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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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Concerns Raised at Potential BlackRock Takeover of CalPERS’ Private Equity

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has been analyzing options on what to do with its massive US$ 26 billion private equity program. The pension system has embraced the mantra of reducing cost, reducing complexity and reducing risk, the hallmark of its program called “INVO 2020”. CalPERS also wants less, but more strategic relationships with external money managers. At one point, CalPERS was contemplating increasing its direct investment staff to model Canadian pension funds such as Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), OMERS and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension plan. The pendulum has begun to swing the other way as reported earlier by SWFI research staff.

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CDP Signs €1.7 Billion Infrastructure Loan Agreement with Atlantia Group

Cassa depositi e prestiti S.p.A. (CDP) and Atlantia Group’s Autostrade per l’Italia (ASPI) have signed a €1.7 billion loan contract dedicated to upgrading motorways in Italy under concession to ASPI. €1.1 billion will come in the form of a term loan with a 10-year tenure, with the remaining €600 million wrapped up in a five-year revolving loan.

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Sovereign Funds Commit to Integrating Climate-Related Risks at One Planet Summit

Representatives from a number of sovereign wealth funds who collectively govern over US$ 2 trillion in assets came together at the One Planet Summit at the Élysée Palace in Paris in order to discuss what public asset owners can do to incorporate climate change-related risks and opportunities into investment considerations.

The newly formed committee – called the One Planet Sovereign Wealth Fund Working Group – includes as its founding members the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), Norges Bank Investment Management (manager of Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global), Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), and the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.

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