Scotland Votes “No” for Independence
According to the BBC, results for Scottish independence from the United Kingdom show that 55.3% of the people voted “NO”. 44.7% of people voted “YES” for Scottish independence. The question remains if there will ever be a Scottish sovereign wealth fund.
Institutional Capital Moves into Mexico for Energy
Sierra Oil & Gas S. de R.L. de C.V. , Mexico’s first independent exploration and production, has raised equity commitments of US$ 525 million. The Mexico City based company raised money from EnCap Investments and firms Riverstone Holdings LLC, each committing US$ 225 million. Infraestructura Institucional (I2), Mexico’s largest infrastructure private equity firm has committed US$ 75 million. The company is headed by Ivan Sandrea and has assembled a team of executives from Statoil, BP, OPEC and Energy Intelligence.
Texas Teacher Retirement System Allocates US$ 765 Million to Real Asset Opportunities
Real Estate and Infrastructure Allocations
|Morgan Stanley (MS) Infrastructure II||Morgan Stanley Infrastructure||US$ 250 million|
|Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Sidecar II||Morgan Stanley Infrastructure||US$ 100 million|
|CBRE Strategic Partners U.S. Value 7||CBRE Global Investors||US$ 200 million|
|Grosvenor 2014-2 RE Investment Series||Grosvenor Capital Management||US$ 100 million|
|U.K. Co-Invest||Starwood Capital Group||US$ 50 million|
|Meadow Real Estate Fund III||Meadow Partners||US$ 40 million|
|Savanna Real Estate Fund III||US$ 25 million|
Texas Teacher Retirement System Allocates US$ 1.1 Billion to 9 PE Opportunities
The Texas Teacher Retirement System has allocated US$ 1.1 billion to 9 private equity opportunities.
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Bentall Kennedy Buys Stockton Logistics Center
Bentall Kennedy, through a U.S. fund it manages, acquired a NorCal Logistics Center in California for US$ 105 million. The property is located at: 4611 Newcastle Rd, Stockton, CA 95215.
Point Raises $122 Million
Point is a company that provides shared home equity financing. Point raised US$ 122 million in funding in an investment round led by Prudential Financial and DAG Ventures. Other investors in the round include Andreessen Horowitz, Ribbit Capital, Bloomberg Beta, Financial Venture Studio, and Enterprise Community Partners.
FBI Probes Boeing over 737 MAX
The Seattle Times reports the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is conducting a criminal probe into the Boeing 737 Max. Part of the probe includes whether Boeing staff had unduly influence and possible kickbacks to government officials at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The Cassa Depositi e Prestiti Group (CDP) and its investee companies, which include Fincantieri, Italgas, Snam, and Terna, have reached an agreement with the Municipality of Naples and the Authority of the Central Tyrrhenian Sea Port System. The entities will cooperate to provide for the development of Naples and its surrounding area. There will be a focus on helping the institutions and the community at large through financial support, real estate, and infrastructure investment, and support for local businesses. Signatories can help to provide technical expertise and planning, loans, and oversee public projects. Further, assistance and consulting will be provided, particularly as they relate to interventions and renegotiation of contract terms for the purposes of freeing up capital. Sustainable mobility will be a priority, with natural gas and biomethane forming the core fuels of the future. The group will be developing the ports, which will include the construction of emission-reducing structures.
The Federal Reserve made a decision to hold interest rates steady and indicated that no more hikes will be coming for 2019. Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell addressed the media saying that the Chinese and European economies have slowed ‘substantially’. Despite low U.S. employment, Powell explained to the media that the U.S. has the lowest labor force participation rate among developed nations.
There were four interest rate hikes in 2018.
The Federal Reserve committee intends to conclude the reduction of its aggregate securities holdings in the System Open Market Account (SOMA) at the end of September 2019. Essentially, the Federal Reserve is ending quantitative tightening in September 2019. Furthermore, the committee intends to slow the reduction of its holdings of Treasury securities by reducing the cap on monthly redemptions from the current level of US$ 30 billion to US$ 15 billion beginning in May 2019.
In a March 20, 2019 statement called “Balance Sheet Normalization Principles and Plans”, a portion of it reads, “The Committee intends to continue to allow its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) to decline, consistent with the aim of holding primarily Treasury securities in the longer run.
Beginning in October 2019, principal payments received from agency debt and agency MBS will be reinvested in Treasury securities subject to a maximum amount of $20 billion per month; any principal payments in excess of that maximum will continue to be reinvested in agency MBS.
Principal payments from agency debt and agency MBS below the $20 billion maximum will initially be invested in Treasury securities across a range of maturities to roughly match the maturity composition of Treasury securities outstanding; the Committee will revisit this reinvestment plan in connection with its deliberations regarding the longer-run composition of the SOMA portfolio.
It continues to be the Committee’s view that limited sales of agency MBS might be warranted in the longer run to reduce or eliminate residual holdings. The timing and pace of any sales would be communicated to the public well in advance.”
source: Federal Reserve website
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