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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 21.Jan 2013

Posted on 21 January 2013 by VRS |  Email |Print

China’s foreign exchange regulator has increased the amount which Kuwait’s sovereign wealth fund can invest directly in the Chinese securities markets to $1 billion. The quota allows the fund to buy yuan-denominated stocks and bonds. Only five other foreign investors in China have quotas as large as $1bn.
They are Qatar Holding, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Norway’s Norges Bank, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and Singapore-based investment firm Temasek Fullerton. Kuwait has a sovereign wealth fund managing assets well in excess of $300bn. The fund said last October that its investments in greater China, including Hong Kong, had grown to $15bn………………………………………Full Article: Source

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Sovereign wealth funds, which command some of the world’s largest cash mountains, are expected to increase investments in private equity as Europe’s banks, pension funds and insurers retreat from the industry under the pressure of capital regulation.
Buyout firms are now just as likely to contact Kuwait, Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Australia as well as attempting to impress traditional funding sources in France, Germany, or Italy, according to market executives. Commodity-rich nations in the Middle and Far East are now playing a crucial role in the fundraising process………………………………………Full Article: Source

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Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the sovereign wealth fund of Malaysia, reported a 24.3% jump in the net value of its investment portfolio in 2012 to a record 86.9 billion Malaysia ringgit ($28.9 billion.) Khazanah noted that its annual gains handily outpaced the 14.1% increase logged by the Malaysian stock market’s Kuala Lumpur Composite Index.
In an annual review released Thursday, Khazanah cited its property development investments in Malaysia’s southern-most state of Johor Bahru, bordering Singapore, as well as initial public offerings by portfolio companies IHH Healthcare Berhad and cable-TV network Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad, as factors contributing to its annual gains………………………………………Full Article: Source

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Energy and finance leaders discussed ways to encourage greater private sector investment in renewable energy and low-carbon, climate-friendly projects as a tactic to mitigate climate change and diversify the global energy mix.
Specifically, leaders focused on the growing opportunities for sovereign wealth funds, development banks and pension funds to view the new energy industry as a growth opportunity, especially in developing economies………………………………………Full Article: Source

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