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London’s Nick Garrott on Sovereign Wealth and Foreign Investor Developments – Part 2

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A General Market Call

United Kingdom – growth strong going forward, possibly up to 3% 2014. Need for significant institutional reform of trade side organisations to match the renewed Asia export focus of UK government.

United States – maintain growth on the back of cheap energy boosting industrial competitiveness and a resurgent Wall Street. National policy dilemmas will need to be solved to improve confidence long term. Arguably commentators are missing the point about the Pivot East; it’s not about tanks and ships or even trade deals; it’s about keeping China caged in by keeping the rest of Asia thinking American in politics, believing American on security and speaking American in business. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

Saudi Aramco and PIF See Opportunities in Russia

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Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is currently exploring opportunities within Russia. PIF is working with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on a number of fronts. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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HNA Group Aims to Shrink and Sell

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Chinese conglomerate HNA Group is on a selling spree due to an order from the government in Beijing to scale back on debt. HNA Group joins Anbang Insurance Group and Dalian Wanda Group in deleveraging from global assets, particularly in hotels and real estate. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Central Bank of Hungary Buys Mounds of Gold

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In October, the Central Bank of Hungary (MNB) boosted its gold reserves by 10 times, from 3.1 tons to 31.5 tons. This was revealed on October 16, 2018. The gold acquired by the central bank in October has a holding value of US$ 1.24 billion.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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