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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 29.Sep 2011

Posted on 29 September 2011 by VRS |  Email |Print

Patrick ThomsonSovereign wealth funds may be shifting toward alternative investments such as infrastructure and property as they reconsider their investment strategies after a decade of equity underperformance against low-yielding fixed income.
That means the $4 trillion sector is unlikely to play white knight to hobbled euro zone banks as it did in 2008, when state-owned investment vehicles plowed $80 billion into troubled Western lenders……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Seiji MaeharaJapan should set up a sovereign-wealth fund to fight the high yen, and sell as many government assets as possible to reduce reliance on tax increases to fund quake reconstruction, the ruling party’s policy chief said Wednesday.
“We would like to consider a national fund, or a so-called sovereign-wealth fund,” Seiji Maehara said in an interview, adding that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said he would examine the idea……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Similar to recent domestic and international pressure for Australia to create a sovereign wealth fund, Japan is now facing similar urgent calls.
Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) policy chief Seiji Maehara has asserted in an interview with Dow Jones Newswires that the country should consider a sovereign wealth fund to fight the strong yen. Furthermore, he noted that he aims to sell as many government assets as possible to lower reliance on tax hikes in order to help fund earthquake reconstruction……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Korea Investment Corp. has decided not to buy more Bank of America (BAC) shares for now amid increasing criticism over significant valuation losses arising from its investment in the U.S. banking giant, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
South Korea’s sovereign wealth fund will assess developments in global financial markets and BoA’s share price movements before making any decision, one of the people told Dow Jones Newswires……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Temasek Holdings executive Wong Kim Yin will be Singapore Power’s new boss. Mr Wong, managing director of investments at the investment company, will take up the post of chief executive-designate on Nov 1 and the electricity firm’s top job on Jan 1.
Current chief executive Quek Poh Huat will retire at the end of the year but remain as senior adviser……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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The Federal Government has said it had negotiated with the World Bank for an investment of $500 million (N75 billion) in agriculture and another $50 million (N7.5 billion) to support the environment sector .
On the Sovereign Wealth Fund, the finance minister the Federal Government was in dialogue with the governors and would meet with them in a couple of days and let them realise the importance of SWF to the economy……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Qatar, part-owner of Germany’s Volkswagen and Hochtief , is looking for more investment opportunities in the country, the head of the Gulf state’s sovereign wealth fund said.
“We are looking forward to strengthening our position here in Germany,” the chief executive of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, Ahmad Mohamed Al-Sayed, told a gathering of German industry executives in Berlin on Tuesday……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Q&A with Max Giolitti, Former Head of Risk Management and Asset Allocation at the Alaska Permanent Fund. For large institutional investors, what is your investment outlook on 2012, is it positive, negative, mixed?
In terms of asset prices it is mixed. Developed countries in particular are going through an adjustment period. From a “great moderation” standpoint this is a significant outlier event, but from a longer historical context it is not. Emerging countries will also experience the effects of the developed countries pains, but then the very definition of emerging implies greater volatility……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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