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Colombia May Join Colleagues in Creating a Sovereign Wealth Fund

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Many South American countries are facing the stress of unwanted appreciation in their currencies. Colombia is joining the chorus with Brazil. The Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is against added interest rate increases by the Banco de la República de Colombia (Central Bank). The Colombian peso is gaining tremendous ground on the US dollar. The pesos appreciation could spur a move to have government regulators limit the amount of foreign investment. Colombia wants to balance demand between its export market and demand of direct foreign investments.

Sovereign wealth funds are attracted to South America with its burgeoning middle class and lush natural resources. Such a reversal in foreign direct investment policy could hinder future investment opportunities and be harmful to local workers.

One way to help lower demand for the Columbian peso would be to create a sovereign fund to invest abroad. Colombia is another Latin American country fortunate to have significant amounts of oil and other precious metal deposits. Mr. Santos is fully aware of the issue of Dutch Disease and how it can affect a fragile country that is trying to diversify into a number of industries. To prevent rapid currency appreciation and the harming of other industries, Mr. Santos is seeking legislation to create a sovereign fund. The sovereign fund would save excess oil and mining revenue.

ADIA Seeks to Sell KIC Headquarters

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The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is seeking to sell the building that houses the headquarters of the Korea Investment Corporation (KIC). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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BMO and OTPP Test Blockchain Canadian Dollar Debt Deal

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The Bank of Montreal (BMO) and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) participated in a landmark blockchain Canadian-dollar debt transaction. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Just Group Acquires Corinthian Pension Consulting

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Just Group plc acquired a 75% ownership stake in the holding company of Corinthian Pension Consulting Limited (Corinthian Pension Consulting). Operating in the institutional world for over 12 years, Corinthian Pension Consulting provides advisory services to defined-benefit pension scheme trustees and scheme sponsors undertaking bulk scheme exercises. The remaining 25% will be retained by current shareholders of Corinthian Pension Consulting. Robert MacGregor will continue to lead Corinthian Pension Consulting, as its Chief Executive Officer. Furthermore, Corinthian Benefits Consulting Limited and Corinthian Affinity Solutions Limited will continue to operate as before, becoming part of a newly formed holding company, Corinthian Group Holdings Limited.

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