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Follow the Money – Episode 27

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In this latest episode of Follow the Money, I talk to Don Steinbrugge of Agecroft Partners LLC to get a glimpse of the hottest trends in the hedge fund industry for asset owners such as pensions and sovereign funds. Don gives a candid explanation of the true status of hedge funds, despite a recent barrage of negative hedge fund headlines routinely touted by the media. Other topics include finding best-of-breed hedge fund managers.

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CONTENTS
1:40 – Popular Trending Hedge Fund Strategies for Asset Owners
4:10 – Separating Noise from Reality: The Real Status of Hedge Funds in the Marketplace
7:10 – Institutional Investor Views on Trump Win
8:00 – Managing Potential Sell-Off Scenarios
11:50 – Deconstructing Risk and Return
16:00 – How to Access Best-of-Breed Managers and Uncovering New Talent

Follow the Money Show is available on asset.tv on the Asset Owner Channel.

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Donald A. Steinbrugge, CFA, is founder and managing partner at Agecroft Partners, a global hedge fund consulting and marketing firm. Previously, he served as the head of sales for one of the largest hedge fund organizations and for one of the largest institutional investment management firms. Mr. Steinbrugge was a founding principal of Andor Capital Management, where he served as head of sales, marketing, and client service and was a member of the firm’s operating committee. He also was a managing director and head of institutional sales at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and head of institutional sales for NationsBank. Mr. Steinbrugge frequently writes white papers on the hedge fund industry, has spoken at more than 100 hedge fund conferences, and has frequently been quoted in the media and featured on business television. He is a member of numerous boards and committees, including the investment committee for the City of Richmond Retirement System and the board of directors of the Hedge Fund Association and the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

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Mergermarket Gets Ready to be Sold

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Private equity firm BC Partners hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to advise on the sales of Acuris. Acuris is a collection of financial news and data sites, which includes Mergermarket, Dealreporter, and Debtwire. In 2017, BC Partners sold around a 30% stake in GIC Private Limited.

Before the rebranding to Acuris, Mergermarket was part of The Financial Times Group until 2013 when it was sold off to BC Partners.

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Why Japan Post Sees Promise in Aflac

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Aflac Inc. is an American insurance company founded in 1955. The company is the biggest provider of supplemental insurance in the United States. Aflac also has major operations in Japan.

In December 2018, Japan Post Holdings (JPHLF) signaled it was spending US$ 2.64 billion for a 7-8 % stake in Aflac. The goal is that, in four years time, Aflac will become an affiliate of Japan Post. Japan Post hopes to accomplish this by becoming the largest voting shareholder of the company. The world’s 13th largest company, with 400,000 employees, Japan Post needs to expand to chase further growth, mainly because Japan Post expects the postal business to decline. Diversification is seen as the optimal route to long term stability for the holding company. Japan’s economy is worrying. Japan’s aging population means that many insurance companies are facing a shrinking customer base, Japan Post settled on a plan to expand overseas.

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RDIF and Development Agency of Serbia Agree to Explore Joint Investments

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Development Agency of Serbia, also known as Razvojna agencija Srbije, reached an agreement to work together to identify attractive investment projects to strengthen bilateral economic ties and increase investment flows between Russia and Serbia. Russian capital and businesses are keen on investing in Serbia.

In addition, the two countries signed an agreement to cooperate on civil nuclear energy, according to state-owned Russian reactor builder Rosatom (Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation). Rosatom continues to expand it business of nuclear cooperation deals in a wide number of countries.

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