Archive | September, 2014

US Set to Beat Out Saudi Arabia in Liquid Petroleum Production

United States liquid petroleum production is on the brink of beating Saudi Arabia’s production for the first time since 1991. The American energy renaissance is fueled by a number of advances including new recovery technologies such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing “fracking”. Fracking is commonly used for shale gas and oil recovery. [ Content […]

CIC Rebalance: Sells 300 Million Shares in Noble Group

In a strategic move to rebalance its large direct holdings, sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corporation (CIC) sold about 1/3 of its holdings in Singapore-listed Noble Group Limited, a global commodity trader company. In 2009, the CIC acquired a 14.3% stake in Noble Group, betting on the natural resource theme. Noble Group is a major […]


Alaskan SWF Commits $250 Million to Infrastructure Vehicle

The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) has made a US$ 250 million commitment to an infrastructure vehicle. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

North Carolina Retirement Systems Allocates $1.5 Billion to Alternative Funds

North Carolina Retirement Systems committed US$ 1.5 billion in capital to a number of real estate and private funds. In August 2013, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill to clear the way for more flexibility for the fund to invest in alternative funds. It passed in the North Carolina Senate 48-to-1. See the […]

GIC and ArcLight Sell 6 Nat-Gas Plant Interests to Carlyle Group

The Carlyle Group has acquired 75.05% of the outstanding interests and operational control of Southeast PowerGen from Boston-based ArcLight Capital Partners and GIC Private Limited, one of Singapore’s sovereign wealth funds. Southeast PowerGen is a holding company of 6 natural gas-fired power plants in Georgia. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers […]


Emaar Malls Records $1.6 Billion IPO

Dubai-based Emaar Malls Group raised US$ 1.6 billion in its initial public offering (IPO). This is the biggest IPO in the United Arab Emirates since 2007 – DP World had a US$ 4.96 billion offering. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

AMBITION: Singapore’s LNG Asian Trading Hub Dream

With the help of a sovereign wealth fund, Singapore is strategically positioning itself as a liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading hub. The island nation seeks to capitalize on the growing hunger of LNG from countries such as Japan, China, India and Thailand. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe […]

Gross Leaves PIMCO for Janus, Will Investors Follow?

In a surprising move to bond investors, Bill Gross, the founder of bond giant Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) has resigned – sending shockwaves to the fixed income world. Gross started PIMCO in 1971. Gross is moving over to Janus Capital, a rival of PIMCO. PIMCO is a subsidiary of Germany-based Allianz. PIMCO has been […]

Credit Hedge Fund Specialist Hired by ADIA

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) hired a credit hedge fund specialist for a senior fund manager position. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

Friday SWFI News Roundup, September 26, 2014

Stephen Blyth to become Next CEO of Harvard Management Company Stephen Blyth will become the next president and CEO of Harvard Management Company (HMC). Blyth will assume the presidency on January 1, 2015, succeeding Jane Mendillo who is leaving the endowment at the end of the year. Blyth joined the endowment manager in 2006 and […]

SPIVA Europe Scorecard: Measuring the Effectiveness of Passive Investing in Europe

This article is sponsored by S&P Dow Jones Indices. By Aye M. Soe, CFA Senior Director, Index Research & Design At the heart of the active versus passive management debate lies the theoretical underpinning that the average return of both actively and passively managed assets must equal the aggregate market, thereby making it a zero-sum […]

NMSIC Onboard: Sovereign Wealth Funds Adopting Smart Beta

The New Mexico State Investment Council (NMSIC) has embarked on a search for one or more smart beta managers to manage US$ 1 billion. The search is for two different types of smart beta managers: smart beta managers focusing on low volatility, and smart beta managers focusing on fundamental value strategies. The smart beta allocation […]

Singapore SWF Makes Bid for UK Roadside Assistance Firm

UPDATE: September 25, 2014 GIC Private Limited has agreed to become a co-shareholder in RAC Ltd. In addition, RAC will not be pursuing an initial public offering at this moment. Singapore’s GIC Private Limited is in discussions with the Carlyle Group in a possible £2 billion (US$ 3.3 billion) plus takeover of RAC Ltd, the […]

Press Release – SWFI Establishes Event Advisory Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 24 September 2014 TAMPA, FL, UNITED STATES Press Inquiry: Download PDF of Press Release TAMPA, FL. – 24 September, 2014 – The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) has recently named 10 current and former executives and advisors from some of the largest public funds globally to its Event Advisory Board. Rinchinnyamyn […]

EIA Chief Mansouri to be New Governor of UAE Central Bank

Mubarak Rashid al-Mansouri, the CEO of Emirates Investment Authority (EIA), has been chosen to be the new Governor of the UAE Central Bank. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

OTPP in Investor Group to Acquire Cassidy Turley

Founded in Baltimore, Cassidy Turley, a commercial real estate firm, is being bought out by Texas-based TPG Capital, PAG Asia Capital and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP). The investor group plans to merge Cassidy Turley with Chicago-based DTZ, a property services company. DTZ Investment Holdings, backed by the investor group, will acquire Cassidy Turley. […]

Almost 1.1 Billion: Washington State Investment Board Commits to Tangible Assets and PE

The Washington State Investment Board (WSIB) is allocating US$ 100 million to the Asia-Pacific Energy Infrastructure Fund which is managed by Prostar Capital. Founded in 2010, Prostar Capital is a private equity firm with professionals from First Reserve, ASX-listed Challenger Infrastructure Fund, Credit Suisse and The Australian Gas Light Company. [ Content protected for Sovereign […]

NSIA and Seven Energy Ink Deal

The Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), through its gas and power funds managed on behalf of Nigeria’s Debt Management Office, has signed a commitment letter to invest at least US$ 100 million in senior secured notes issued by Nigeria-based Seven Energy International Limited. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please […]

sovereign wealth fund transactions

2014 Looks to Beat 2013 in Sovereign Wealth Fund Transactions

Increasingly, sovereign wealth funds are investing directly. The larger sovereign funds are getting involved in more deals, whether in institutional real estate, partaking as a group member in a company acquisition or buying more shares on the open market. As a whole, the world of sovereign wealth funds is rapidly expanding due to numerous factors. […]

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Looming Issues: NBIM Ponders Appropriate Benchmarks

Norges Bank Investment Management CEO Yngve Slyngstad gave some remarks on benchmarking at Norway’s Ministry of Finance, poking holes at current indexes. Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global derives its wealth from oil. The fund expanded into public equities in 1998 and in recent years institutional real estate. Norway’s sovereign wealth fund has added overseas real […]