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APFC Board adopts new policies

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According to the press release, “The Alaska Permanent Fund Board of Trustees approved new Board Charters and a Governance Policy, as well as an updated Investment Policy at its regular meeting on Wednesday and Thursday. The new documents incorporate a number of existing policies and charters into two streamlined documents that will hold all of the related information together.

“In the past we had a handful of resolutions that addressed the management of each of our asset classes and were separate from the manual on how we invested. We also had separate board charters, as well as governance procedures that were not codified in writing,” said Board Chair Steve Frank. “By pulling together these two documents, it will make our policies and procedures more transparent, and provide a great deal of benefit to incoming Trustees.”

For the most part, the new policies do not represent significant changes from past practices. However, the updated investment policy does delegate the Board’s authority to authorize the hiring and firing of managers to staff.

“This change makes sense and is in line with how similar funds operate,” said Frank. “The Board must first authorize a manager search, but then we leave the hiring of managers to the staff that have the time to conduct due diligence visits and comb through performance data.”

In addition to approving the new policy documents, the Board also took the following actions:

  • Approved a $600 million commitment to private equity investments for Fiscal Year 2011 as well as authorizing use of the remaining $250 from the Fiscal Year 2010 commitment in the coming year.
  • Approved the APFC’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget as authorized by the Legislature, and authorized changes within the Fiscal Year 2010 budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year.”

Read more: APFC Press Release

Saudi Aramco Contemplates SABIC Stake from PIF

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Oil giant Saudi Aramco is in early discussions on whether to pursue an ownership stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) from the Public Investment Fund (PIF). At the moment, Saudi Aramco has no plans to buy publicly-held shares of SABIC. SABIC was founded in 1976 by Saudi royal decree to convert oil by-products into useful chemicals, polymers, and fertilizers.

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SWFI First Read, July 19, 2018

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GIC Eyes Provenance Land

GIC Private Limited is nearing a deal to purchase up to 50% of Provenance Land. Provenance Land owns India’s first Four Seasons hotel.

Eduard van Gelderen Leaves UC Regents for PSP Investments CIO Role

Eduard van Gelderen exited his position as Senior Managing Director at the University of California Regents’ Office of the Chief Investment Officer. His role will not be replaced. He accepted an offer to be Chief Investment Officer of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments).

PAAMCO Prisma Holdings CEOs to Exit

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Google Fined Big Time by EU Regarding Antitrust Violations

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The European Union (EU), through its competition commissioner, levied a €4.34 billion fine against Alphabet Inc., the owner of Google. The fine is over Google having “imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search,” according to the European Commission (EC).

The European Commission is requiring Alphabet to cease from its conduct that it is accused of within 90 days or face penalty payments of up to 5% of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said in a press release, “Today, mobile internet makes up more than half of global internet traffic. It has changed the lives of millions of Europeans. Our case is about three types of restrictions that Google has imposed on Android device manufacturers and network operators to ensure that traffic on Android devices goes to the Google search engine. In this way, Google has used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine. These practices have denied rivals the chance to innovate and compete on the merits. They have denied European consumers the benefits of effective competition in the important mobile sphere. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules.”

The EC press release added, “In particular, Google: 1. has required manufacturers to pre-install the Google Search app and browser app (Chrome), as a condition for licensing Google’s app store (the Play Store); 2. made payments to certain large manufacturers and mobile network operators on condition that they exclusively pre-installed the Google Search app on their devices; and 3. has prevented manufacturers wishing to pre-install Google apps from selling even a single smart mobile device running on alternative versions of Android that were not approved by Google (so-called “Android forks”).”

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