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China Continues to Build Ag Ties in the East

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Population growth, modifications in tastes and preferences, limited resources, and environmental issues are factors pushing up the price of food. Mega institutional investors want access to agriculture and land as an asset class. Some state-owned investors have a strategic purpose in mind such as creating supply chains of food for their home country. On May 14, 2012, TIAA-CREF announced the close of TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture LLC to invest in farmland in the United States, Australia, and Brazil. Investors in TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture LLC includes AP2, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC), the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and other investors.

Increased protein consumption is rapidly spreading in regions like Asia and Africa.

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World Population in Billions

Historically, institutional investors such as U.S. public pension funds have shunned farmland. In fact, there is minimal data on farmland deals and transactions. The asset class is illiquid and in some cases may increase political risk in a portfolio. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

Blackstone Defeated on Investa Office Fund Bid

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The Blackstone Group threw in the towel on a bid to take over the Investa Office Fund, a vehicle that owns prized Australian office properties. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Temasek’s Bond Expected to Lure Retail Investors

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, through its subsidiary Temasek Financial (IV) Private Limited, is planning a 5-year bond that aims to yield 2.7% for retail investors. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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QIA Becomes the Largest Shareholder in Colonial

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The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) became the biggest shareholder of Inmobiliaria Colonial, SOCIMI, S.A. (Colonial), a Spanish listed real estate company. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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