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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 07.Feb 2013

Posted on 07 February 2013 by VRS |  Email |Print

Sovereign wealth funds from China to Azerbaijan, which pushed their real estate deal making to a record last year, are set to extend their buying spree as they seek alternatives to low-yielding bonds and volatile stocks.
The funds made 38 property investments valued at almost $10 billion in 2012, according to the Sovereign Investment Lab at Bocconi University in Milan, which has data going back to 1985. While lower than the $13 billion spent on real estate the year before, such deals were 21 percent of all sovereign fund investments last year, the highest percentage on record and topping the 2011 high of 16 percent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Libya’s government needs to establish a governance framework with macro fiscal policy, whereby the North African country’s sovereign wealth fund (SWF) and the budget reserve account at the central bank are integrated as part of key reform priorities in the post-revolutionary transition period, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said.
The SWF, known as the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), should be a “fund system with clear and rigid inflow and outflow rules”, the Washington-based organisation said in a 62-page report released Tuesday. The fund needs to be “a dynamic and completely transparent and accountable system”, it said, adding that it should be based on clear and regulated investment criteria………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The Kuwait government has completed its acquisition of Bank of America’s European headquarters for GBP£385m (US$600m) from the private equity group Evans Randall, it was reported.
Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), the Gulf state’s sovereign wealth fund, has the opportunity to double the height of the site, which is leased to Credit Suisse until October 2027, and in doing so double the size of the floor space……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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We should be celebrating economic development, not huge foreign reserves. Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili made the following allegations: “…the squandering of the significant sum of $45 billion in Foreign Reserve Account and another $22 billion in Excess Crude Account being direct savings from increased earnings from oil that the Obasanjo administration handed over to the successor government in 2007.
Six years after, the administration I served handed over such humongous national wealth to another one, most Nigerians, especially the poor have, continued to suffer the effects of failing public health and education systems as well as decrepit infrastructure and battered institutions………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Khazanah Nasional Bhd may list its leisure and tourism arm Themed Attractions and Resorts (TAR) Sdn Bhd on Bursa Malaysia. This is one of the “strategic business opportunities” Khazanah is exploring to grow Themed Attractions further, Business Times was told.
Nearly RM1 billion has so far been invested to build Themed Attractions’ park portfolio since its inception in 2009. The portfolio includes KidZania Kuala Lumpur, Legoland Malaysia and three attractions within the Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park in Nusajaya, Johor………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has beaten the cost of debt by $346 million over nine years, according to a new analysis. That “modest achievement” was not enough to justify the risks run by the Government’s Super Fund, according to an analysis by the Retirement Policy and Research Centre co-director Michael Littlewood.
The research centre is based at Auckland University. In the past, Littlewood has said the now-$20 billion Super Fund should be carefully dismantled and superannuation payments returned to the original pay-as-you-go model………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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