Mann, as head of the $100 billion sovereign wealth fund in August following an extensive global search for the ideal candidate.
Costello said the search process confirmed that Neal was the best qualified candiate for the position………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Former CIC stock picker Yu Bin plans China fund

Posted on 13 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Yu Bin, a former managing director at China’s sovereign wealth fund, plans to start a fund focused on China equities, sources said. Yu resigned from Beijing-based China Investment Corp (CIC) earlier this year for personal reasons, they said. He will remain based in China and his long-biased fund will primarily bet on stocks whose prices are expected to rise, they said.
Institutional investors globally have been scouting for China-based managers with international experience, who can pick stocks set to benefit from growth in the world’s second-largest economy and do not charge hedge-fund fees that are typically higher………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Former CIC stock picker Yu Bin plans China fund, sources say

Posted on 12 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Yu Bin, a former managing director at China’s sovereign wealth fund, plans to start a fund focused on China equities, sources said. Yu resigned from Beijing-based China Investment Corp (CIC) earlier this year for personal reasons, they said. He will remain based in China and his long-biased fund will primarily bet on stocks whose prices are expected to rise, they said.
Institutional investors globally have been scouting for China-based managers with international experience, who can pick stocks set to benefit from growth in the world’s second-largest economy and do not charge hedge-fund fees that are typically higher………………………………………..Full Article: Source

China Sovereign Fund Managing Director Said to Plan Fund

Posted on 11 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Yu Bin, a former managing director at China’s sovereign wealth fund, plans to start a fund focused on Greater China equities, said three people with knowledge with the matter.
Yu resigned from Beijing-based China Investment Corp., also known as CIC, earlier this year for personal reasons, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the information is private. He will remain based in China and his long-biased fund will primarily bet on stocks whose prices are expected to rise, they said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Saudi sovereign wealth fund plan attracts debate in advisory body

Posted on 11 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

A proposal to set up a Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund attracted debate at a meeting of the kingdom’s influential Shura council advisory body but failed to yield a result, state media reported on Tuesday. A report by the council’s financial committee has said the National Reserve Fund, which would invest part of the kingdom’s vast hydrocarbon wealth, would build on its financial stability.
Details of its investment strategy have yet to be disclosed publicly, but if the proposed fund is run like the sovereign wealth funds of other wealthy Gulf states such as Qatar and Abu Dhabi, it could mean a change in the way Saudi money flows through global markets………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Temasek appoints 3 new board members

Posted on 10 June 2014 by VRS  |  Email |Print

Singapore investment firm Temasek Holdings has appointed three new board members as they continue to refresh their leadership team. They are prominent property businessman Robert Ng Chee Song, former KPMG Singapore managing partner Bobby Chin Yoke Choong and ex-Royal Dutch Shell chief executive Peter Voser.
Mr Ng and Mr Chin will begin their term on Tuesday, while Mr Voser will take up his appointment on Jan 1 next year. The new appointments will see the board enlarged from the current 10 to 13, said Temasek, which owns a $215 billion portfolio as at March 31 last year………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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