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CDPQ Posts 9.1% Return for Fiscal Year 2015

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Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) returned 9.1% for the calendar year ended December 31, 2015. The weighted average return on clients’ funds over four years equaled 10.9%. At year-end, CDPQ amassed C$ 248 billion in net assets versus C$ 159 billion in December 2011.

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CDPQ is unique in the sense that the investor uses indexes to retroactively assess portfolio performance. The investor has a benchmark-agnostic approach to investing.

A notable transaction made by CDPQ in 2015 was its investment in Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village through its real estate unit Ivanhoé Cambridge. Ivanhoé Cambridge is now the seventh largest property owner in Manhattan.

Scatec Solar Places Big Solar Bet in Bangladesh

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Oslo-based Scatec Solar ASA, a publicly-traded independent power producer operating in the emerging market solar development space, plans to construct and own a 800 mega watt photovoltaic solar power plant in Chandpur, Bangladesh. Scatec Solar has solar assets scattered across numerous emerging markets such as South Africa, Rwanda, Honduras, Egypt, Jordan and the Czech Republic.

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APFC Sells $1.4 Billion Stake in Simpson Housing

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The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) embarked on a major shift in its real estate portfolio by selling a 50% ownership stake in Denver-based Simpson Housing LLLP for US$ 1.4 billion. Simpson Housing had made up roughly 24.7% of APFC’s US$ 5.6 billion real estate portfolio. The other owner of Simpson Housing is that State of Michigan Retirement Systems.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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ISIF Invests in Cybersecurity Firm Vectra

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The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) committed €10 million to Vectra Networks, Inc., a San Jose, U.S.-based cybersecurity company. The investment capital will assist Vectra in creating a research and development center in Dublin.

ISIF is part of a larger funding round of €30 million. These other investors include Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners, DAG Ventures, AI Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures and Wipro Ventures.

Kevin Dillon, who is the former Head of Microsoft Ireland and a Managing Partner at Atlantic Bridge, will join the board of directors at Vectra.

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