PIF Set to Boost AUM to US$1trn Through Share Issues, But Risks Abound

11th June, 2024

Reports that Saudi energy firm ACWA Power is planning to raise SAR7.1 billion (US$1.9 billion) through issuing stock to existing shareholders could further boost the Public Investment Fund’s (PIF) AUM as it strides towards a US$1 trillion portfolio – meanwhile, Aramco’s recent secondary offering poses some downside risks for the Saudi state and the economy's long-term diversification.

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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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UAE SWF's Chunky Listed Assets Buffeted By Markets, But Funds Will Remain Firm

23rd April, 2024

Emirati sovereign wealth funds’ decision to list assets can help drive private investment into their assets, free up capital for diversifying portfolios and improve transparency – but weighty listed assets can play havoc with portfolio values, as some funds have learned in the year-to-date.

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Korea's NPS Deployed to Prop Up Undervalued Domestic Stocks

4th March, 2024

South Korea’s massive US$800 billion National Pension Service (NPS) could be reversing its global diversification push with reports that it will plunge KRW11 trillion (US$8.2 billion) into domestic public equities, after reporting its best ever annual return.

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PIF's US Equity Holdings: Lucid Down, Activision Out

19th February, 2024

PIF’s US public equities portfolio fell 3.4% q-o-q to US$35.2 billion in Q4 2023, dragged down by the value of its holding in EV maker Lucid Motors but also including the divestment of a chunky gaming stock, according to its latest 13F filing.

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Sovereign Investors' Slash Chinese Equities to Multi-Year Low

9th November, 2023

State-owned investors continued to slash their Chinese equity holdings in 2023 due to heightened geopolitical risks, poor returns and reduced IPOs.

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Chinese State Investors Prop Up Chinese Equities

13th October, 2023

China’s state-owned investors are throwing their massive weight behind troubled domestic stocks in a sign that Beijing is using government wealth to stabilize markets.

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Lucid Clouds PIF's Robust US Equities Performance

15th August, 2023

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) reported 9.6% growth in its US equity holdings to US$38.9 billion in Q2, with electric vehicle manufacturer Lucid contributing just 16% of the increase despite representing 24% of the portfolio.

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PIF's MENA Holdings Surge as it Soars Towards US$2 trillion AUM

12th July, 2023

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) reported a US$11 billion loss for 2022 as global markets tanked, but its annual accounts filed this week with the London Stock Exchange show it has ramped up its Middle East holdings by a staggering US$94 billion to US$175 billion (up 166%) in just two years as it seeks to become a regional investor heavyweight.

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PIF Reverses Public Equity Losses in Q1, But Lucid Remains a Drag

16th May, 2023

Saudi Arabia’s US$730 billion sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), threw its weight behind green energy, gaming and the internet in the first quarter, while slashing exposure to payments processor Visa and Chinese e-commerce company Pinduoduo.

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State Investors Radically Pare Back Chinese Equity Positions Due to Risk Concerns

20th April, 2023

State-owned investors (SOIs) are dumping their Shanghai-listed A-Shares and rapidly reducing their exposure to Chinese public markets amid rising geopolitical risks and market uncertainty.

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ADIA Presses Ahead with Multi-Billion Take-Private Strategy

14th April, 2023

Sovereign wealth funds have been prominent buyers in listed companies going private in recent months, and yet another big deal is on the horizon: a proposed GBP4.6 billion (US$5.7 billion) takeover of Dechra Pharmaceuticals by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and Swedish private equity firm EQT.

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