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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.

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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