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SWF Forum Europe 2011 – Limited Seating Left

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Sovereign Wealth Fund Forum Europe 2011

October 23-25, 2011, Montreux, Switzerland

October 14th is the last day to register.

We propose an information-driven, marketing-free forum where attendees share insights, engage in forward-looking discussions and learn relevant, timely market intelligence. This is an exclusive event for institutional investors and C-Level Investment Executives who want to interact and build relationships. Discussions and presentations are purely educational. Significant emphasis is placed on peer to peer interactions, with sufficient networking time built into each engagement.

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The SWF Forum is a private event. No press is allowed.

Where:
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace
Grand Rue 100
Montreux
Switzerland
CH-1820

Sovereign attendees are not required to pay a registration fee to attend this event. The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute has full discretion on who qualifies as a sovereign attendee. In general, sovereign attendees must be employed by a sovereign wealth fund, central bank, ministry of finance, state investment corporation, sovereign wealth enterprise, or governmental pension fund.

Should Pension Giants Still Back Low-Vol Strategies?

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As occidental central banks cautiously signal a retreat from loose monetary policy, will there be greater bouts of volatility in the near future? The low-volatility trade has worked like magic – post the global financial crisis.

The early February sell-off rankled the feathers of U.S. pension trustees, sending plausible-sounding studies in low-vol strategies to the toilet. CBOE’s Volatility Index, or VIX, closed high during the period of market mayhem. For CIOs, should the selling of volatility continue, or should the trade be nixed?

Selling risk or volatility has been profitable for a cadre of U.S. pensions as they sought yield in a low interest rate world of quantitative easing. The falling of interest rates to near zero, zero and even negative in some countries, forced asset owners to rethink yield strategies to help pay for liabilities such as pensions, insurance claims or college expenditures. Public pension funds in the United States and even in Europe have augmented investment proportions in real estate, credit and private equity at the expense of lower-yielding bond instruments over the past 20 years. Investment giants like CPPIB and the Abu Dhabi Investment Council have participated in selling off risk via investments in the reinsurance industry, while smaller pensions have utilized option strategies.

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Temasek Invests in Shaver Company Harry’s

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Harry’s, the subscription shaving company that is taking on companies such as Gillette, which is owned by the multi-national corporation Procter & Gamble, has raised US$ 112 million in a new round of financing.

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New CEO at Dubai Holding

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In early February, Dubai Holding LLC, an entity that once oversaw an aggressive Dubai International L.L.C. buyout player, hired a new chief executive officer. Dubai Holding hired Amit Kaushal as CEO, who replaces Edris Alrafi.

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