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

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.

Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew Joins Lindsay Goldberg

New York-based buyout firm Lindsay Goldberg LLC has announced that Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will join the company as a partner focusing on investments across sectors, institutional relationships, and firm management, according to an announcement released on Monday, November 20. Lindsay Goldberg is a private equity firm co-founded by Alan E. Goldberg and Robert D. Lindsey, both veterans of Morgan Stanley in which they worked in the Transaction Development Group.

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San Diego City Employees Retirement System to Reduce PE and Infrastructure for FY 2018

The San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System plans to reduce annual commitments to private equity and infrastructure down to US$ 75 million for fiscal year 2018. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Institutional Investors Remain Skeptical as Bitcoin Continues to Rise

Bitcoin has continued to rally over the past month – hitting a record US$ 8,224 in the early hours of November 20 – and institutional investors are beginning to take notice of the cryptocurrency’s increasing popularity. With a market value of more than US$ 130 billion, the digital currency has seen unprecedented growth of over 700% over the past year. But Bitcoin’s rise has also been marked by a number of volatile slumps, leaving institutional investors divided over its durability as a long-term store of value and wondering whether to get in on the action. Despite these headwinds, more than 100 hedge funds have been formed to trade in digital currencies.

Split Consensus on Wall Street

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