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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 22.Jul 2014

Posted on 22 July 2014 by VRS |  Email |Print

Because the credit ratings of Brazil, Russia, South Africa and India are not robust enough to command borrowing on the capital markets at relatively low rates, and it is only China’s economy among the BRICS that can currently support massive borrowing on the capital markets to enable relatively low-interest lending, it again points to the BRICS Bank being a SWF-like entity.
SWFs generally do not borrow on the capital markets and instead use their own corpus of funds to invest in other countries, almost never their own country. Technically, some SWFs do have the ability to borrow, but rarely do so in practice………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 July 2014 by VRS |  Email |Print

The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) has overcome the negative effects of the crisis around Ukraine. SOFAZ reports that in the 1st quarter the Fund had investment losses on shares of Russian companies, relating to the events around the Ukraine and in the 2nd quarter the Fund received revenue of AZN 118.8 million from asset management.
As a result, SOFAZ revenues for the first half of 2014 amounted to AZN 6.49 bn and expenditures AZN 5.16 bn, i.e. the budget was implemented with an actual surplus of AZN 1.3 bn………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 July 2014 by VRS |  Email |Print

Budget revenues of the State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) for the period of January-June, 2014 reached 6 493.6 mln. manats, while budget expenditures constituted 5 163.1 mln. manats.
Revenue of 6 374.8 mln. manats was received from the implementation of oil and gas agreements, including 6 355.4 mln. manats from the sale of profit oil and gas, 4.4 mln. manats as transit payments, 13.3 mln. manats as bonus payments and 1.7 mln. manats as acreage fees.The revenues from managing assets of the Fund for January-June 2014 amounted to 118.8 mln. manats………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 July 2014 by VRS |  Email |Print

The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) announces about growth of its assets by 4.86% in the first half of 2014. According to the SOFAZ, its assets as of July 1, 2014 has grown by 4.86% compared to the beginning of 2014 ($35.877 bn) and stood at $37.6 bn.
“Starting from 2012 the Oil Fund has begun purchase of gold and the amount of gold as of July 1, 2014 was 30 tons 175 kg (970 146 ounces),” the SOFAZ informed………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 July 2014 by VRS |  Email |Print

Over 100 institutional investors from around the world, such as sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and family groups, as well as senior management of major companies from the Middle East and Africa, will gather to discuss their growth funding and competitive strategies at an upcoming conference in Dubai.
Arqaam Capital, a specialist emerging markets investment bank, has announced that it is hosting the Arqaam Capital Gulf Cooperation Council and Africa Investors conference on September 22 and 23 at the Meydan Hotel in Dubai………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 July 2014 by VRS |  Email |Print

The Omani sovereign wealth fund is potentially a key player in Bulgaria’s banking crisis because it owns 30 per cent of Corpbank, which it bought in 2009. Bulgarian Finance Minister Petar Chobanov spoke to the head of Oman’s State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) last week about the prospect of it helping out after a planned state bailout of the bank ran into opposition in Bulgaria’s parliament.
“The Bulgarians have agreed to work with the shareholders to provide a feasible working plan within a time frame of three months, as a substitute for the nationalisation option,” the source said, declining to be named under briefing rules………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 July 2014 by VRS |  Email |Print

Malaysia Airlines has pleaded with Australians not to desert it and says the Malaysian government will ensure its long-term future. The carrier has also defended itself after confirming that it diverted a London to Kuala Lumpur flight over Syrian airspace when its usual route over Ukraine was closed in the wake of last week’s shooting down of MH17.
Experts have suggested the airline may fail unless the Malaysian government steps in and there have been reports that Malaysia’s state investment fund and 69 per cent stakeholder, Khazanah Nasional, had been seeking to buy the rest of the company even before last week’s downing of MH17, and take it private………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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