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BEST QUARTER: Norway’s SWF Posts 5.3% Quarterly Return

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Yngve Slyngstad

Yngve Slyngstad

Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) posted a 5.3% return for the first quarter of 2015 – earning a quarterly record of 401 billion kroner. The previous best performing quarters were in 2009, when the wealth fund generated 270 billion kroner in the second quarter and 325 billion in the third quarter. A key contributor to the performance was a rally in European listed equities. European Central Bank (ECB) signalling to quantitative measures have influenced European equity markets. The wealth fund had 7,012 billion kroner (US$ 876.76 billion) in assets on March 31, 2015.

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Norway’s GPFG returned 7.5% in equity investments for the 1st quarter of 2015. Fixed income investments earned 1.6%, while real estate investments returned 3.1%.

According to the press release, Yngve Slyngstad, CEO of Norges Bank Investment Management commented, ” There were big price movements in the European market. After a weak return on European stocks last year, the market rallied in the first quarter.”

In addition, 5 billion kroner was transferred from the government to the sovereign wealth fund in the first quarter of 2015.

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GIC Sells Arizona Biltmore to Blackstone

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Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, part of the Blackstone Group, acquired the 740-room Arizona Biltmore hotel, located in Phoenix, for US$ 403.4 million. The deal closed on April 20, 2018.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Mubadala Acquires Stake in Growing Hedge Fund Phoenician Capital

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Mubadala Investment Company, through its unit Mubadala Capital, purchased a minority stake Phoenician Capital, LLC. Although terms and size of the deal were not disclosed, the agreement grants Mubadala Capital rights to invest in a fund managed by the New York-based firm, which generated respective returns of 40.8% and 33.0% in 2016 and 2017, against benchmarks of 12.0% and 21.8% for the S&P 500. The hedge fund runs the Phoenician Offshore Fund Ltd.

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Large Asset Managers Continue to Move Operations Out of California

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In the 2010s, Fisher Investments, an investment firm run by Ken Fisher, moved a large number of employees from the Woodside and San Mateo campuses to a town called Camas in Washington, near Portland. Vanguard has a large operational presence in Arizona, while Charles Schwab Corporation has expanded its technology operations and client services in places like Denver, Dallas, Austin and Phoenix. Dimensional Fund Advisors moved its headquarters in 2008 from Santa Monica, California to Austin.

While asset managers reap profits and try to lower employee head count costs, looking to fly-over country seems appealing.

The Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), part of the Allianz family, selected Austin, Texas as its new office to hire more client services and technology talent. The PIMCO Austin office will open later in 2018. PIMCO is headquartered in Newport Beach, California, with an office in New York City.

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