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How Donald Trump Indirectly Helped Sovereign Wealth Funds

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Sovereign wealth funds are approaching US$ 8 trillion in assets. Numerous Gulf-based sovereign funds derive their wealth from oil and natural gas. Generally speaking, when oil prices fell into a tailspin in 2014, a number of Middle Eastern sovereign funds modified asset allocation strategies, redeemed fund manager mandates, and sold off a plethora of holdings. Year 2017 painted a different picture in the world of global commodities. Will sovereign funds, as an investor class, grow faster as crude oil prices continue to rise? Will oil prices subside in 2019?

Before his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo negotiated to free three hostages from North Korea, U.S. Donald Trump nixed the Iran nuclear deal (also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) on May 8, 2018. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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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