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Sovereign Wealth Funds Briefing 07.Dec 2015

Posted on 07 December 2015 by VRS |  Email |Print

The majority of asset managers have been coy about their losses from sovereign wealth funds, but the chief financial officer of Northern Trust, the US financial services company, was very candid. Speaking during a call with analysts in October, Biff Bowman admitted the $887bn asset manager had suffered “significant outflows” from its sovereign wealth fund clients during the third quarter.
His frankness about redemptions is exceptional at a time when most asset managers have attempted to sidestep questions about such outflows. Few will comment publicly. Either buried away in many third-quarter results or disclosed hesitantly during calls with analysts, asset managers have reluctantly revealed the effect redemptions from sovereign funds are having on their business………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 07 December 2015 by VRS |  Email |Print

Persian Gulf sovereign wealth funds have withdrawn money from asset managers at a record rate this year as falling oil prices have left gulf economies scrambling to inject cash into their economies, according to a Financial Times report published on Sunday.
Data provider eVestment said state investors have removed at least $19 billion from funds under management, sparking both concerns that profits for investment managers will suffer, as well as further losses to funds under management, the report said. Countries that depend on the sale of oil and gas, which has seen a price drop of more than 50 percent since June 2014, have been forced to raid their investment portfolios the report said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 07 December 2015 by VRS |  Email |Print

More than two-thirds of non-US sovereign funds located in countries where oil plays a big part in their economy say they expect funding withdrawals due to sustained low prices for the commodity, according to research from Invesco, the $790 billion (Dh2.9 trillion) asset manager. Saudi Arabia, whose deficit widened as oil prices slumped, has already pulled tens of billions of dollars from global asset managers.
In contrast, only 13 per cent of non-US sovereigns located in countries with no oil exposure expect governments to withdraw funding, Invesco found. “This scenario where funds suffer withdrawals could continue, but it really depends on how long there is a sensitivity around oil prices and the need to provide finance to governments,” says Nick Tolchard, head of international development at Invesco………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 07 December 2015 by VRS |  Email |Print

In the past couple of years there has been a rise in sovereign wealth funds’ investments in healthcare. These cover a wide range of areas from hospital chains to pharmaceutical companies, but it also includes direct investments in digital health startups.
Permanent Fund is one of the founding investors in Denali Therapeutics, a biotech business targeting neurodegenerative disorders. The motivation behind these investments is a mixture of bullishness about healthcare and the practical reality that companies that can solve healthcare pain points such as improving access to healthcare professionals for underserved populations to treating chronic conditions can improve the care of citizens in the countries these funds serve………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Russian Direct Investment Fund, which partners with global investors on equity deals at home, said it’s interested in investing in countries where it sees strong potential for growth such as Egypt and Cuba.
“Russia has deep experience with Cuba,” Kirill Dmitriev, the fund’s chief executive officer, said in an interview in Abu Dhabi. “So investment in ports and airports is quite interesting given the potential growth of the Cuban economy.” Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous country, is becoming more stable and RDIF sees potential for investments in the country’s aging infrastructure and new industrial parks, he said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 07 December 2015 by VRS |  Email |Print

The world’s biggest sovereign wealth fund is shaping its own analysis of risk factors as it looks for ways to boost returns and increase its global reach. Because of its size — currently $860bn — Norway’s wealth fund can’t rely on analysis and research that others have come up with, according to Ole Christian Bech-Moen, its chief investment officer for allocation strategies.
“It’s not easy for us to take an off-the-shelf factor strategy and implement it due to the sheer size of the fund,” he said in an interview after speaking at a conference in Oslo yesterday. “We operate in many different markets and trading costs vary a lot in the different markets, so we need to think thoroughly how to implement these strategies.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Posted on 07 December 2015 by VRS |  Email |Print

France’s sovereign wealth fund Caisse des Dépôts International Capital and other major French firms have acquired on Thursday 29.9 million shares, or a 0.8 percent stake in Kingdom Holding Co. (KHC) for a total of $150 million (SAR 563 million).
The deal was closed at SAR 18.80 per share, the Saudi investment firm said in a statement. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Chairman of KHC, said he will continue to hold a 95 percent stake in the company………………………………………..Full Article: Source

Posted on 07 December 2015 by VRS |  Email |Print

The Commonwealth’s $117 billion sovereign wealth fund will consider buying a slice of the Port of Melbourne, potentially leaving at least some of the asset in public hands. The Future Fund - set up by the Howard government to cover the unfunded superannuation liabilities of public servants - is believed to be weighing up joining a consortium to bid on the long-term port lease, provided the deal is a good one.
The fund’s annual report says Australian infrastructure assets are a safe long-term bet. Having already invested heavily in Melbourne Airport, the fund is now eyeing off other asset sales, including the port………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Singapore state fund Temasek Holdings has decreased its stake in New York-listed Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc by 45 per cent, based on a Q3 2015 regulatory filing with the SEC. Thermo Fisher Scientific is a provider of analytical instruments, equipment, reagents and consumables, software and services for research, manufacturing, analysis, discovery and diagnostics. It’s stock has risen 8.44 per cent since April 28, 2015 and is outperforming the S&P 500 by 10.06 per cent.
Temasek sold 2.37 million shares in the firm as the corporations stock declined 6.53 per cent with the market. Temasek’s original holding in the firm was 2.90 million shares of the industrial machinery and components company at the end of Q3 2015, with its stake valued at $354.53 million. This is a decrease from 5.27 million shares it held at the end of Q2 2015………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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State investment firm 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) is in the final stages of selling 60 per cent of a giant township project in Kuala Lumpur, the final piece of a plan to wipe out its mountain of debts and bring cheer to Prime Minister Najib Razak.
The stake sale in 197ha Bandar Malaysia has implications for the high-speed rail (HSR) link to Singapore as the Malaysian end of the network will end in the township and raise its profile as the capital city’s new transport hub………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Kuwait Investment Authority has signed a definitive agreement to invest $300 million (Rs.2,000 crore) in GMR Infrastructure Limited, it was announced here on Friday. Kuwait Investment Authority is one of the largest and oldest sovereign wealth funds of the world. 1 each of the Company (the “Company”) in accordance with the terms of the Bonds.
Shares of GMR Infrastructure saw a steep fall after the announcement. The bonds will be convertible into equity shares having face value of Re. Such features are generally seen in perpetual-type issuances a press release from GMR said………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Qatar, the third-largest shareholder in Volkswagen, is urging the German carmaker to reduce the influence of its powerful trade unions as it battles to overcome its emissions scandal, a German newspaper reported on Sunday. Bild am Sonntag, without citing sources, said the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) would use a meeting on Sunday with VW Chief Executive Matthias Mueller and other top players in the firm to demand a scaling back of the role of the works council.
The QIA, which holds a 17 percent stake in Europe’s largest automaker, declined to comment, while a VW spokesman said Mueller’s talks in Qatar with the QIA “serve the communication of VW’s new leadership with an important partner.”……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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The Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) was first publicly discussed immediately before the May 2015 election when Exxon disclosed a “significant” find of oil reserves. In theory, the SWF or simply put, an account where the savings derived from a country’s natural resources are deposited so that they may be used for investment (almost always foreign investment) and budgetary stabilisation measures, is one where the citizens after hearing its explanation would shake their heads and say “yes – that is a good idea”.
It is almost always discussed as a measure to ostensibly avoid the potential pitfalls of the over-referenced but universally false ‘Dutch disease.’ Cde Bharrat Jagdeo, the Leader of the Opposition, is right that a more careful analysis and understanding of comparative fundamental economic indicators will cause one to conclude that a SWF, especially one fashioned on the Canadian and/or Norwegian model, is not what Guyana needs. Why?……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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