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Alaskan Governor Bill Walker Announces Plan for Addressing Deficit

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Screenshot Taken on December 9, 2015.  Credit: KTVA Alaska

Screenshot Taken on December 9, 2015. Credit: KTVA Alaska

Alaska’s state finances have been haunted by chronically low oil prices. Alaskan Governor Bill Walker (I) issued a long presser describing plans for trying to plug the state’s US$ 3 billion some-odd deficit. Governor Walker proposes reshuffling earnings from the Alaska Permanent Fund, modifying the oil tax credit system, introducing personal state income taxes and changing the ways fund dividends are paid. Walker’s plan involves creating a sovereign wealth fund which would oversee various state assets into a new entity. Under his plan, the amount of oil royalty revenue would double into the fund, combined with lowering the Permanent Fund Dividend. This fund would act as a fiscal stabilizer against the state’s fiscal budget.

Altitude Infrastructure Gets Financing on Haute-Garonne Network Project

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Altitude Infrastructure SAS inked a 25-year concession agreement and closed a debt financing package for the deployment and maintenance of an ultra-high-speed broadband network in Haute-Garonne. Haute-Garonne is a department in the south of France.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Guggenheim Partners Agrees to Acquire Millstein & Co.

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On July 11, 2018, Guggenheim Partners inked a deal to acquire New York-based Millstein & Co., L.P., an advisory firm formed by Jim Millstein. Millstein will become co-Chairman of Guggenheim’s securities business. Millstein & Co. will become part of Guggenheim Securities, the investment banking division of the company. Ronen Bojmel will lead the combined Guggenheim restructuring team.

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GIC Holds Steady, Maintains Cautious Investment Stance

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Singapore’s GIC Private Limited returned a 5-year return of 6.6% ended March 31, 2018. At March 2018, GIC had increased cash and nominal bonds up 2% to 37% of the total portfolio, while lowering exposure to developed market equities from 27% to 23%.

GIC CEO Lim Chow Kiat commented in his annual letter in the FY 2017-2018 report that, “In view of the high asset valuations, the increased risk of monetary policy tightening across different jurisdictions and the elevated uncertainty, we maintain a cautious investment stance. Nevertheless, we remain ready to take advantage of potential dislocations. The jump in market volatility experienced in early 2018 offered an indication of potentially bigger market turbulence and opportunities in the future.”

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