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Future Fund Fiscal Year Returns 12.4% Ex-Telstra

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According to the press release, “the Future Fund’s return for the financial year ending 30 June 2011 (excluding the Fund’s Telstra holding) was 12.4%. Over the three years ending 30 June 2011 the return was 6.0% per annum. Since the first contribution to the Future Fund, a little over five years ago on 5 May 2006, the Fund has generated a return of 5.2% per annum. The return for the last quarter of the financial year was 0.6%.

The Future Fund’s Telstra portfolio returned 2.9% over the year and 2.7% for the quarter. Reflecting the long-term investment mandate for the Future Fund, the Board of Guardians will continue to focus on performance over rolling ten year periods using rolling five year
periods to gauge progress.

Mr David Murray, Chair of the Board of Guardians, said that the positive returns of 2010/11 reflected the careful construction of the portfolio since the Fund’s inception in May 2006.

“We have witnessed an extremely difficult global economic environment over the last few years and this is continuing to present challenges,” said Mr Murray.

“The Board remains focussed on prudently building a diverse portfolio that is capable of generating good returns in positive environments but provides some protection in weaker markets.”

“The portfolio’s positioning, and our dynamic approach to building and adjusting the portfolio, has helped generate solid performance for the Fund since inception and positions it appropriately for its long term mandate.”

“The reduction in the holding of Telstra shares has continued in line with the Board’s longstated strategy to reduce the holding in an orderly way over the medium term and without untoward market impact.””

Read more: Future Fund Press Release

Saudi Aramco and PIF See Opportunities in Russia

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Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is currently exploring opportunities within Russia. PIF is working with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on a number of fronts. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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HNA Group Aims to Shrink and Sell

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Chinese conglomerate HNA Group is on a selling spree due to an order from the government in Beijing to scale back on debt. HNA Group joins Anbang Insurance Group and Dalian Wanda Group in deleveraging from global assets, particularly in hotels and real estate. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Central Bank of Hungary Buys Mounds of Gold

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In October, the Central Bank of Hungary (MNB) boosted its gold reserves by 10 times, from 3.1 tons to 31.5 tons. This was revealed on October 16, 2018. The gold acquired by the central bank in October has a holding value of US$ 1.24 billion.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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