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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 22.Feb 2012

Posted on 22 February 2012 by VRS |  Email |Print

Mark McCombeWestern Australia state’s plan to set up a form of sovereign wealth fund, or SWF, has caught the eye of bankers here but it could stir up a hornet’s nest in Canberra.
The new fund could prove a boom for wealth managers and bankers hungry for new opportunities, but it’s early days yet. Among those in line will be existing managers to the Australian government-backed Future Fund including local and global institutions across equities, private equity, property, infrastructure and timberland, debt, alternatives, cash and overlay strategies………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 February 2012 by VRS |  Email |Print

Colin BarnettColin Barnett has revealed his Government will create a future fund this year to quarantine the benefits of the “finite” resources boom for future generations of West Australians.
The Premier flagged the idea of a sovereign wealth fund in December, saying it would be on the agenda if the Government won another term………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 February 2012 by VRS |  Email |Print

Australia’s wealthiest state in terms of resources is set to create its own sovereign wealth fund, despite criticism that the country’s superannuation system does not need the backup.
Western Australia’s premier Colin Barnett said that the investment vehicle will be comparable to the existing 73.07 billion Australian dollar (US$78 billion) Future Fund set up by the Commonwealth government in Canberra, the Wall Street Journal initially reported……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 February 2012 by VRS |  Email |Print

There has been growing debate as to whether Australia should make greater use of Australia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Future Fund, to manage fluctuations in the federal budget balance due to commodity price cycles and the business cycle.
It has also been argued that Australia needs a sovereign wealth fund to better manage the macroeconomic consequences of the “terms of trade” boom, such as the rising Australian dollar and the so-called “Dutch disease”. A sovereign wealth fund has also been advocated as a mechanism for sharing the revenue from the global commodity price boom with future generations………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 February 2012 by VRS |  Email |Print

Sovereign wealth funds and pension funds are pruning their exposure to alterative assets such as private equity amid the economic downturn, cutting underperforming managers from their rosters - another window for secondaries.
GIC, the Singapore sovereign wealth fund, is selling $750 million of private equity and other funds it no longer wants to invest in, and will redeploy the money to other better-performing managers, according to sources familiar with the matter………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 February 2012 by VRS |  Email |Print

Khazanah Nasional Bhd, the government investment arm, is aiming for a bigger stake in companies with green credentials. Khazanah managing director Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar said the sovereign wealth fund was committed to green growth adding that it had made investments in such industries.
He cited investments in toxic waste management and carbon development as examples of the country’s strategic investors’ portfolio for investments………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 February 2012 by VRS |  Email |Print

Socio-political website Temasek Review Emeritus (TRE) this morning issued an apology to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for an opinion piece and comments posted on its website which it admitted “contained words that are defamatory”.
In the apology, Mr Richard Wan - one of TRE’s five editors, but the only one based in Singapore - acknowledged that the offending post entitled “PAP-government is full of ironies”, dated Feb 16, had meant that Mr Lee was instrumental in securing the appointment of his wife, Madam Ho Ching, as chief executive officer of Temasek Holdings for nepotistic motives………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 February 2012 by VRS |  Email |Print

Øystein Olsen, governor of Norwegian central bank Norges Bank, has repeated a warning against assumptions of return from the country’s sovereign wealth fund - the so-called oil fund.
He used a briefing for journalists in Oslo today to repeat his view on reducing the proportion of the oil fund’s revenues that can be used for government spending………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 February 2012 by VRS |  Email |Print

Sweden’s central bank said it has decided to borrow the equivalent of 10 billion kronor ($1.5 billion) in foreign currency through the Debt Office to restore reserves.
Participation in loan arrangements from the International Monetary Fund in recent years has entailed the use of funds from the foreign currency reserve, the Stockholm-based bank said in a statement………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 February 2012 by VRS |  Email |Print

The government’s proposed sovereign-wealth fund must be used to finance social projects rather than security needs, Knesset Finance Committee MKs said Tuesday.
The government must explain clearly which social projects it will finance using the fund, and if it fails to do so, the committee will draft its own clause to be sent to the Knesset for approval, committee chairman Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 February 2012 by VRS |  Email |Print

Israel’s planned sovereign wealth fund will be managed by the Bank of Israel, rather than a third party manager as recommended in a December report, according to a draft plan reviewed by the Israeli cabinet on Sunday.
The draft is an initial step towards outlining the country’s long-discussed sovereign wealth fund, establishing its management and funding source………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 February 2012 by VRS |  Email |Print

Oman Investment Fund, a sovereign wealth fund of the Sultanate of Oman, and CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, announced that they will increase their investments in the Dubai Mercantile Exchange (DME) to enable it to continue growing its business.
As part of the restructuring of the DME’s equity shareholding, a recapitalisation arrangement will increase the stake in DME held by Oman Investment Fund to 29 per cent, and CME Group’s NYMEX division from 25 per cent to 50 per cent………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 22 February 2012 by VRS |  Email |Print

The Cabinet recently approved a project to establish a shareholding company to replace local domestic worker agencies which hire and provide job opportunities to these labor forces in Kuwait. The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) was assigned to coordinate with the Ministry of Interior and the Fatwa and Legislation Department to carry out a comprehensive study on the project with a month’s deadline.
This is mentioned in a report published by a local daily which indicates that this project aims to maintain human rights of domestic workers in the country; a subject of concern for many governmental and non-governmental organizations worldwide………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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