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Angolan Oil Output to Surge Over Next 5 Years

According to Reuters, “Angola’s oil industry is booming as money pours in after the end of three decades of civil war, and officials say output could increase by as much as two-thirds over the next five years. Buoyed by a scramble for energy and raw materials by China and other emerging nations, oil companies are spending tens of billions of dollars drilling oil and gas wells deep below the Atlantic many miles off the African coast. Production capacity has increased steadily over the last two years and oil analysts say Angola could now comfortably pump at least 2 million barrels per day (bpd) and is increasingly only held back by political constraints. Angola is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), holding the presidency of the 12-member grouping this year, and has been limiting output with other OPEC states to help stabilize oil prices in the wake of the global economic crisis. But dozens of new Angolan oilfields will come on stream between 2011 and 2015 and oil analysts expect output to increase steadily to between 2.5 and 3.0 million over this period.

‘By 2015, Angola should be looking at oil production closer to 3 million bpd,’ said Thomas Pearmain, African energy analyst at IHS Global Insight. ‘Production will be pretty flat from now through until about 2011 and then we will see a number of very big projects come on over the following three to four years.'”

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Institutional Investors Remain Skeptical as Bitcoin Continues to Rise

Bitcoin has continued to rally over the past month – hitting a record US$ 8,224 in the early hours of November 20 – and institutional investors are beginning to take notice of the cryptocurrency’s increasing popularity. With a market value of more than US$ 130 billion, the digital currency has seen unprecedented growth of over 700% over the past year. But Bitcoin’s rise has also been marked by a number of volatile slumps, leaving institutional investors divided over its durability as a long-term store of value and wondering whether to get in on the action. Despite these headwinds, more than 100 hedge funds have been formed to trade in digital currencies.

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3 Reasons Why Other Sovereign Funds Will Not Dump Oil Stocks

Norges Bank informed the country’s ministry of finance to recommend the wealth fund to remove oil and gas listed equities from the fund’s benchmark index. The central bank came to the conclusion that Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) would be less vulnerable to a permanent drop in oil prices if the wealth fund was not invested in oil and gas listed equities. For some academics there are arguments that wealth funds should diversify away from their sources of wealth. Contradictory studies have demonstrated that wealth funds should support industries that enhance the country’s sources of wealth. For example, earlier on, Norway’s fossil fuel wealth was buoyed by increased capital investment to the oil sector to increase output, a pre-cursor to the wealth fund’s explosive growth.

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For some sovereign investors, investments in master limited partnership in oil and gas have been strong driver of returns, or even in smaller fossil fuel listed companies. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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GIC Financially Backs Innovation Precinct Project in Melbourne

Singapore’s GIC Private Limited acquired a majority interest in a joint project located in Melbourne, Australia. The joint project is between Sydney-based Lendlease, Australia-based Urbanest and GIC. In 2014, the project was labeled Carlton Connect Initiative with the goal of being an innovation hub.

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