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Goldman Sachs Plans to Launch ActiveBeta ETFs

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Switching gears from the glory days of managing the Global Alpha hedge fund, Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) wants a piece of the US$ 2 trillion U.S. exchange-traded fund (ETF) industry. The ETF market continues to grow in weight and popularity.

In December, Goldman Sachs filed papers and revealed plans for 11 exchange-traded funds that embrace smart beta and hedge fund replication. Goldman Sachs’ version of smart beta has been trademarked “ActiveBeta” and a name of one of the hedge fund replication ETFs is called Goldman Sachs Equity Long Short Hedge Fund Tracker ETF.


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Goldman Sachs ETFs

Smart Beta Hedge Fund Replication
Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta International Equity ETF Goldman Sachs Multi-Strategy Hedge Fund Tracker ETF
Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta Emerging Markets Equity ETF Goldman Sachs Relative Value Hedge Fund Tracker ETF
Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta Europe Equity ETF Goldman Sachs Equity Long Short Hedge Fund Tracker ETF
Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta Japan Equity ETF Goldman Sachs Event Driven Hedge Fund Tracker ETF
Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta U.S. Large Cap Equity ETF Goldman Sachs Macro Hedge Fund Tracker ETF
Goldman Sachs ActiveBeta U.S. Small Cap Equity ETF

Source: SEC Filing

Smart Beta Acquisitions

In April 2014, Goldman Sachs acquired smart beta specialist Westpeak Global Advisors LLC. The tiny advisor had around US$ 300 million in assets at the time of purchase. Victory Capital Management purchased a smart beta provider and IndexIQ, a small ETF company, was sold to New York Life Investment Management, a unit of New York Life Insurance Co. IndexIQ will be part of New York Life’s Mainstay Investments platform.

PSP Investments and Blue Sky Alternative Investments End Strategic Partnership Agreement

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Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited informed Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) that it agreed to terminate its strategic agreement effective March 31, 2019. In December 2017, Blue Sky Alternative Investments forged an agreement with PSP Investments to assist in committing capital in a number of agricultural investments.

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Yield-Hungry Korean Insurance Capital Backs TSX Broadway

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Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd., the Seoul-based investment banking firm, has provided a US$ 375 million loan for a redevelopment in New York’s Times Square. It joins L & L Holding Company, Maefield Development, and Fortress Investment Group who are bringing the development known as TSX Broadway to life. The building is at 1568 Broadway in Manhattan. TSX Broadway, a US$ 2.5 billion project when all equity financing is added in, will allow for renovations and expansion of the 46-storey building. An LED screen, which is not an uncommon sight in the Big Apple, will wrap around the corner of the tower. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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OFFICIALS: Saudi Crown Prince Denies Interest in Acquiring Manchester United

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The Saudi Arabian government dispelled rumors that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will acquire football club Manchester United. However, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) had talks regarding sponsorship with the football club. Manchester United signed a partnership deal with Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority in 2017.

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