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Bank of Korea Increases Gold Holdings in July by 1.24 Billion

Since the end of June 2011, Korea has the 7th largest foreign reserve holdings in the world. The Bank of Korea’s official reserves at the end of July 2011 totaled to $311.03 billion dollars. In addition, the Bank of Korea bought gold holdings worth $1.24 billion. The total gold amount owned is at $1.32 billion. Central banks, sovereign funds, and other governmental investors are using gold as a hedge against western currencies. This was the greatest purchase of gold for the Bank of Korea since the Asian debt fiasco of 1997. Gold prices continue to rise around the world.

Korea also has a sovereign wealth fund called the Korea Investment Corporation.

Korea’s Foreign Reserves Split (July 2011)

  • Dollar Securities – 88.5%
  • Deposits – 9.2%
  • Special Drawing Rights 1.2%
  • IMF Reserve Position – 0.7%
  • Gold – 0.4%

Source: Bank of Korea

Tony Tan Named Director and Special Advisor of GIC

Singapore’s GIC Private Limited named Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam (Tony Tan) as director and special advisor to the wealth fund, effective January 1, 2018. Tan was the former Deputy Chairman and Executive Director of GIC from September 2005 to June 2011. In 2011, He went on to serve as the 7th President of Singapore until August 31, 2017.

In a press release, Lim Chow Kiat, Chief Executive Officer of GIC, said, “As Special Advisor, Dr Tan will provide much value in broadening and strengthening GIC’s network of senior statesmen and leaders of corporations and institutions who may be constructive in advancing the business and interests of GIC. We will also benefit from his extensive knowledge and perspectives on global matters.”

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Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew Joins Lindsay Goldberg

New York-based buyout firm Lindsay Goldberg LLC has announced that Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will join the company as a partner focusing on investments across sectors, institutional relationships, and firm management, according to an announcement released on Monday, November 20. Lindsay Goldberg is a private equity firm co-founded by Alan E. Goldberg and Robert D. Lindsey, both veterans of Morgan Stanley in which they worked in the Transaction Development Group.

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San Diego City Employees Retirement System to Reduce PE and Infrastructure for FY 2018

The San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System plans to reduce annual commitments to private equity and infrastructure down to US$ 75 million for fiscal year 2018. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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