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China Wealth Fund May Report Record Earnings for 2009 as Markets Recovered

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China’s sovereign wealth fund is set to post its best yearly gain in 2009 after stepping up investments in commodities to ride a rebound in global markets.

China Investment Corp. is likely to report a return on its global portfolio “well over 10 percent” in its upcoming annual statement, said Rachel Ziemba, London-based senior analyst at Roubini Global Economics. The $300 billion fund had a 2.1 percent loss on its global assets in 2008, after chalking up a 0.2 percent return in its starting year of 2007 when the value of a $3 billion investment in Blackstone Group LP plunged.

Chairman Lou Jiwei pumped nearly $10 billion into commodity-related companies such as Canada’s Teck Resources Ltd. in the second half to benefit from the global economic recovery. That compared with $4.8 billion in new investments across all industries for the entire 2008.

“2009 results should be good because commodities staged a strong rally,” said Francis Lun, general manager at Fulbright Securities Ltd. in Hong Kong. “CIC was very timid, which actually helped it to avoid the financial tsunami” in 2008.

President Trump to Slap 10% Tariffs on $200 Billion in Chinese Goods, Increase to 25% Year-End

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U.S. President Trump in a bid to realign the global flows of trade surpluses and deficits moved to put 10% tariffs on US$ 200 billion in Chinese goods. The duties amount will go up to 25% at the end of 2018. China has already demonstrated and threatened to retaliate against the new trade tariffs.

President Trump’s first tariff shot against China started in July 2018, going after US$ 50 billion worth of goods.

“We stand ready to negotiate with China any time if they are willing to move towards serious talks to remedy trade problems,” White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow commented to the press in New York on September 17, 2018.

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BNY Mellon Hires Shamik Dhar as Chief Economist

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BNY Mellon Investment Management hired Shamik Dhar as chief economist, effective October 1, 2018. This is a new position and Dhar will be based in London. According to the press release, “In the newly created role, Shamik will be responsible for conducting proprietary research and analysis, in order to develop economic commentary. He will act as the primary spokesperson for BNY Mellon IM on matters relating to global macroeconomics, geopolitics and capital markets.”

Previously, Dhar was Chief Economist since September 2014 at the UK government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Dhar began his career as an Economic Assistant at HM Treasury, the UK government’s economic and finance ministry. He also had stints at Aviva Investors and the Bank of England.

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Saudi Arabia’s PIF Raises $11 Billion Loan

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Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) completed its massive US$ 11 billion international syndicated loan facility. According to documents, the cash will be used for “general corporate purposes.” The loan was structured as a club loan. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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