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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 25.Aug 2010

Posted on 25 August 2010 by VRS |  Email |Print

Prof. Nassim Nicholas TalebFrom Reuters: Universa Investments LP is in talks with China’s $300 billion sovereign-wealth fund, China Investment Corp., and Middle East government funds about investing in Universa, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

The outcome of the talks is not certain, the WSJ said. But if the investments materialize, they would likely boost the Universa fund’s client assets to $10 billion from $6 billion now, two people familiar with the matter told the WSJ…………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Posted on 25 August 2010 by VRS |  Email |Print

From Dow Jones: Central Huijin Investment Ltd., the domestic investment arm of China’s sovereign-wealth fund, said Wednesday it raised CNY54 billion ($7.94 billion) in its maiden bond offering.

Central Huijin sold CNY26 billion worth of seven-year bonds at 3.16% and CNY28 billion 20-year bonds at 4.05%, according to the latest data on the official Chinabond Web site…………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Posted on 25 August 2010 by VRS |  Email |Print

From Istockanalyst.com: China’s $300 Billion sovereign wealth fund CIC is talking to ultra bearish Nassim Taleb, author of the Black Swan.

If one of the largest sovereign wealth funds is talking to Taleb’s investment company, Universa Investments LP, then perhaps even the largest of money managers are getting a bit nervous about the future…………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Posted on 25 August 2010 by VRS |  Email |Print

From FT Alphaville: Further adventures in sovereign wealth fund knife-catching — of a sort. We’ve noted before that equity volatility has hampered sovereign wealth fund returns a tad lately. Tuesday’s WSJ offered a glimpse of a potential flip-side to this — SWFs buying protection on even worse reiterations of that volatility.

China Investment Corp going cap in hand to Nassim Taleb for a product hedging against extreme inflation, say. Felix Salmon explains the possible motive here pretty well:……………………………………Full Article: Source

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Posted on 25 August 2010 by VRS |  Email |Print

From Reuters: Korea Investment Corp (KIC), South Korea’s $35 billion sovereign wealth fund, plans in the next five years to double the proportion of its funds in private market investments such as distressed debt and real estate to 20 percent.

“Right now is the time to go into private markets,” Scott Kalb, KIC’s chief investment officer, said at a speech in Seoul Tuesday. “Risk premiums on illiquid investments are becoming attractive.”……………………………………Full Article: Source

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Posted on 25 August 2010 by VRS |  Email |Print

From Zdnetasia.com: State-owned investment company, Temasek Holdings, opened its purse strings to fund Chinese online video company, Tudou, because it wanted to capitalize on China’s consumer market and its rising spending power, according to an industry analyst.

Jessica Lo, managing director and head of private equity and mergers and acquisitions practices at China Market Research Group (CMR), told ZDNet Asia that the 2010 investment sweetspot is the Chinese consumer. This explains why billion-dollar private equity funds such as Fountainvest Partners and Temasek are focusing on this demographic which has “a potential high upside”, she said…………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Posted on 25 August 2010 by VRS |  Email |Print

From Thestar.com.my: Sarawak-based Samling Global Ltd has refuted its former investor Norwegian Pension Fund’s (NPF) claims that the group had repeatedly breached regulations of its timber activities in Sarawak and Guyana, contributing to illegal logging and severe environmental damage.

A company spokesperson said that Samling Global was dissappointed with NPF’s public characterisation of the group, which was inaccurate and not based on complete information…………………………………….Full Article: Source

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