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Kuwait Increases Contribution to Future Generations Fund

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The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) manages the assets of Kuwait’s Future Generations Fund (FGF). In 1976, Kuwait’s Crown Prince Jaber al-Ahmed al-Jaber al-Sabah who was the deputy emir of Kuwait issued a law creating the Future Generations Fund. The FGF is savings fund for future generations where assets are invested outside of Kuwait. Investment income is reinvested.

Kuwait had a record budget surplus due to high oil income and lower than predicted governmental expenditures. Due to several key factors, the government of Kuwait plans to increase contribution into the future fund from 10% to 25% this fiscal year. Kuwait’s cabinet notified the Kuwait Ministry of Finance to make the modification in the fiscal budget ending March 2013.

The Kuwait Investment Authority also manages the General Reserve Fund (GRF). This fund holds government assets such as participation in state-owned enterprises like the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation.

Altitude Infrastructure Gets Financing on Haute-Garonne Network Project

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Altitude Infrastructure SAS inked a 25-year concession agreement and closed a debt financing package for the deployment and maintenance of an ultra-high-speed broadband network in Haute-Garonne. Haute-Garonne is a department in the south of France.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Guggenheim Partners Agrees to Acquire Millstein & Co.

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On July 11, 2018, Guggenheim Partners inked a deal to acquire New York-based Millstein & Co., L.P., an advisory firm formed by Jim Millstein. Millstein will become co-Chairman of Guggenheim’s securities business. Millstein & Co. will become part of Guggenheim Securities, the investment banking division of the company. Ronen Bojmel will lead the combined Guggenheim restructuring team.

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GIC Holds Steady, Maintains Cautious Investment Stance

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Singapore’s GIC Private Limited returned a 5-year return of 6.6% ended March 31, 2018. At March 2018, GIC had increased cash and nominal bonds up 2% to 37% of the total portfolio, while lowering exposure to developed market equities from 27% to 23%.

GIC CEO Lim Chow Kiat commented in his annual letter in the FY 2017-2018 report that, “In view of the high asset valuations, the increased risk of monetary policy tightening across different jurisdictions and the elevated uncertainty, we maintain a cautious investment stance. Nevertheless, we remain ready to take advantage of potential dislocations. The jump in market volatility experienced in early 2018 offered an indication of potentially bigger market turbulence and opportunities in the future.”

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