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Strategic Development: Mubadala and Boeing Together on Aerostructures and Military Sustainment

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According to the press release, “Boeing and Mubadala Aerospace, a business unit of the Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development Company, a business development and investment vehicle of the Abu Dhabi government, today announced agreements to advance the commercial and military aviation industry in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). These milestones further Abu Dhabi’s plans to become a global aerospace hub, a key part of the Emirate’s economic diversification plans, and grow the strong relationship between the two companies.

The commercial and defense agreements announced today build on a framework agreement Boeing and Mubadala Aerospace signed in November 2009 to show their commitment to develop mutually beneficial initiatives in areas where there is strategic alignment between the two companies. Future partnership initiatives could include additional manufacturing, military maintenance and sustainment activities, as well as people development and training.

“These strategic agreements represent the natural evolution of the longstanding military and commercial aerospace collaboration between Boeing and the UAE,” said Mubadala Aerospace Executive Director Homaid Al Shemmari. “Mubadala Aerospace is proud to expand this partnership with Boeing and feel that this agreement shows confidence in the outstanding results that Strata Manufacturing and AMMROC offer for its customers and partners.”

Jim McNerney, Chairman, President, and CEO of The Boeing Company, said: “These important agreements will strengthen the businesses of both Mubadala and Boeing. Building on the strategic framework we and Mubadala announced at the last Dubai Airshow, we are now demonstrating our solid commitment to our partner, the UAE and the Middle East region. These agreements are a reflection of Mubadala’s outstanding capabilities and pave the way for an ever stronger relationship in the years to come.””

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Maiden Lane I Ends, Federal Reserve Aims to Shrink Balance Sheet

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The U.S. Federal Reserve’s balance sheet has been set to decline automatically since 2017, as the central bank has been liquidating funds from its US$ 4 trillion in Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities. As holdings matured, the Fed refrained from reinvesting them. This amounts to US$ 40 billion in monetary tightening monthly. Meanwhile, interest rates have slowly, and continuously, risen. The maturation of these Fed assets could exert upward pressure on long-term yields.

Mortgage rates, applications, and home sales have been falling, likely due to the rising rates. While rates are still historically low, U.S. President Trump has criticized the rate hikes. However, the Fed has no interest in changing course, and rates are set to continue to rise. According to Fed meeting minutes, “The Chairman suggested that the Committee would likely resume a discussion of operating frameworks in the fall.”

The size and content of the Fed balance sheet going forward will be a point of discussion for Chairman Jerome Powell. While there is no end in sight for the Fed’s plans to tighten economic policy, changing conditions may warrant further examination. With the U.S. stock market thriving, there is no indication that tightening has had a material impact on the economy. However, conventional wisdom asserts that the Fed will raise rates “until something breaks.” Market commentators have also suggested that, in the event of an emergency, the Fed will have a harder time stepping in due to the size of its balance sheet. A large part of the Fed’s monetary strategy is based around communications, and Fed-watchers have made a habit of hanging on every word. The Fed announced a shrinking balance sheet well in advance, and made gradual moves in that direction. The process has been smooth thus far. The Fed’s tightening will reach its peak, US$ 50 billion, in October. It is unclear exactly how much stimulus is still needed in the economy to reach the Fed’s 2% inflation target. The Fed’s easing policies have been criticized for the lopsided benefits they provided, more for Wall Street than Main Street. However, the easing will reduce their role in the market.

The End of Maiden Lane I

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QIA Gets a New CEO

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Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al-Thani exited as CEO of the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). He has been appointed as minister of state by Amiri Order No. (4) of 2018.

Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al-Mahmoud is appointed as the new CEO of QIA. He held positions in various organizations such as CEO of Qatar Development Bank and worked at Qatar Museums.

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SWFI First Read, September 19, 2018

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QIA Eyes Investment in Chinese Lender Lufax

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is in talks about a possible investment into Shanghai-based Lufax, one of China’s largest online lenders. The seller of the possible stake is China’s Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. Ltd. Lufax’s official name is Shanghai Lujiazui International Financial Asset Exchange Co. Ltd.

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