Friday SWFI News Roundup, August 28, 2015

Can Risk Parity Hurt the Recovery?

Many institutional investors, especially U.S. pensions, have adopted the concept of risk parity and have applied it to their portfolios. There are estimates that around US$ 500 billion in assets are allocated to risk parity strategies and about 40% of those assets are allocated toward listed equities. The recent rapid increase in equity volatility could force risk parity strategies to reduce exposure to listed equities. This would lead to a selling of stock in in the coming weeks as risk parity strategies rebalance at a low frequency.

Mitsubishi Has Confidence in Olam

Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Corporation has agreed to acquire a 20% stake in commodity trader Olam International Ltd. Olam is controlled by Temasek Holdings. Olam will issue 332.7 million new shares to Mitsubishi for S$ 915 million and then Mitsubishi will acquire an 8% stake in Olam from Kewalram Chanrai Group (valued at S$424 million based on that day’s closing price.)

ADIA Backs Navkar’s IPO

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