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Are Credit-Linked Notes Dangerous for Public Funds?

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Public investors that have restrictions participating directly into credit swaps or desire access to a diverse pool of credit investments are choosing to invest some capital in credit-linked notes (CLN). Public pensions such as CalPERS have classified credit-linked notes as an opportunistic asset class given the historical level of risk associated with structured investments. In Europe, cash-focused public pension funds have been gobbling up CLNs. Historically, credit-linked notes have been purchased by financial institutions, high net worth individuals, and opportunistic institutional investors. CLNs tend to have higher yields and customized maturity structures, a unique benefit for smaller pension funds, but not for investors keen on liquidity. The lack of counterparties makes it challenging to get out of credit-linked note trades. Banks like credit-linked notes because they can effectively sell certain credit exposures.

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PSP Investments and Blue Sky Alternative Investments End Strategic Partnership Agreement

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Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited informed Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) that it agreed to terminate its strategic agreement effective March 31, 2019. In December 2017, Blue Sky Alternative Investments forged an agreement with PSP Investments to assist in committing capital in a number of agricultural investments.

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Yield-Hungry Korean Insurance Capital Backs TSX Broadway

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Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd., the Seoul-based investment banking firm, has provided a US$ 375 million loan for a redevelopment in New York’s Times Square. It joins L & L Holding Company, Maefield Development, and Fortress Investment Group who are bringing the development known as TSX Broadway to life. The building is at 1568 Broadway in Manhattan. TSX Broadway, a US$ 2.5 billion project when all equity financing is added in, will allow for renovations and expansion of the 46-storey building. An LED screen, which is not an uncommon sight in the Big Apple, will wrap around the corner of the tower. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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OFFICIALS: Saudi Crown Prince Denies Interest in Acquiring Manchester United

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The Saudi Arabian government dispelled rumors that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will acquire football club Manchester United. However, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) had talks regarding sponsorship with the football club. Manchester United signed a partnership deal with Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority in 2017.

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