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The California Public Mega Authority Fund

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Some countries have multiple sovereign wealth funds. Some states have multiple public pension funds. Does it make sense to consolidate these governmental investment authorities to achieve greater economies of scale and be more cost effective? Due to its vast size in terms of geography and population, California is a state that has many different public pension funds and systems. Some public pensions are managed by CalPERS, while others remain independent, like LACERA. There is also CalSTRS, the public teachers’ pension fund. Yes, one can already make the argument that CalPERS is in effect the mega authority fund since it manages a significant portion of public employees’ pensions, but what if it combined with the other major pensions in California? Imagine if all the key pension authorities in California merged into one public mega authority.

In Canada, the Alberta Investment Management Corp and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) are examples of consolidating or offshoring fund management to a central governmental authority. Ontario is one of the exceptions with five major governmental investment authorities. In Australia, there are organizations like the Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) and Victorian Funds Management Corporation (VFMC) that were created to provide investment management services in a commercially effective and efficient manner.

Organization Billion
CalPERS $225.50
CalSTRS $148.20
LACERA $33.40
Total $407.10
Norway’s SWF $567

Sources: Latest public available sources

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Ping An Good Doctor Lures Big Public Asset Owners

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Ping An Good Doctor, formerly known as Ping An HealthCare and Technology Company, is a Chinese online healthcare platform that is part of Ping An Insurance (Group) Company. This unit is planning to be offered in a Hong Kong initial public offering that could raise as much as 8.8 billion HKD in shares at 50.80 or 54.80 HKD per share.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Temasek and Schneider Electric Eye L&T Electrical Unit

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings and France-based Schneider Electric are in talks to acquire Larsen & Tourbo’s electrical and automation business. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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CalPERS Allocates $1 Billion Internally to a Global ESG Strategy

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In February 2018, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) allocated US$ 1 billion to an internally-managed QSI Global ESG strategy. The internally-managed strategy was developed by New York-based QS Investors, LLC, a subsidiary of Legg Mason. CalPERS entered into a 5-year contract with QS Investors, with a possible spend of over US$ 1 million per annum.

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