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Kuwait eyes profit from Citigroup stake -minister

According to Reuters, “Kuwait’s finance minister expressed confidence in the Gulf Arab state’s sovereign wealth fund investment in U.S. bank Citigroup, saying in remarks published on Tuesday that it could turn profitable.

‘Our investment in Citi… is beneficial… and God willing we will reach a stage where it becomes profitable,’ Mustapha al-Shamali told al-Rai newspaper.

The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), which manages state assets in the world’s fourth-biggest oil exporter, has come under fire from some parliamentarians for investing $5 billion last year in U.S. banks Citigroup and Merrill Lynch has since been bought by Bank of America.”

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Riksbank Appoints Permanent Head of Financial Stability

Sveriges Riksbank has appointed Olof Sandstedt to lead its financial stability department on a permanent basis, effective November 14, 2017. Sandstedt has been the department’s acting head since June 7, 2017 when he took over for Kasper Roszbach, who departed Riksbank to take up a new position at Norges Bank as director of its research division.

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Mubadala Inches Closer to Invepar Ownership

Since the beginning of the year, Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment Company has been looking at owning the distressed Brazilian infrastructure company Invepar SA for quite some time. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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KDC’s Latest Acquisition a Breath of Fresh Air

Knowlton Development Corporation (KDC) has made its latest acquisition with the purchase of Aromair Fine Fragrance Company Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Aromair Group that specializes in air care products, from London-based Strategic Value Partners. The terms of the transaction, which was completed on November 8, were not disclosed. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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