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Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Releases 2013 Annual Report

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The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) has released its 2013 annual report. The Gulf sovereign wealth fund detailed its 2013 experiences and organizational changes. ADIA’s Managing Director Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan commented in the report that, ” Beyond China, the emerging market world is becoming far more diverse, and less easy to classify. Meanwhile, the developed world remains critically important to global investors as it is still the primary source of high-quality, investable financial assets, and continues to set the agenda for economic policies and regulation.”

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The 2012 report took on a more positive tone on emerging markets. In 2013, ADIA made larger equity allocations in Asia and Southern Europe. The Gulf sovereign fund held its band in emerging market equities between 10% to 20%.

External Manager Process Changes

With around 75% of assets being externally managed, ADIA has modified some of its procedures. ADIA implemented an analyst note program which consolidates intelligence on individual asset managers and initiated a standardization process on manager reviews.

In addition, ADIA hired several new external managers in equities – selecting ones with high convictions and gearing toward alpha. ADIA’s hedge fund portfolio performed well, especially in the strategies of event-driven equities and equity hedge.

Atlas Merchant Capital and GIC Scoop Up Stake in Ascensus

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Atlas Merchant Capital LLC and Singapore’s GIC Private Limited acquired just under a 25% equity stake in Dresher, Pennsylvania-based Ascensus, the largest independent recordkeeping services provider, third-party administrator, and government savings facilitator in the United States. San Francisco Genstar Capital LLC and New York-based Aquiline Capital Partners LLC were the sellers of the shares in Ascensus and will maintain control over the company.

Atlas Merchant Capital LLC was founded by Bob Diamond and David Schamis. Diamond is the former group chief executive of Barclays plc.

GIC is an investor in Alight Solutions, a provider of human capital solutions.

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Barclays acted as the lead financial advisor and J.P. Morgan acted as financial advisor to Ascensus in connection with this transaction. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP acted as legal counsel to Ascensus.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP acted as legal counsel to Atlas Merchant Capital and Sidley Austin LLP acted as legal counsel to GIC.

In 2015, JC Flowers sold Ascensus to Genstar Capital and Aquiline Capital Partners.

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The Value of Research: Skill, Capacity, and Opportunity

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This article is sponsored by S&P Dow Jones Indices.

How much should a portfolio manager be willing to pay for research? The question is of importance to any manager, but has become particularly pertinent since newly imposed European rules require that the costs of investment research—previously offered by many investment banks as an in-kind consideration in return for brokerage business—be unbundled from trading.

Unfortunately, attempts to determine a fair value for research in the most general circumstances are doomed to fail. Even if we only consider direct recommendations to buy or sell certain securities, the value of such recommendations to a portfolio manager will vary according to the absolute size of positions taken in response. Instead, we provide a framework for estimating relative research values across markets and constituents, under certain stylized (but reasonable) assumptions.

REPORT: The Value of Research: Skill, Capacity, and Opportunity

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Khazanah to Scale Back International Investments, Preps 2019 Dividend

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Malaysia’s Khazanah Nasional Berhad is prepping to declare more than 1 billion MYR in a dividend payout to the Malaysian government for 2019. Khazanah Nasional is undergoing a significant strategy shift to focus more on domestic assets, while selling off venture tech investments, overseas real estate, fund investments, and other non-strategic assets. The wealth fund also plans to scale back its overseas presence in markets such as San Francisco and London.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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