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$3.39 Trillion Allocated to Equities by Sovereign Funds in 2016

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The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) research team estimates that at the end of 2016, US$ 3.39 trillion was being allocated to the listed equity asset class, an increase from 2015. There was also slightly increased asset allocation percentages in private equity, real estate and infrastructure, with fixed income facing a pullback.

Sovereign fund allocation to private equity remains slightly lower compared to the higher allocations of the quarters in 2012.

In addition, despite prolonged low crude oil prices for oil-based sovereign funds, investment returns for 2016 were a boon for sovereign wealth fund asset levels.

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China Helps Pakistan’s Foreign Reserves

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Despite Pakistan witnessing an increase in exports, the rapid increase in crude prices and lackluster financial inflows, have affected the country’s balance of payments position. Trying to avoid a full-scale currency crisis, Pakistan is also dealing with a fiscal budget deficit and a current account deficit. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Russia-Japan Investment Fund to Back Wood Pellet Production in Russia

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The Russian Far East has a lot of timber, and for that wood pellets is a source of biofuel. A while back, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) formed the Russia-Japan Investment Fund (RJIF) with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). RDIF and JBICIG Partners as part of RJIF, together with RFP Group and Japan’s Prospect Co., Ltd. have agreed to collaborate and consider potential investments in Russia’s biofuel industry. JBICIG Partners is a subsidiary of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

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RDIF Lures Asian Investors Toward Russian Surgical Robot Project

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is partnering with a number of unnamed Asian co-investors to allocate capital toward a project to create and manufacture Russian surgical robots. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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