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CIC posts 11.7 percent return on capital in 2009

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According to the CIC report, “From its inception in September, 2007 through the end of 2008, CIC deployed about USD 21 billion into the market. The gradual deployment of capital was appropriate for a new company particularly under the turbulent market conditions. However, as CIC built its capability and the global economic and investment environment started to show signs of recovery, it significantly stepped up its investment activities, making new investments of about USD 58 billion in 2009.

Investment Performance

2008 2009
Return on Capital 1 6.8% 12.9%
Global Portfolio Return 2 -2.1% 11.7%

1 Return on Capital is based on the accounting income of CIC’s global portfolio, and the cash income and cash dividend declared from its domestic portfolio companies. The return rate is calculated based on CIC’s registered capital of USD 200 billion. Under the equity accounting method, accounting income is generally larger than the cash dividend received from the domestic portfolio companies. Since CIC’s domestic investments are for long-term purposes and their disposals are under restriction, CIC believes cash returns to be more appropriate performance metrics for Central Huijin’s domestic financial institution investments.

2 Global Portfolio Return is based on the annual change in the fair market value of CIC’s global investments.”

Allianz Joins UK Student Housing Platform

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Since 2010, a rush of foreign capital has been plowed into the U.K. student housing market. On June 22, 2018, Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC and Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) sold an interest in their joint venture called Chapter to Allianz. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Turkish President Erdogan Wins Re-Election

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won re-election, collecting 53% of the votes, while his closest rival Muharrem Ince generated a vote count of 31% – this is with 99% of the votes counted, according to Turkish state media Anadolu.

Erdogan gave a victory speech in Ankara, commenting, “The winner of this election is each and every individual among my 81 million citizens.”

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Will Sovereign Funds Capture Opportunity in Trump’s Space Force?

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U.S. President Donald Trump is keen on making a mark in the defense industry by launching a Space Force (joining – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard) – attempting to ensure American dominance in space. Morgan Stanley eyes a potential windfall, seeing a US$ 1 trillion economy brewing. Morgan Stanley released a note to clients commenting that a Space Force, “could address critical vulnerabilities in national security, raising investor awareness in the formation of what we see as the next trillion-dollar economy.”

Sovereign wealth funds and other asset owners are major financial backers of semiconductors, defense, and companies focused on satellites and rockets. According to SWFI data, since 2014, there has been an increase in direct sovereign wealth fund investment in the aerospace and defense industry. In 2017, sovereign funds directly invested US$ 4.76 billion in aerospace and defense.

On June 18th, President Trump said, “Very importantly, I’m here by directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big statement.”

Sovereign Wealth Investment

From a sovereign wealth fund perspective, many wealth funds are active in investing strategically in the aerospace and defense arena. Mubadala Investment Company has been active in aerospace investments such as Piaggio Aerospace SpA, while SoftBank Group has tremendous exposure to artificial intelligence companies and semiconductors. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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