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CIC’s Zhou Says U.S. Should Spend Much More on Infrastructure

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Bloomberg reports, “U.S. infrastructure-spending plans are “too little, too late” and should be increased in preference to quantitative easing, said Zhou Yuan, head of asset allocation at China’s $300 billion sovereign wealth fund. Proposed spending of about $500 billion over six years on infrastructure should be doubled, Zhou said in an interview on Oct. 30.

China Investment Corp. may invest, and wouldn’t expect to own completed projects, he said. “Infrastructure of this kind will serve to provide more jobs” than further quantitative easing, Zhou said in New York, while attending a conference hosted by the Chinese Finance Association. Low interest rates in the U.S. are his “top concern,” he said.

Congress has yet to approve the proposed $500 billion of spending on highways and transit. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Oct. 12 he hoped Congress would make the plan a priority next year. Beijing-based CIC was created in September 2007, funded by a $200 billion allocation backed by China’s foreign reserves. Zhou said the fund has depleted its cash to the point where it’s seeking more government money. About 8.6 percent of the portfolio was in cash as of June 9, according to Executive Vice President Jesse Wang. Cash and equivalents were 32 percent of holdings at the end of 2009, according to its annual report.

“We are expecting continued injections,” Zhou said. “The form, quantity and structure remain to be determined.””

Source: Bloomberg

Italian ANAS and RDIF Invest and Build the Fourth Section of Moscow’s Central Ring Road

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) inked a deal with ANAS S.p.A. (formerly known as Azienda Nazionale Autonoma delle Strade), the Italian state highway management company, to implement a concession agreement to build and operate the fourth section of the massive Moscow Central Ring Road. The transaction expects to be finalized in the first quarter of 2019. This is the final section of Central Ring Road, which is 96.5 kilometers long. According to the RDIF, “Under the terms of the concession agreement, the cost of construction is 85.4 billion rubles, of which the concessionaire will provide 49.7 billion rubles and private investors will provide 35.7 billion rubles.”

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Follow the Money – Episode 48

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This long-form podcast was recorded on December 11, 2018. Michael Maduell dissects the latest geopolitical trends that can impact institutional investors such as pensions, sovereign wealth funds, and endowments. Maduell lends his opinion on the lawsuit of Neiman Marcus and bumps in the road for augmented reality.

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CONTENTS
1:15 Huawei, Canada, Brexit, and Macron Headache
6:30 Sovereign Wealth Fund Asset Allocation
9:58 India Gets a New Central Bank Governor
13:26 Pensions Go Bust on U.S. Retailers
17:04 Augmented Reality and Sovereign Funds
22:00 Former CalPERS CIO Goes to Morgan Stanley Investment Management
24:30 Oman Investment Fund Goes on Defense in Public Markets
25:00 Japanese Scandals and Opportunities

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The views in this media are expressed by Michael Maduell and other participants and are not reflective of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI).

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Danica Pensions Sells Danica Pension Sweden

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Danica Pension sold Danske Pension Försikringsaktiebolag (publ) (also known as Danica Pension Sweden) to a group of investors for around 2.6 billion SEK. Danica Pension is part of Danske Bank A/S. Of the total amount, 2.3 billion SEK is being paid in cash, while the rest is in the form of a debt instrument from Danica Pension.

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