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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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GIC Buys Large Stake in Nordic Aviation Capital

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Singapore’s GIC Private Limited, a yield-hungry sovereign investor, invested in Denmark-based Nordic Aviation Capital A/S, becoming a significant minority shareholder. Other shareholders in Nordic Aviation Capital include EQT VI Limited fund, KIRKBI Invest (wealth origins tied to Legos), and Martin Møller, the founder of Nordic Aviation Capital. EQT VI will remain the largest shareholder of Nordic Aviation Capital. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Trump Wants Pharma Companies to Disclose Drug Prices in Advertisements

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U.S. President Trump is progressing on plans to mandate pharmaceutical companies to reveal their prices in drug advertisements. “The drug industry remains resistant to providing real transparency around their prices, including the sky-high list prices that many patients pay,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. “So while the pharmaceutical industry’s action today is a small step in the right direction, we will go further.”

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department would require pharmaceutical companies to include drugs’ sticker prices in their video advertisements. This would be similar to how drug companies disclose the laundry list of side effects.

Increasingly, sovereign funds like Temasek Holdings have backed mid-stage pharmaceutical companies and other therapies, while market investors like Norway’s GPFG have large holdings in listed pharmaceutical companies.

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Kazatomprom Treads Closer to IPO

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Kazatomprom is the world’s biggest uranium producer, accounting for around 20% of production market share. The company is moving forward on floating up to a 25% company stake for its planned initial public offering in London and Astana, Kazakhstan. Kazatomprom’s IPO plans are subject to market conditions. The global market price of uranium generated significant price gains year-to-date through almost three quarters. So far, during 2018, the uranium spot price has moved from US$ 20 per pound to US$ 27 per pound.

Kazatomprom’s sole shareholder is Samruk-Kazyna. Samruk-Kazyna would retain at least a 75% stake in the company.

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Credit Suisse and JPMorgan are joint global coordinators and joint bookrunners for the share offering. China International Capital Corporation, Halyk Finance, and Mizuho International plc were joint bookrunners.

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