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Alaska SWF Flat for Fiscal Year 2012

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According to the permanent fund’s press release, “According to preliminary data released today by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, the Permanent Fund’s investments returned 0.02 percent for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, and closed with a value of $40.3 billion. This was up $193 million from the end of the prior year, and the Fund outperformed the composite benchmark return of -0.2 percent.

“It was a volatile year for the global stock markets, particularly overseas markets,” said Michael Burns, CEO. “Stocks make up about half of the Fund’s investments, so they had the largest impact on our performance. However the bond and real estate portfolios performed quite well over the course of the fiscal year, helping mitigate the poor performance from stocks and creating a positive return for the Permanent Fund.”

In the first quarter of the fiscal year stock markets were sharply down, feeling the drag of slow growth domestically and political and economic turmoil overseas. Markets then appeared to return to normal, rallying through the second and third quarters, especially in the U.S. But overseas markets were shaken by continuing woes and fell into double digit losses in the fourth quarter, creating a net negative return for the stock portfolio despite positive returns in the U.S. markets.

The Fund’s U.S. stock portfolio returned 2.3 percent. The non-U.S. portfolio returned -14.6 percent while the global portfolio returned -4.7 percent.

Continued concerns over the stability of Eurozone sovereign debt, along with slowing growth in emerging market countries drove investors to the U.S. As a result, U.S. bonds returned 7.8 percent. Compared to stocks, even non-U.S. bonds still seemed safe to investors by comparison, and the portfolio returned 6.5 percent.

Real estate also performed well over the year, and preliminary results show the Fund’s investments returned 11.4 percent. Final audited performance results for real estate and the other asset classes will be available at the Board’s annual meeting in September.

The Fund’s absolute return portfolio was flat at 0.4 percent for the fiscal year. This portfolio includes funds that specialize in absolute return strategies, distressed debt, mezzanine debt and other directed investments. The real return portfolio returned 5.7 percent for the period. This portfolio is comprised of five portfolios, with each manager allowed to set their asset allocation within the risk parameters set by the APFC. This allows them to select from the same range of asset types found within the rest of the Permanent Fund. Private equity returned 9.8 percent for the fiscal year and infrastructure returned -8.4 percent.”

Read more: Alaska Permanent Fund Press Release

DOJ Investing Tesla Over Musk Comments

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting a fraud investigation over Tesla as its CEO Elon Musk made public statements on twitter. This is a criminal probe. In addition, earlier, SWFI reported the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is conducting a civil inquiry into Elon Musk regarding his statements.

This all surrounds Musk tweeting in August that he was thinking of taking Tesla private and had “funding secured” for the transaction. Both government authorities are seeing if Musk misled investors and violated federal securities laws with his public statements.

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Marsh & McLennan Companies to Acquire JLT Group

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Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC), a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in risk, strategy and people, announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc (JLT), a provider of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. The transaction has been approved by the Board of Directors of each of MMC and JLT. JLT’s largest shareholder, Jardine Matheson Holdings, and JLT directors who collectively represent 40.5% of the issued and outstanding JLT shares in support of the transaction.

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Indigo Ag Raises Series E Round

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Indigo Ag, Inc. raised US$ 250 million in a Series E funding round. The company is focused on creating innovative microbial products that increase crop yields in the face of environmental, disease, and pest stress. The investors in this round include Baillie Gifford, Investment Corporation of Dubai, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, and the company’s founder, Flagship Pioneering. After the Series E, in total, Indigo has raised over US$ 650 million.

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