Fund of the Month (Aug'22): National Development Fund of Iran (NDFI)

1st August, 2022

During Covid-19, the NDFI played an important role in Iran as it supported the production of vaccines and stabilized capital markets. With assets of over US$ 140 billion, the fund is now ready for some changes including investments overseas. We had the immense pleasure of hearing about its latest developments and future plans from its Chairman, Dr. Ghazanfari.

HKMA Set to Launch its Tech Fund to Revive Hong Kong's Early Stage Startups

29th July, 2022

In a move that emulates the strategic approach of Singapore’s Temasek, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s (HKMA) Hong Kong Growth Portfolio is establishing a HK$5 billion (US$637 million) Strategic Tech Fund, Finance Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po told the South China Morning Post this week.

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Focus: Sovereign Investors and the Crypto Crisis

28th July, 2022

Despite the fall from grace of crypto currencies in recent months, sovereign investors are still looking at exposure to the sector – and continue to pump in millions in a bid to increase risk into their profile in the hope of long-term yield, with Singaporean state-owned investors GIC and Temasek leading the charge.

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GIC Feels the Pressure, Secondaries will be Focus in Private Equity

27th July, 2022

The latest annual report by Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC suggests the fund witnessed a sharp dip in performance in FY2021/22, with its highly liquid portfolio hit by the global market turmoil that followed the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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CPP Spreads its Tentacles in Renewables, Boosting its Global Leadership in Clean Energy

26th July, 2022

Canada’s biggest public pension fund, CPP Investments, continues to maintain its position as a leading global investor in renewable energy with this week seeing it stump up a further US$225 million in Octopus Energy Group.

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ADIA secures new leadership for Private Equity, Real Estate

25th July, 2022

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), the world’s fourth largest SWF and the largest investment vehicle in the Middle East, has gone through several organizational changes recently and it just added two high-profile hires from North America to lead its efforts around Global Real Estate (Drew Goldman) and American Private Equity (Andrew Claerhout).

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Dutch Lessons: Inflation and Market Turmoil are Major Challenges for PPFs

22nd July, 2022

The performance of Dutch public pension funds has proven robust despite the impact of the Ukraine crisis on the European economy, but a sharp decline in yields across asset classes will challenge their ability to defend funding ratios while raising pensions in line with inflation.

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CIC Consolidates Overseas Operations, Rivals NBIM as World's Biggest SWF

21st July, 2022

Following 18 months of rumor, the China Investment Corp (CIC) is merging CIC International and CIC Capital, bringing together overseas private equity and infrastructure operations merged into a single unit, according to Bloomberg.

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PE Rescues CalPERS’ Performance, but Musicco Doesn’t Change Her Tune on Overhaul

20th July, 2022

Healthy private equity returns helped the US$446 billion California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) beat its -7.0% benchmark return with a -6.1% net return on the financial year ending June 30.

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NIIF Drives Road Investment in India

20th July, 2022

India’s quasi sovereign wealth fund, the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), has announced the acquisition of an equity stake in the Navayuga Quazigund Expressway Private Limited (NQEPL) through its Master Fund at an enterprise value of around US$380 million.

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Japan’s Goliath-Sized Fund Proves Resilient in Crisis

18th July, 2022

Japan’s JPY196.6 trillion (US$1.42 trillion) Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) weathered the geopolitical turmoil that rocked markets in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, reporting a mere 1.1% decline in the portfolio in the last quarter of FY2021/22, corresponding with Q1 of 2022.

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PIF Accelerates its Automotive Drive with Aston Martin Deal

15th July, 2022

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is continuing its drive in the luxury vehicle markets, becoming the second-largest shareholder in Aston Martin Lagonda.

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