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Australia Future Fund on track to become the Australia’s biggest landlord

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Australian Business reports, “In 2020, the Future Fund will be Australia’s biggest property landlord as the $67 billion listed property trust sector cedes its dominance to big sovereign wealth funds and super fund investors. Among other big trends, the property industry will be grappling with population growth, an ageing population, climate change and the challenge to supply infrastructure. In Australia, the annual population growth rate doubled in the past 10 years to 443,000 in the year to June. At the same time, the country attracted 290,000 migrants in net terms.

“I don’t think that will significantly ease up,” demographer Bernard Salt says.

This month, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced state governments and local councils will have to agree to better standards of planning in capital cities to qualify for future federal infrastructure funding to ensure they can properly handle growth, with the population set to reach 35 million by 2049. In the corporate world, analysts expect big superannuation funds and the increasingly dominant sovereign wealth funds to become landlords of much more property. The race is already on for Australian property companies to snag these big-ticket investors as partners. Lend Lease chief executive Steve McCann and his team are in the box seat as retail property fund manager for Australia’s $64 billion Future Fund with a joint bid to take over ING’s unlisted $1.4bn retail fund.”

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Youtube is Crashing

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Youtube, a video service of Google, is crashing. Institutional investors are major investors in Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

At 6:41 PM on October 16, 2018, Team YouTube tweeted, “Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues. We’re working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.”

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Investors Eye Tencent’s Next Moves

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Formed in Shenzhen in 1998, Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Limited is the largest gaming company in the world and the largest gaming market is in China. In August 2018, China’s Education Ministry disclosed its monitoring how many new games are coming online. Tencent needs approval from the Chinese government to publish games. In 2017, almost 9,000 games were approved in China compared to only 1,931 in 2018. Chinese President Xi Jinping is keen on combating shortsightedness in children from the overuse of video games.

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Tencent will inject US$ $317.6 million into Chinese streaming site Bilibili in return for 12.3 % equity in the company. Bilibili is a video sharing site known for streaming anime, comics, and games. Tencent’s investment follows previous funding rounds from Tiger Global Management, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, BlackRock, and Alkeon Capital Management. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Ireland Strategic Investment Fund Signs MoU with IFC

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The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will initially focus on investment opportunities in the food and agriculture sector, given its strength and importance for the Irish economy. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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