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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 09.Mar 2011

Posted on 09 March 2011 by VRS |  Email |Print

Research for the 2011 Preqin Sovereign Wealth Fund Review publication has revealed that the aggregate AUM of SWFs currently stands at almost $4tn, making 2010 the second year running in which SWF AUM has increased by 11%. The proportion of SWFs investing in alternatives also rose over 2010, despite the challenging financial climate.
SWFs are both large and important investors in alternative assets. They have longer-term investment horizons than other investors, and generally do not have to meet as many liabilities. They are therefore better able to commit larger proportions of their portfolios to longer-term and alternative investments……………………………………….Full Press Release: Source

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From MarketWatch: Turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa may disrupt diversification efforts by some of the world’s largest sovereign-wealth funds, according to research released Tuesday by Preqin, which tracks private equity, hedge funds and other alternative investments.
Unrest in the region may have ramifications for the future investment policies of the Libyan Investment Authority, Preqin said……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Emergingmarkets.me: Assets managed by sovereign wealth funds total almost $4tn worldwide, making 2010 the second year running in which they showed an 11% increase. However, some countries were making withdrawals from their SWFs in 2010.
Russia’s Reserve Fund, for instance, contracted to $25.4bn from $60.5bn over the year as a result of being used to balance the national budget, according to Preqin, an alternative assets research firm……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Theaustralian.com.au: Many business leaders are naturally skeptical of the policy positions the Greens adopt. The top three sovereign wealth funds globally each has more than $500 billion invested, and those proceeds are based on state revenue raised from oil production.
The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Norway between them produce a large share of the world’s oil. Their governments are aware that resources are finite and if their populations are to have anywhere near the prosperity in the future that they do now, planning for a time when oil production diminishes is paramount……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Reuters: Private equity firms Bain Capital and the Government of Singapore Investment Corp have agreed to invest in Hero Investments to help it fund its acquisition of Honda Motors’ 26 percent stake in its Indian joint venture.
The funds will be used to retire a significant portion of debt raised for the deal, Hero Group said in a statement……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Chinapost.com.tw: China Investment Corp. (CIC), the country’s US$300 billion sovereign wealth fund, raked in a return of around 11.3 percent on its overseas investment last year, a company executive said Tuesday.
“The return on our overseas investment in 2010, based on the market value of our portfolios at the beginning of last year, is around 11.3 percent,” the executive, who declined to be named, told AFP……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Reuters: The European Union agreed on Tuesday to add the Libyan Investment Authority and several other financial organisations to its sanctions list, with the restrictions expected to come into force on Friday.
Diplomats said the EU’s 27 countries had agreed to impose sanctions on the $70 billion Libyan Investment Authority, the central bank, three other financial organisations and one individual, a former Libyan finance official……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Reuters: Luxembourg has frozen accounts belonging to Libya’s central bank and its sovereign wealth fund, Finance Minister Luc Frieden said on Tuesday.
The two blocked accounts held less than one billion euros, a spokesman for Luxembourg’s finance ministry said, after Frieden announced the measures in parliament……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Financialpost.com: The political events in North Africa and the Middle East are clear for everyone to see. There is nothing opaque or unclear about what is happening; people power is overthrowing autocratic regimes.
The risk associated with investing in companies working in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and other countries in the region is also clear and intelligent decisions can be made on whether or not to invest in these companies……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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From Sunnewsonline.com: The proposal for the establishment of Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) have drawn considerable debates, from different quarters in recent months. The debate rather than focus on key questions, whether Nigeria needs the Fund or a different structure- dissipates energy on its merits and demerits, like most issues of national importance.
Some commentators, and proponents of the fund with its envisaged structure, tend to justify their argument for it on the grounds that Nigeria is the only oil producing country without one. Whether this is enough reason for its establishment is open to debate or at best a moot point……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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