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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 19.May 2010

Posted on 19 May 2010 by VRS |  Email |Print

From Reuters: Norway’s sovereign wealth fund fell by 0.15 percent in April to a preliminary 2.758 trillion Norwegian crowns ($443 billion) from 2.762 trillion at the end of March, central bank data showed on Tuesday.
The fund’s value has risen from 2.637 trillion crowns at the end of 2009. Commonly known as the “oil fund”, the Government Pension Fund — Global invests Norway’s oil and gas wealth in foreign stocks and bonds to save for future generations……………………………………Full Article: Source

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From Gulf-times.com: Sovereign wealth funds picked up their pace of spending in the second half of 2009 after an extended period of retrenchment during the global financial crisis, a recent study said. The last two quarters of 2009 accounted for 85% of what the funds publicly invested during the year, the study said.
The largest spender last year was the Qatar Investment Authority, which invested more than $32bn in 14 publicly reported transactions, according to the study conducted by Monitor Group, a consultancy in Cambridge, Massachussetts, and Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, a research institution based in Milan, Italy……………………………………Full Article: Source

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From Reuters: Qatar, which controls 17 percent of the votes in Volkswagen, is considering teaming up with Europe’s largest carmaker for joint investments in the auto industry, according to a German magazine.
“We can help VW to expand, we could even create companies together,” said Hussain Ali Al-Abdulla, vice chairman of Qatar Holding and a member of the VW supervisory board, in an interview with German business magazine Capital……………………………………Full Article: Source

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From Theasset.com: Qatar Investment Authority is proposing to invest USD5 billion in Malaysia under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that it signed with 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), providing a framework for facilitating investment cooperation between the two entities.

Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and 1MDB will explore, evaluate and implement investment opportunities in Malaysia, including in the energy sector and strategic real estate development in the Klang Valley. A joint committee will be established between the two parties to assess the viability and other commercial aspects of the various investment opportunities to be considered……………………………………Full Article: Source

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From Asiaone.com: Temasek Holdings, Singapore’s state investment company, has bought a stake in Freeport- McMoRan Copper & Gold for nearly US$32 million (S$45 million), according to a regulatory filing seen by Reuters.

The stake purchase is its latest investment in the resources sector, in which it has poured more than US$1 billion in the last two months……………………………………Full Article: Source

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From Bworldonline.com: Sovereign wealth funds picked up their pace of spending in the second half of 2009 after an extended period of retrenchment during the global financial crisis, a recent study said. The last two quarters of 2009 accounted for 85% of what the funds publicly invested during the year, the study said.

The largest spender last year was the Qatar Investment Authority, which invested more than $32 billion in 14 publicly reported transactions, according to the study……………………………………Full Article: Source

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