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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 02.Feb 2011

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John Nugée From Globalpensions.com: The world’s leading sovereign wealth funds have been forced to reassess their investment strategies and risk management in the wake of turbulent financial markets, research by State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) shows.
The findings, published in a new SSgA paper entitled “Current Issues in Official Sector Asset Management,” reveal that as a result, some funds are making significant changes such as shifting from active investment management strategies to passive ones and focussing on emerging-market debt as yields on traditional asset classes fall……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Fundamentalsmagazine.com: Sovereign funds were not immune to the recent market troubles and are now moving forward with big changes to investment strategy and risk management, according to State Street Global Advisors
Sovereign wealth funds have not escaped turbulent market conditions and are now making significant changes to investment strategies and risk management, according to a new paper by State Street Global Advisors (SSgA)……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Pionline.com: Central banks, sovereign wealth funds and other government-owned investment groups are gearing up to implement important changes to their asset allocation and external fund management structure, according to a new report from State Street Global Advisors.
In the six-month period following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008, some SWFs suffered losses “of a magnitude to wipe out a decade or more of investment returns,” according to the report titled “Current Issue in Official Sector Asset Management” published Tuesday……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From IPE: Sovereign wealth funds have adapted their investment strategy in the wake of the global financial crisis, increasing the size of their beta portfolios at the expense of alpha investments, State Street has said.
The shift from active to passive strategy has gone so far that it is now the preferred investment approach, a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund told the company……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Ifre.com: Sovereign wealth funds are increasingly shifting assets away from actively-managed funds that seek ’alpha’ – sometimes defined as ’manager skill’ – into a diversified portfolio of passive investments, according to research by State Street Global Advisors.………………………………………Full Article: Source

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From Advisorone.com: State Street Global Advisors announced Tuesday that many of the world’s leading sovereign funds have been forced to reassess their investment strategies and risk management as a result of the recession.
“Official sector asset managers - central banks, governments and sovereign wealth funds – have not been immune to the difficult market conditions,” John Nugée, senior managing director of SSgA’s Official Institutions Group, said in a statement……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Norwaypost.no: The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, also called the National Oil Fund, will post an estimated 8 to 10 percent return on its investments in 2010, equal to NOK 237 billion, Aftenposten reports.
This comes on top of 25 percent in 2009, so we had a very healthy recovery after the financial crisis, Ministry of Finance spokesman Martin Skancke says to Reuters……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Reuters: Kazakhstan expects a 10 percent increase in uranium production this year, said Vladimir Shkolnik, chief executive of Kazatomprom. Kazatomprom, fully owned by sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna, operates a series of mining joint ventures across Kazakhstan with foreign investors.
Shkolnik said the company’s share of 2011 production would exceed 11,000 tonnes……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Csmonitor.com: On Dec. 1 last year, Nigeria’s cabinet approved the creation of a sovereign wealth fund that would invest any excess revenues generated from the sale of the country’s oil. The revenues from those investments would be funneled in three directions.
The biggest chunk of money would be used to build Nigeria’s physical infrastructure. A second and smaller portion would fund an economic stabilization program, while a third would be set aside “for future generations.”………………………………………Full Article: Source

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From Arabnews.com: Qatar, one of the world’s top investors through its sovereign wealth fund, ran a deficit of 23.2 percent of gross domestic product in April-June, which analysts said was due to common budgetary adjustments.
Qatar’s state budget swung into a surplus of 17.5 percent of annual economic output in July-September last year as government revenue doubled from a year earlier, data showed on Tuesday……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Efinancialcareers-gulf.com: In what now seems like an annual PR push, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) has offered another insight into its recruitment practices and revealed that, when it comes to hiring local candidates, it targets them early.
ADIA identifies local candidates, what it terms “future leaders”, at high school and – after series of interviews and psychometric tests – monitors their progress and eventually sponsors them through university in either Europe or the US……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Emoneydaily.com: The Singapore government has decided to hold its stake in Citigroup Inc. for now. The biggest investor in Citigroup Inc, Government of Singapore Investment Corp. has decided to hang onto its stake in the company for several more year until a more opportune time to sell comes along.
Tony Tan, deputy chairman of the Singapore sovereign wealth fund, said that, We look to continue to hold on to our stakes in UBS and Citigroup for many years to come. But one never says never; if someone offers an extremely high price, of course we’ll look at the possibility.”………………………………………Full Article: Source

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From WSJ: Baring Private Equity Asia said it raised US$2.46 billion from investors for deals, one of the largest pools of capital collected in the region by a private-equity fund since the global financial crisis. For the first time, sovereign-wealth funds committed to investing in a Baring fund, according to Jean Eric Salata, Baring’s chief executive and founder.
Baring, previously part of Dutch insurer ING Groep NV, initially targeted US$1.75 billion for its fifth fund……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Indiatimes.com: US-based private equity firm Bain Capital and the Singapore Investment Corp (GIC) are believed to be close to buying a minority stake in two-wheeler major Hero Honda.
According to a report by Singapore-based ‘Financial Times’ newspaper, the expected transaction could be worth up to USD 1.75 billion. Quoting unnamed sources, the paper said that the stake will be from the Munjal family, which controls Hero Honda……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Tvnz.co.nz: The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has joined the dairy boom with the purchase of a property in Otago, and has appointed South Island consultancy FarmRight to manage it.
The so-called Cullen fund, named for its architect previous Finance Minister Michael Cullen, paid an undisclosed sum for a dairy farm in West Otago in the first step of a buy-up of farm land over the next five years……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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