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Greek Voter Majority Rejects Bailout Referendum

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With nearly all ballots tabulated, results from the Greek referendum show voters strongly rejected the terms of an international bailout. Greece’s interior ministry posted figures of 61% voting “No” and 39% voting “Yes”. Syriza, the governing party of Greece, campaigned for a “No” to voters.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addressed his country on television stating, ” As of tomorrow, Greece will go back to the negotiating table and our primary priority is to reinstate the financial stability of the country.”

Germany has the most at stake in terms of losing money as a creditor. Germany has a US$ 68.2 billion direct exposure to Greek debt, followed by France at US$ 43.8 billion – far more than the IMF’s US$ 21.4 billion. Also the European Central Bank has a US$ 18.1 billion direct exposure to Greek debt.

Probability of Grexit Intensifies

Greece is suffering under the heavy pressure of capital controls. The Greek economy has shriveled about 25% over the past six years. Greek banks will encounter serious problems without a massive influx of aid from the European Central Bank.

Greek Finance Minister Resigns

On July 6, 2015, the Greek Finance Minster Yanis Varoufakis resigned.

On Varoufakis’ blog, he said, “Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my… ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today.

I consider it my duty to help Alexis Tsipras exploit, as he sees fit, the capital that the Greek people granted us through yesterday’s referendum.

And I shall wear the creditors’ loathing with pride.”

Greek PM Tweets Victory

Greek PM Twitter - July 5, 2015

Greek PM Twitter – July 5, 2015

RDIF and Makara Capital form Technology Company Investment Joint Venture

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and Singapore-based Makara Capital, a specialist in transaction financing and asset management, signed a deal to form a US$ 200 million joint investment platform to finance breakthrough innovative projects in Russia and Asia. Ali Ijaz Ahmad, the CEO of Makara Capital, is a board director of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). Ali Ijaz Ahmad served as an adviser to Morgan Stanley and The Carlyle Group. He also had stints at the World bank and Goldman Sachs. Makara Capital was founded in 2005 as a joint venture with Credit Suisse AG and made independent by its founding partners in 2008.

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SVB Financial Group to Acquire Leerink Holdings

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Linking Boston to the San Francisco Bay Area in the world of pharmaceuticals, SVB Financial Group (SVB) announced that it has entered into a merger agreement to acquire Leerink Holdings LLC, the Boston-based parent company of Leerink Partners LLC, an investment bank focused on the healthcare and life science industries. Jeffrey A. Leerink formed Leerink in 1995. Santa Clara, California-based SVB Financial Group is the parent company of Silicon Valley Bank. SVB is big into life sciences and provides services to many healthcare companies and startups.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Digital Currencies Gaining Steam Among Central Banks

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At the Singapore Fintech Festival, International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde noted that central banks should consider issuing digital currency, as non-cash payments increased over the years – especially in developed markets. Digital currencies, also known as cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin have lost tremendous value in recent months. Lagarde is referring to having the central bank issue digital currencies. Lagarde argued that a digital currency would be the liability of the state and not a private company. Saudi Arabia, China, Canada, Sweden, and even Uruguay have tinkered with possibly having digital currencies or some form. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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