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Posted on 08 June 2016 by VRS |  Email |Print

A succession of funding deals by deep-pocketed sovereign wealth funds have thrown a life preserver to some of the world’s biggest private tech firms whose high valuations have come under scrutiny in the past year. Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States along with state-backed investors in Singapore and China have ploughed money into hot tech investments such as ride-sharing company Uber and Chinese Internet giant Alibaba and its private affiliates.
With overall funding for start-ups slowing down by a third to $25.5 billion in the last two quarters, according to data from CB Insights, high-profile ventures are turning to government funds or institutional money to create “private IPOs” rather than to venture capitalists or chancing public listings………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Steady globalization, government interventions and increased investment into rapidly developing economies are key factors influencing emerging market currencies. Sovereign funds and large Canadian pensions, such as the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), continue to invest capital into markets such as India, Brazil and China.
Sizable portfolios of listed securities have accumulated for wealth fund investors in non G-7 economies, thus exposing them to currency risk. Public institutional investors continue to weigh the benefits of currency management and alpha opportunities versus the cost. According to SWFI Compass, an RFP and opportunity tracker, there continues to be compelling demand in 2016 for allocation to emerging market external fund managers………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Says acquired additional 4 percent in the Hudson Square joint venture with Trinity Church Wall Street, bringing the total share up to 48 percent for the duration of the 75-year ownership period. Says Norges Bank real estate management paid $142 million for the additional share of four percent, bringing the total investment up to $1.7 billion.
Says Trinity Church Wall Street maintains a majority interest of 51 percent in the joint venture. Says joint venture has selected real estate firm Hines as operating partner for the portfolio……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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Abu Dhabi Investment Authority will invest $150 million, Singapore govt’s sovereign wealth fund GIC to put in rest. Clean energy company Greenko Energy Holdings, an affiliate of the Singapore government’s sovereign wealth fund GIC, has raised $230 million in fresh funding from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and the parent company.
GIC, which acquired a majority stake in Hyderabad-based Greenko Group Plc’s Mauritius entity (Greenko Energy Holdings) for £162.8 million in October is infusing $80 million into the company through one of its affiliates, the company said on Tuesday. GIC will continue to be the majority shareholder………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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WeBank, a Shenzhen-based Internet bank owned by Tencent Holding Ltd., has been restricted to get funds from foreign investors including the US private Warburg Pincus and the Singapore state-owned investment firm Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd., after the country’s banking regulator expressed serious concerns over the foreign ownership. The reason for blocking investment is still not clear.
In April 2016, it raised nearly $4.5 billion in funds, which gave the financial arm valuation of nearly $60 billion. Ant Financials domestic investors include various insurance companies and China’s sovereign wealth fund………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Malaysia’s troubled state investment company 1Malaysia Development Bhd. defended its liquidity position after Moody’s Investors Service withdrew the rating for one of its bonds. Moody’s said Tuesday it withdrew the rating on 1MDB Energy Ltd.’s 5.99 percent $1.75 billion debt “for its own business reasons,” according to a statement, pointing to its website for its policy on such moves.
“1MDB reiterates that its liquidity position is strong and the company remains focused on execution of its successful rationalization plan,” the company said in a statement Wednesday………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Any fool can smell a rat when someone demands immediate cash payment of US$3 billion to finance a long-term property development project that has not even taken off the ground. Worse, when that mountain of cash is dumped into a little known private bank, against all norms.
How could a world’s leading investment bank with a wealth of experience in such financing, fail to detect something gravely wrong was taking place in a client which happened to be the sovereign wealth fund of a country? Wall Street Journal report provided a connection between the US$3 billion bond urgently raised by 1MDB in March 2013 and the US$681 million (the infamous RM2.6 billion) that landed in PM Najib Razak’s personal AmBank account………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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Kuwait’s current account surplus narrowed to a 13-year low in 2015, as oil export earnings declined, according to NBK. The surplus in Kuwait’s current account fell from 33% of GDP in 2014 to 5.1% in 2015, due in large portion to a drop in oil export receipts amid a weaker oil price environment.
Meanwhile, the foreign assets of the state as a whole, the bulk of which are held by Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), are thought to be in excess of KD170bn,” says the bank in its market report today………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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The Saskatchewan government’s failure to act on a three-year-old report recommending the establishment of a sovereign wealth fund is a “real missed opportunity,” according to the interim leader of the Opposition NDP.
“It’s frankly unacceptable that we’ve come through a decade-long period of record revenues without having any long-term savings,” said Trent Wotherspoon, who was appointed interim leader of the Saskatchewan NDP in April. In 2013, Premier Brad Wall commissioned former University of Saskatchewan president Peter MacKinnon to investigate sovereign wealth funds — large investment vehicles funded by profits from natural resource extraction………………………………………..Full Article: Source

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