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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 14.Oct 2009

Posted on 14 October 2009 by VRS |  Email |Print

From Gulfnews.com: Western countries in particular have regarded them with suspicion, worrying about the motives of a state’s investment in what might be strategically important companies.
Many of them are investing the money from selling natural resources such as oil in order to provide a stable source of wealth for future generations, while others manage their government reserves…………………..Full Article: Source

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From Thenational.ae: Sovereign wealth funds will play a bigger role in the region’s private-equity deals as funding sources are squeezed, the head of a major international private-equity group said yesterday.

David Rubenstein, the managing director and co-founder of the Carlyle Group in the US, said sovereign funds will use large cash positions to acquire stakes in private companies. Carlyle is partly owned by Mubadala, Abu Dhabi’s strategic investment arm…………………..Full Article: Source

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From Boston.com: Norway, a country of 4.8 million, is a major exporter of oil and natural gas. Each year the government puts surplus revenues in a sovereign wealth fund managed by the central bank.
Official estimates suggest the fund will be worth 2.8 trillion kroner ($500 billion) in January…………………..Full Article: Source

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From Socialfunds.com: In October, 2008, the International Working Group of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IWG) published the Santiago Principles, a set of 24 voluntary principles designed to ensure transparent and sound governance structure, and compliance with applicable regulatory and disclosure requirements in the countries in which they invest, by sovereign wealth funds (SWFs).

SWFs are defined by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as “special purpose investment funds or arrangements, owned by the general government.” Their investment strategies include investing in foreign financial assets…………………..Full Article: Source

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From Gazeta.kz: Kazakhstan and China intend to create joint Investment Fund with the capital of $1 billion. The chairman of the board of Samruk-Kazyna National Welfare Fund, Kayrat Kelimbetov, informed at the press conference on Monday, Kazakhstan Today agency reports.

K. Kelimbetov informed, during the visit of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Karim Masimov, to China at the session of the Council of SCO Prime Ministers, its participants will sign the documents on creation of the Investment Fund…………………..Full Article: Source

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From Guardian: The copper producer Kazakhmys has sold a 25% stake in Ekibastuz GRES-1, the largest power plant in Kazakhstan to government owned sovereign wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna for $339m in cash. The money will be used to repay debt.
Meanwhile it has also announced it is in discussions with Samruk-Kazyna and the China Development Bank about a $2bn loan facility…………………..Full Article: Source

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From Businessweek.com: Chinese shares rose Tuesday after an arm of the government’s sovereign wealth fund bought shares in major banks.

The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index added 41.71 points, or 1.4 percent, to close at 2,936.19. The Shenzhen Composite Index for China’s second exchange gained 1.5 percent to 1,013.28…………………..Full Article: Source

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From FT Alphaville: KKR is investing alongside sovereign wealth fund Government of Singapore Investment Corp and Chinese investment bank China International Capital Corp.
The KKR-led consortium has taken a roughly 30% stake in International Far Eastern Leasing Co, which is controlled by Chinese state-owned Sinochem…………………..Full Article: Source

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From Ftd.de: Dubai World, the state owner of troubled developer Nakheel, is trying to persuade bank creditors to restructure up to $12bn of its loans, an indication that the emirate is starting to grapple with the challenge of unravelling its $80bn-plus debt pile.
Hit hard by the credit crisis, Dubai is showing signs of recovery on global economic optimism, last month launching the Arab Gulf states’ first metro system…………………..Full Article: Source

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From Reuters: Thai telecommunications group Samart Corp said on Tuesday it has not been in talks with Singapore’s Temasek Holdings to buy a stake in Thaicom, Thailand’s leading satellite operator.

“We haven’t negotiated. We do nothing because Temasek haven’t show an interest to sell Thaicom’s stake. There’s no point to negotiate,” Chief Executive Watchai Vilailuck told Reuters…………………..Full Article: Source

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From Emii.com: Sovereign wealth funds (SWF) allocate around $1 trillion to international equity. This is less than 50% of the amount of assets under management at the ten biggest sovereign wealth funds, found a report by RiskMetrics commissioned by the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute.

At the end of last year, the ten largest funds had assets of nearly $2.2 trillion. Earlier, investors were apprehensive about SWFs as governments were concerned they act on behalf of a foreign government owning local assets…………………..Full Article: Source

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From Commodityonline.com: In July, the state-run China Investment Corp. (CIC) bought a $1.5 billion stake in Canada’s Teck Resources Ltd.. CIC is one of the new breed of so-called “sovereign wealth funds” (SWF), essentially government controlled investment funds that all told control trillions in foreign reserves.
CIC manages about $200 billion of China’s estimated $2.3 trillion in foreign-exchange holdings…………………..Full Article: Source

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From Chinadaily.com.cn: China’s foreign currency reserve likely hit a record high by the end of September this year as its foreign trade and economy continue to recover from the global financial crisis, the Shang Securities News reported today. Confirmed data is not yet available.

The newspaper cited an unidentified expert who predicted that that the country’s foreign currency reserve probably reached $2.3 trillion at the end of September, or about $170 billion more than the end of June…………………..Full Article: Source

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From Business24-7.ae: The value of oil and gas reserves of the six GCC countries could cross $37.7 trillion (Dh138.35trn) if the trend in the energy prices continud, said Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman, Governor of the DIFC and Vice-Chairman of the UAE Central Bank.

Bin Sulaiman said the funding sources for the infrastructure projects had to be viewed as an opportunity to nurture a deep bond market whereby public and private sector could join hands…………………..Full Article: Source

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From Kuwaittimes.net: IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Director Masood Ahmed said that the Gulf region’s sovereign wealth funds will continue to invest at home and abroad and will seek to diversify their holdings.

“SWFs have played the role of the long-term investor,” he said. “So as the reserves of these countries increase, this will be reflected (in the SWFs) as some of those reserves will be managed by sovereign wealth funds. It’s a natural process…………………..Full Article: Source

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