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Follow the QE, Kuwait Investment Authority to Cut US Investments

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The Kuwait Investment Office (KIO), a sovereign wealth enterprise of the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), plans to slowly pullback on U.S. equities after being overweight for seven years. Reuters news broke the story from reporting at a conference in Abu Dhabi. Osama al-Ayoub, head of the Kuwait Investment Office, said the unit wants to invest more in European equities. London-based KIO has an extensive history of investing in European equities. Other institutional investors are following suit, betting on quantitative easing (QE) by the European Central Bank (ECB) to boost asset prices.

In March, the ECB will begin its programme on sovereign bond purchases. A major consequence is that a number of countries are having their government bond yields go negative. Countries such as Finland, the Netherlands, Denmark and France have been able to sell sovereign debt at a negative yield – paying the government to hold money. Negative bond yields could be a contributing factor to boost European listed equities.

DOJ Investing Tesla Over Musk Comments

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting a fraud investigation over Tesla as its CEO Elon Musk made public statements on twitter. This is a criminal probe. In addition, earlier, SWFI reported the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is conducting a civil inquiry into Elon Musk regarding his statements.

This all surrounds Musk tweeting in August that he was thinking of taking Tesla private and had “funding secured” for the transaction. Both government authorities are seeing if Musk misled investors and violated federal securities laws with his public statements.

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Marsh & McLennan Companies to Acquire JLT Group

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Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC), a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in risk, strategy and people, announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc (JLT), a provider of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. The transaction has been approved by the Board of Directors of each of MMC and JLT. JLT’s largest shareholder, Jardine Matheson Holdings, and JLT directors who collectively represent 40.5% of the issued and outstanding JLT shares in support of the transaction.

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Indigo Ag Raises Series E Round

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Indigo Ag, Inc. raised US$ 250 million in a Series E funding round. The company is focused on creating innovative microbial products that increase crop yields in the face of environmental, disease, and pest stress. The investors in this round include Baillie Gifford, Investment Corporation of Dubai, the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, and the company’s founder, Flagship Pioneering. After the Series E, in total, Indigo has raised over US$ 650 million.

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