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Australia Considers Tax Exemptions for Sovereign Wealth Funds

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Tax considerations influence sovereign wealth fund investment behavior.  Australia does not want to deter passive foreign investment, especially in a challenging economic environment. Australia is already a favorite destination for many SWFs due to its vast natural resources, mature real estate market, and transparent capital markets.  The Government of Australia is contemplating tax exemptions for sovereign wealth funds that possess passive investments in Australian assets.

Most nations agree that passive governmental investment is a plus for the economy.  When sovereign investors engage in commercial activity, most of the time, they lose their exemption with that source of income.  Other Western nations have already adopted exemptions for sovereign investors.  Tax exemption laws for sovereign wealth funds (foreign governmental investors) vary by country.  In the United Kingdom, foreign governments have sovereign immunity from UK tax, except in the case of commercial income.  [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

Does the Hong Kong Dollar Have a Future?

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Despite the Hong Kong dollar straddling within the upper echelons of being a highly-traded currency, its existence could be in doubt in the future. The Hong Kong dollar is the official currency of Hong Kong and the governmental currency board is the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA). The HKMA is tasked to oversee the stability of the local currency with its massive pool of government reserves. Before the Hong Kong colonial government named the silver dollar as legal tender in 1863, the global trading post utilized the British sterling, Indian rupees, Spanish silver coins, and Chinese cash coins. There were decades of set exchange rates with the British pound. Fast forward years, eventually in 1983, the Hong Kong dollar was pegged to the U.S. dollar. In 1997, Hong Kong moved from English rule to Chinese control.

Could the Hong Kong Dollar End?

The Hong Kong dollar will soon go into the dustbin of history, according to local and international experts. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Mubadala Invests in Series B in Primer

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San Francisco-based Primer raised US$ 40 million in a Series B round that was led by Lux Capital. Other investors in the round include Mubadala Investment Company and Section 32. Return backers include Amplify Ventures, DCVC (Data Collective, and In-Q-Tel, an investment form supported by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Primer is an artificial intelligence platform that analyzes large datasets, competing with firms like Peter Thiel’s Palantir Technologies Inc. Primer raised US4 14.7 million in its Series A round from In-Q-Tel, Lux Capital, Amplify Partners, and Data Collective.

Primer was founded by New Zealander Sean Gourley, the co-founder & CTO of Quid, an augmented-intelligence company.

Palantir

This is in the midst of the financial backers of Palantir who are trying to value their stake in the company. Morgan Stanley’s mutual funds owns shares in Palantir and have lowered their valuation in the company. Morgan Stanley believes Palantir is worth around US$ 4.4 billion as of September 30, 2018. Palantir attempted to buyback all of the stock held by Morgan Stanley’s mutual funds, which amounts to just around US$ 3 million as of the middle of 2018.

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HSBC and CIC Hold Talks on Bilateral Investment Fund

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Taking a page from the Goldman Sachs cooperative fund deal, banking giant HSBC and the China Investment Corporation (CIC) are in talks to form a £1 billion fund to invest in U.K. companies that have linkages to the Chinese economy. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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