PIF Reaches the Stratosphere with Satellite Subsidiary

28th May, 2024

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is developing its might as the dominant force in the national economy with the launch of yet another national champion subsidiary, this time devoted to satellite launches.

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QIA Joins Peers in Semiconductor Industry

23rd May, 2024

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is playing catch-up with its Saudi and Emirati peers with a major investment in semiconductors as the global market seeks to diversify production following the chip shortage of 2020-23.

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PIF Dumps US Listed Assets, Lucid Falls Further

21st May, 2024

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) slashed its US public equity holdings by 41.7% to US$20.56 billion in the first quarter of 2024, with its biggest stockholding EV carmaker Lucid slumping by 32.3% in value and non-Lucid holdings falling 43.5% to the lowest level since end-Q2 2021 as PIF dumped massive chunks of its equity portfolio.

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Saudi Arabia's Hassana Backs the Rise of Climate Funds

16th May, 2024

TPG Rise Climate vehicle has won another state-owned investor for its carbon-cutting mission with the US$320 billion Saudi public pension fund manager Hassana – part of the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) – making forming a US$1.5 billion partnership, including a “substantial anchor commitment” to the new Transition Infrastructure fund and an allocation to the TPG Rise Climate II fund.

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BlackRock Deepens Relationship With Saudi Arabia

30th April, 2024

Saudi Arabia’s US$925 billion Public Investment Fund (PIF) has given BlackRock a US$5 billion mandate to help establish a multi-class investment firm based in the capital, called BlackRock Riyadh Investment Management.

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Championing Consolidation: Gulf SWFs Create Global TowerCo Giants

25th April, 2024

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has forged a joint venture deal with the Kingdom’s telecoms company STC which sees it acquire a 51% stake in Telecommunication Towers Company Limited (TAWAL), which is set to form the basis of the Middle East’s biggest telecommunications infrastructure company – and a global player.

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GCC Surpluses Highly Dependent on Oil Prices – and Geopolitics

19th April, 2024

On Thursday this week, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published its latest fiscal oil price breakeven in the statistical appendix of its Middle East overview. These are important figures, as they reflect the fiscal situation of the countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), when compared to current oil prices.

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Gulf SWFs Build their EV Empires

2nd April, 2024

The Gulf region’s sovereign wealth funds have pursued very different strategies towards the rise of electric vehicles.

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Going Electric: Gulf SWFs Boost Capital in Luxury Carmakers

26th March, 2024

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) and Bahrain’s Mumtalakat have stumped up more money in their automotive interests in return for equity as they support plans for growth in a challenging market.

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Korea's NPS and Saudi Arabia's PIF Look to AI Revolution

19th March, 2024

The height of the pandemic saw sovereign investors plunge capital into e-commerce and logistics real estate, but today the biggest focus of their tech investments is artificial intelligence and machine learning – and this month has seen a surge in activity among state-owned investors.

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Abu Dhabi Launches Mega Tech Investor the Size of SoftBank’s Vision Fund

12th March, 2024

The building of national champions with global reach is a major theme of strategic sovereign wealth funds in the Gulf region. Abu Dhabi’s launch of a global tech investment firm on a scale of SoftBank’s first Vision Fund, backed by Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala and native AI firm G42, ramps up the rivalry between the Emirate and initiatives backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).

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PIF Uses Aramco Stake as Springboard to US$1trn AUM in 2025

8th March, 2024

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is marching towards its end-2025 target of US$1 trillion with a further 8% stake in Aramco transferred to its portfolio by the government, in order to fund the Kingdom’s aggressive economic diversification program.

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