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Growing Energy and Natural Resource Allocation for Public Investors

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energy_natTechnological improvements and efficiencies in crude oil production have elevated projected U.S. supplies of oil. With regard to natural gas, prices of the commodity are relatively low. Surges in industrial and electric power sectors have augmented the need for growing shale gas production. With the United States embarking on a fossil fuel extraction renaissance, how have public investors reacted?

Real assets in the domain of energy and natural resource investments have tagged the interest of public pensions and sovereign wealth funds. From a portfolio perspective, institutional investors seek to neutralize inflation sensitivities, especially if a deflationary spike approaches. A major deflationary event risk could always occur; however, the chances appear relatively slim for now. For example, U.S. financial institutions have re-equitized their balance sheets and shed off riskier units. Hedge funds are being spun-off. The Federal Reserve has added a ton of liquidity into the markets through various policies and actions.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

Russia-Japan Investment Fund to Back Wood Pellet Production in Russia

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The Russian Far East has a lot of timber, and for that wood pellets is a source of biofuel. A while back, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) formed the Russia-Japan Investment Fund (RJIF) with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). RDIF and JBICIG Partners as part of RJIF, together with RFP Group and Japan’s Prospect Co., Ltd. have agreed to collaborate and consider potential investments in Russia’s biofuel industry. JBICIG Partners is a subsidiary of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

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RDIF Lures Asian Investors Toward Russian Surgical Robot Project

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is partnering with a number of unnamed Asian co-investors to allocate capital toward a project to create and manufacture Russian surgical robots. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Oman Infrastructure Investment Fund Near Creation

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The Oman State General Reserve Fund is nearing the formation of the Oman Infrastructure Investment Fund. This fund will raise capital from third-party investors to invest in Oman’s infrastructure and in certain areas of technology.

The fund will also invest in areas of technology in healthcare, specifically in medical equipment. The fund will also explore investing in blockchain technologies.

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