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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 07.Jan 2010

Posted on 07 January 2010 by VRS |  Email |Print

From Ameinfo.com: The last years of the Noughties put Arab sovereign wealth funds in the limelight of global capital movements. But will the government-controlled funds continue to invest abroad as much as they have in the past? With the economic crisis having disclosed structural problems at home, a paradigm shift seems to be inevitable.
According to the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) Institute there are 55 SWFs globally. Fourteen of them are based in the GCC, and half of them are investment funds linked to the UAE. With an estimated $900bn, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is estimated to be biggest SWF in the world…………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Adn.com: Two Democratic state lawmakers from Anchorage want to guarantee Permanent Fund dividend checks by enshrining the benefit in the state constitution.
Sen. Hollis French and Rep. Harry Crawford say without the constitutional protection, the dividend could be tapped by the Legislature for state spending…………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Thenational.ae: The top Middle Eastern acquisition was a $9.5bn investment by Qatar Investment Authority, which increased its stake in Volkswagen and Porsche to 17 per cent.
The largest M&A deal targeted towards the Middle East was the plan by the government of Iran to divest 50 per cent of Iran Telecommunications to the public for $7.7bn…………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Cbsnews.com: Abu Dhabi has begun to look outward. It’s raised its profile internationally by hosting high-profile events such as the finale of the 2009 Formula 1 racing season and by using its estimated $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund on global shopping sprees.

Abu Dhabi’s various investment arms have in the past years purchased landmarks such as New York’s Chrysler Building, acquired significant stakes in companies like Mercedes-Benz and explored new frontiers by pouring money into commercial space travel startup Virgin Galactic…………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Flightglobal.com: Tiger Airways aims to raise S$223-S$273 million ($160-195 million) in its initial public offering, with the proceeds to be used for new aircraft, possibly a new airline or bases, and loan repayments. The carrier’s other major shareholders are Singapore Airlines with a 49% stake and Dahlia Holdings, a unit of Temasek Holdings, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund.
The carrier is aiming for a share price range of S$1.35-S$1.65, according to an IPO document obtained by ATI. ……………………………………Full Article: Source

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From Cbc.ca: Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. has been approached by sovereign wealth funds and other “strategic shareholders” interested in investing directly in the company. Strong interest from Chinese firms is a natural given that Mongolia is right on China’s doorstep.

Experts said Ivanhoe will most likely decide to blend a number of financing options together to get the most favourable terms…………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Istockanalyst.com: The Government Pension Fund (GPF) will mitigate risks by investing in all asset classes this year, with a focus on long-term returns.
The move to diversify is prompted by concerns about the pace of the global recovery and local political problems…………………………………….Full Article: Source

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