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.

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