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Norway’s Sovereign Fund Increases Tech Stock Holdings

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institutionalinvestorsIn a pair of recent SEC filings, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), the institutional investor in charge of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, has significantly increased ownership in two technology companies: Itron Inc. and GT Advanced Technologies Inc.

According to an amended 13G filing made on September 12th, 2013, Norges Bank upped its stake in Itron Inc. to 1,956,728 shares, representing a nearly one million share increase according to a second quarter filing. The aggregate value of the shares totaled US$ 37,683,000 in June of 2013 and nearly US$ 76,980,000 on the date of the purchase on September 11th, 2013. On September 12th, 2013, Itron Inc. announced it would lay off 9% of its staff and consolidate some of its facilities. The move, Itron estimates, will save the company US$ 30 million per annum.

The investor also made a 13G amendment on September 12th, 2013 for a September 5th increase in its holdings of GT Advanced Technologies Inc. According to the filing, Norges Bank augmented its holding from 2,060,168 shares in the second quarter to 6,175,432 on September 5th. The stock has enjoyed a 52.36% increase in price since June of 2013.

Merrimack–based GT Advanced Technologies is a technology company focused on crystal growth equipment for the solar, LED and consumer electronics industries.

Washington-based Itron is a technology company designed to help utilities measure, manage and analyze energy and water.

SWFI First Read, September 21, 2018

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U.S. Public Becomes More Aware that Gmail Scans Emails

Alphabet is a major stock holding for sovereign wealth funds and large pensions. Search giant Google is under fire for allowing third-party partners and companies, like Return Path Inc and other advertisers, to share data from Gmail accounts. Many experts and tech observers already knew this, but more people in the public are becoming aware of Google’s practices when it comes to privacy. Google disclosed in a letter to U.S. lawmakers this finding. The Wall Street Journal reported that in some instances, app companies were able to read people’s emails in order to improve their algorithms. In 2017, Google said they would stop scanning all of one’s Gmail messages for the goal of personalized ads.

GPIF Infrastructure Exposure Almost Reached 200 Billion Yen in March 2018

Japan Government Pension Investment Fund’s (GPIF) exposure to infrastructure real estate was 196.8 billion JPY at the end of March 2018. At that period, 57% of the exposure was to the UK, 15% was to Australia, 15% to Sweden, 10% to Spain and 3% to Finland. 21% of GPIF’s infrastructure portfolio was linked to airports versus 27% to ports.

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Iceland Contemplates a Sovereign Wealth Fund

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The Government of Iceland is looking to possibly form a sovereign wealth fund to stabilize the country from unforeseen shocks to the national economy. The Iceland government released a statement saying, “The state’s contributions to the Fund will be equivalent to new revenues from publicly owned power production companies which are expected to accrue in the coming years.”

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CBRE Global Wins First GPIF Global Real Estate Mandate

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Japan Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) awarded its first global real estate mandate by hiring CBRE Global Investment Partners Limited. This is a global core real estate fund-of-funds separate account. Overseeing this mandate as a gatekeeper is Asset Management One Co., Ltd., which is a unit of Mizuho Financial Group. This RFP was launched in April 2017.

CBRE Global Investment Partners is the multi-manager arm of CBRE Global Investors.

In addition, on August 8, 2018, GPIF hired two custodians for short-term investments. These custodians are Trust & Custody Services Bank, Ltd and The Master Trust Bank of Japan, Ltd.

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