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China’s external assets near US$ 10 trillion

10th June, 2022

Last week, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, widely known as SAFE, released the latest data on China’s international investment position. SAFE functions as a bureau with vice-ministerial rank under the Central Bank, the People's Bank of China (PBOC), and manages the country’s foreign reserves among other external assets.

Saudi Arabia is a Hardcore Gamer

9th June, 2022

Gaming is a core focus of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and Embracer Group appears to have hit the right buttons the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund, which invested US$1.05 billion to acquire a 8.1% stake in the Swedish gaming business.

State Investors' Portfolios Are Pummeled By Geopolitics, But It's Not All Bad News

8th June, 2022

Global SWF has taken stock of portfolio losses in local currency terms and finds that the value of state owned investors' AUM has taken a hammering since Russia’s military action in Ukraine with hundreds of billions of US dollars wiped off their portfolios - yet, there is still a chink of light in the gloom.

Québec Pension Fund Deepens its Port Alliance With Dubai Investor

7th June, 2022

Canada’s CDPQ pension fund has deepened its relationship with Dubai World – a state holding company – by buying up a 22% stake in a range of infrastructure assets in the Emirate.

Temasek Leaps Forward With its Multi-Pronged Decarbonization Ambitions

6th June, 2022

Temasek has launched a S$5 billion ($3.6 billion) investment platform focusing on carbon reduction, working with its Decarbonization Partners initiative with BlackRock, in a major new development of the Singaporean state-owned investor's strategy of backing solutions to climate change.

South Africa can’t shake its corruption problem

3rd June, 2022

The Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Africa's biggest pension manager with US$ 157 billion in AuM, has been buried in allegations of corruption since Jacob Zuma’s presidency. When Cyril Ramaphosa took office in 2018, he made his mission to root out such issues, including Zuma, the Guptas, and PIC. Four years later, it does not seem that things have improved much in the country or at the fund manager.

GIC opens Sydney office, expands leadership group

2nd June, 2022

Exactly a year after it first announced it, GIC has closed its first few hires in Australia and has opened an office in Sydney to manage its significant portfolio of assets Down Under. The first team members to be onboarded are a VP from Nuveen, an Associate from Fortius and another one from Credit Suisse. We expect the fund to name a head for the new office soon.

Fund of the Month (Jun'22): EIH

1st June, 2022

On January 31, 2022, the Federal Negarit Gazette of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia announced the establishment of the Ethiopian Investment Holdings (EIH) to serve as the country’s strategic investment arm. The fund will have an authorized capital of ETB 100 bn (US$ 1.9 bn at today’s exchange rate) and be seeded with over 43 public enterprises across different sectors, including Ethiopian Airlines, CBE and Ethio Telecom, as well as significant landholdings. We had the great pleasure of chatting with EIH’s CEO, Mr. Mamo Mihretu, and its Deputy CEO, Ms. Bilen Mammo, about the fund’s establishment and vision of the organization’s future.

Israel Finally Launches Sovereign Fund from Gas Windfall Profits

31st May, 2022

Israel’s plan to launch a sovereign wealth fund – the Israel Citizens’ Fund (ICF) – is finally going ahead on Wednesday (June 1st) after years of delays and reduced expectations.

Korea's SWF Set to Boost Private Markets Exposure as AUM Shoots Past USD200bn

30th May, 2022

The Korea Investment Corporation (KIC) posted an annual return of 9.13% for 2021 with assets under management reaching US$205 billion – exceeding the US$200 billion mark in the first time in its 16 year history.

Can Middle Eastern SWFs Fulfil their Multi-Billion Bilateral Deals?

27th May, 2022

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is in competition with its Abu Dhabi peers in headline-grabbing multi-billion bilateral memoranda of understanding. Global SWF assesses whether these agreements worth more than the paper they are written on – and if they are simply part of Middle Eastern states’ exertion of soft power.

Greenko Bumps Up Indian Renewables Investment by GIC and ADIA - and Canadian Funds are Following Suit

25th May, 2022

India is set for another injection of sovereign capital in its fast-growing renewable energy sector with new pledges of investment by Canadian, Middle Eastern and Singaporean funds.

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