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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 19.Jan 2010

Posted on 19 January 2010 by VRS |  Email |Print

From Straitstimes.com: The next 10 years might well be a ‘golden age’ for Asia, and the region could even become a new source of prosperity and stability for the world, Dr Tony Tan, deputy chairman of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), predicted on Monday.

That is because Asian countries - together with other emerging markets such as Brazil and Russia - will power global growth in the coming years, and the world’s investors will want to invest more in them……………………………….Full Article: Source

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From AFP: Asian financial institutions face a “golden opportunity” after the global slump left their Western counterparts struggling, the deputy head of Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund said in Taipei Monday.

Tony Tan, deputy chairman of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) said Asian firms were in much better shape to play a major role on the region’s expansion over the next several years……………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Globalpensions.com: Officials at Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), manager for the Government Pension Fund Global, have written to the Ministry of Finance to defend its use of active management, as the future use of the investment strategy comes under question.
About a year ago, the Ministry asked the sovereign wealth fund, also known as the oil fund, to evaluate the use of active management within its portfolio. The request came after the fund posted its worst results in history in 2008 with a 23.3% loss……………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Asiaone.com: Malaysia is mulling the building of its first carbon-neutral city as one of the projects to be undertaken by a joint venture between Abu Dhabi’s Masdar and 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Masdar, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Company, and 1MDB signed a cooperation agreement in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to jointly explore clean technology projects and investments……………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Chinapost.com.tw: Dubai World, the state-owned company seeking to renegotiate about US$22 billion of debt, is more likely to offer improved terms to creditors than risk the possibility of legal claims, UBS AG said.
“There is a higher probability of Dubai World offering sweeteners to creditors, perhaps higher interest rates or equity swap options, for a terming-out of obligations in lieu of creditors waiving legal claims to key Dubai World assets including DP World,” UBS AG analysts said in a report, yesterday……………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Gulf-times.com: English Premier League champions Manchester United could have other reasons than just fine-tuning themselves under the warm sun as the British media reported that the Qatar Investment Authority, sovereign wealth fund, is preparing to buy Manchester United.
United may become a £1.2bn takeover target for Qatar, the Sunday Express newspaper said……………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Chinaeconomicreview.com: The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) realized US$6.25 billion in profits on its equity investments in 2009, helping total assets to grow 38% to US$113.75 billion.
The profit came in addition to US$6.19 billion in paper gains, the NSSF said. The fund benefited from a rising stock market last year; the Shanghai Composite Index rose 80%………………………………..Full Article: Source

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From Forexyard.com: Serbia’s 2009 euro-denominated hard currency reserves rose by 2.4 billion euros to 10.6 billion euros, mainly fuelled by the country’s external borrowing from various multilateral lenders, the central bank said on Monday.

In December alone, the official reserves rose by 563 million euros, as the government drew a 350 million euro loan tranche from the International Monetary Fund, a further 50 million euros in macro-economic assistance from the European Union, as well as 49.5 million euros in loans from the European Investment Bank……………………………….Full Article: Source

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