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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 31.Jul 2013

Posted on 31 July 2013 by VRS |  Email |Print

Norway’s enormous sovereign wealth fund, known as the “oil fund,” looks set to be split up into several different funds if a new, non-socialist government takes over after the September 9 national election. All of its potential members think some fund spin-offs can boost earnings and competition.
Today’s oil fund, officially known as Statens pensjonsfond – utland (the state pension fund that invests abroad), is made up of revenues from Norway’s oil and gas production that are stashed away for future generations. It’s grown enormously since being formed in the 1990s, thanks in part to high oil prices, and is expected to have average annual returns of 4 percent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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China Investment Corp. is anticipating new challenges for institutional investors as developed economies start to taper their quantitative easing programmes, according to its latest annual report.
Chairman and CEO Ding Xuedong said: “As major developed economies embark on tapering their Quantitative Easing programmes, volatility of global financial markets will be further increased, creating new challenges for institutional investors.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the strategic investment fund of the Government of Malaysia, stands out among global sovereign wealth funds (SWF) as a leading example of how such a fund can be an engine of economic development for the country — ”a national building institution,” as it likes to refer to itself. Khazanah — literally meaning treasure — also has the distinction of being actively involved in Islamic finance, widely held as the fastest growing segment in global finance.
Khazanah commenced operations in 1994; at that time its mandate was primarily as passive custodian of the government’s shares in national agencies, which had been privatized………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Global investors are once again warming up to India’s real estate and have raised nearly $2 billion (Rs 11,854 crore) in the past year despite the economic uncertainties and the scepticism surrounding this sector.
Some of the large investments include Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) backing Kotak Realty fund, and Sovereign Fund of Oman investing in HDFC. While realty funds are cautious, they are looking for future opportunities as well. Sovereign wealth fund of Gulf ADIA has invested in the offshore fund of Kotak Realty Funds. ADIA, owned by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, has also appointed Aditya Bhargava, an India-dedicated investment manager, to look at options to invest in the country………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The Alaska Permanent Fund has made commitments to several private-equity funds run by the Blackstone Group and the Carlyle Group.
The $42 billion fund’s board of trustees committed $1 billion to two Blackstone funds and $750 million Carlyle. Half of the Blackstone commitment will go to the Blackstone Strategic Holdings Fund, and the other half to a no-fee fund that makes co-investments alongside that fund………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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