Ethiopia’s Nascent SWF Seeks Strategic Alliances with Djibouti

6th May, 2022

Ethiopia has deployed its nascent sovereign wealth fund Ethiopia Investment Holdings (EIH) to broker a deal with neighboring Djibouti to ensure the East African country’s energy security.

Qatar's SWF Supports Elon Musk's Twitter Take-Over

5th May, 2022

Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter has won the support of the US$445 billion Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), which has contributed US$375 million to his buyout.

ADIA Boosts Its Global Real Estate Investment With Joint Venture Platforms

4th May, 2022

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s US$2 billion joint venture deal with Boston-based real estate investment manager Rockpoint has pushed its total allocations to such real estate platforms to more than US$10 billion, according to Global SWF research.

Big Blow for CDPQ as Quebec Shelves Metro Plans

3rd May, 2022

Montreal’s mayor has left Québec province’s US$329 billion public pension fund in the lurch by shelving plans to develop a high-frequency light rail line in the provincial capital’s east end.

The Elephant in the Room - are Sovereign Investors beating the markets?

2nd May, 2022

Comparing returns across State-Owned Investors is never easy and it always takes a lot of assumptions and disclaimers. Yet, most funds have now reported their FY21 results, and we have looked at the average investment returns for the past six years (which we consider a fair investment cycle) across 20 major SWFs and 20 major PPFs in an apples-to-apples analysis.

Fund of the Month (May'22): VFMC

1st May, 2022

For the year ended 30 June, 2021, the Victorian Funds Management Corporation (VFMC) reported a one-year-return of 16.9% and ten-year annualized return of 9.4%. The state investor manages AUD $74.5 billion (US$ 56 billion) on behalf of 31 public authorities of the state of Victoria. Seven months ago, CEO Lisa Gray retired and passed the baton to Kate Galvin, an executive with extensive asset management, banking, wealth management, markets, and legal expertise that would enable VFMC to continue with its evolution and delivery of market leading long-term returns. We had the pleasure of chatting with Ms. Galvin about her vision for the future of the organization.

Sovereign Investors Plan to Back India’s Biggest Ever IPO

28th April, 2022

The Abu Dhabi Investnent Authority (ADIA), Singapore’s GIC and Norway’s Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) are among those engaged in talks as potential anchor investors in the floatation of government-owned Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), reports Bloomberg.

Bain Tasked by PIF to Develop India Strategy – More Investment in Renewables?

27th April, 2022

Investment in India’s infrastructure has an enduring attraction for sovereign wealth funds with around US$18 billion allocated to the development of the South Asian economy by state-owned investors from 2016 to date - and Saudi Arabia is set to boost that level even further with new plans that are set to involve green energy expansion.

Kazakhstan’s Sovereign Fund Fights Corruption Ahead of Divestments with New Hires and Transparency Drive

26th April, 2022

Kazakhstan’s Samruk Kazyna sovereign wealth fund is hiring someone to help draft its new strategy and seeking to boost transparency and improve governance, just months after cutting half its staff to 124 personnel and closing offices in Beijing, Moscow and London and ahead of plans to divest portfolio companies.

UK Real Estate Winning Back Interest from Sovereigns with GIC's Big London Office Investment

25th April, 2022

The acquisition of a 75% stake in Paddington Central – a significant area of prime real estate regeneration in London – by Singaporean sovereign investor GIC demonstrates a revival of interest in the British capital’s real estate market, as it shakes off the risks associated with Brexit and the pandemic.

Sovereign Investors Back Ramsay Health Takeover Amid Defensive Pivot Against Inflation and Volatilty

22nd April, 2022

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and Australia’s healthcare sector superannuation fund HESTA have joined a consortium led by US private equity firm KKR that is seeking to buy Australia-based global hospital operator Ramsay Health Care for A$20 billion (US$15 billion) - a move that proves Australia is an enduring attraction for both domestic and foreign state-owned investors (SOIs).

Lack of Diversification Exposes NBIM to Geopolitical Volatility

21st April, 2022

Norges Bank (NBIM) has reported that the Government Pension Fund Global returned -4.9% in Q1 2022, delivering a loss of NOK653 billion (US$73 billion), suggesting that sovereign funds can expect a rocky year ahead - but also that diversification in private markets could cushion the blow.

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