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Egypt’s Foreign Reserves Grow by $705 Million in August

The Central Bank of Egypt reported that foreign reserves grew by US$ 705 million in August 2012. This is resuming a rise after falling the month preceding. Egypt’s net international reserves stood at US$ 15.13 billion at the end of August 2012. During the Egyptian overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, reserves dropped more than 50%.

In late August 2012, the central bank sold 513 million euros worth of euro-denominated T-bills. Foreign investors constituted around 20% of the inaugural euro T-bill auction.

In mid-August 2012, after a meeting between Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar plans to deposit US$ 2 billion at the Central Bank of Egypt. This is a signal showing support from Qatar. The country of Egypt is still in a relatively fragile political state coupled with a growing balance of payments predicament.

Mubadala Inches Closer to Invepar Ownership

Since the beginning of the year, Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment Company has been looking at owning the distressed Brazilian infrastructure company Invepar SA for quite some time. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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KDC’s Latest Acquisition a Breath of Fresh Air

Knowlton Development Corporation (KDC) has made its latest acquisition with the purchase of Aromair Fine Fragrance Company Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Aromair Group that specializes in air care products, from London-based Strategic Value Partners. The terms of the transaction, which was completed on November 8, were not disclosed. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Norges Bank Recommends Dropping Oil Stocks for Sovereign Fund

Norges Bank penned a letter to its Ministry of Finance recommending the removal of oil and gas stocks from the GPFG’s benchmark index. At the moment, oil and gas stocks make up roughly 6% of the wealth fund’s benchmark index, or just around 300 billion NOK. Norway’s wealth fund is a major holder of oil companies such as ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Total and Royal Dutch Shell. Oil and gas stocks were a major driver of positive equity returns in previous quarters.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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