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Korea’s SWF Posts 11.83% Return for 2012

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The Korea Investment Corporation (KIC) posted an 11.83% return on investment for 2012. The KIC topped the benchmark yield of 11.17%. The KIC posted a net asset value of $56.6 billion for 2012.

The negative effects of deleveraging in developed economies have lowered return expectations for sovereign funds and some public investors.

Sovereign funds have generally low expectations for fixed income and some equity markets for the next couple of years, which show the move towards alternative asset classes like real estate and private equity.

Exposure in private markets for the KIC is targeted toward 20 to 25%. In July 2009, the KIC launched their indirect private market program, which allowed investments in private equity, real estate, infrastructure, and hedge funds. Almost a year later in June 2010, the direct investment program was pushed forward, allowing the KIC to pursue direct energy and natural resource cross border deals. Some overseas deals in 2012 include purchasing landmark real estate in Europe.

In 2005, the Korea Investment Corporation was established to manage a portion of Korea’s foreign reserves and to contribute to the development of Korea’s domestic finance industry. The KIC is prohibited by law from investing in Korean assets.

Calamos Investments to Acquire Timpani Capital Management

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Naperville, Illinois-based Calamos Investments signed a deal to acquire Milwaukee-based Timpani Capital Management LLC, which focuses on small and small-midcap growth investing. Founded in April 2008, Timpani Capital Management oversees around US$ 588 million in assets. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019.

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RDIF and Russia-Japan Investment Fund to Invest in Russian Subsidiary of SBI Holdings

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Russia-Japan Investment Fund (launched by RDIF, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and JBIC IG Partners) have reached an agreement with the Japanese corporation SBI Holdings to invest in SBI Bank LLC, SBI Holdings’ subsidiary in Russia. SBI Bank LLC will undergo a large-scale reorganization.

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Ocasio-Cortez and Maxine Waters to Oversee US Banking System via House

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The youngest woman ever to serve in U.S. Congress – starting at the age of 29 – already has an opponent in her sights. Freshman U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, often dubbed AOC on Twitter, was appointed to the House Financial Services Committee, where the democratic socialist will oversee Wall Street. This committee oversees the banks and financial institutions of the United States. With Republicans controlling the U.S. Senate and the White House, and the Democrats controlling the House, one can expect less game-changing bills being turned into laws in the banking sector.

While bartending and waiting tables at the Flats Fix taco bar in Union Square, Ocasio-Cortez upset the more centrist Representative Joe Crowley, Chairman of the House Democratic caucus. Encouraged by her success, other far left democrats are planning to challenge moderate democrats in the 2020 primaries. Ocasio-Cortez is also expected to further strengthen the influence of Chairwoman Maxine Waters of the House Financial Services Committee. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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