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Norway’s sovereign fund sees sustained volatility

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Martin Skancke

According to the Guardian, “Investors face years of market volatility as governments consolidate their mountains of debt taken on both before and in response to the financial crisis, says the head of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund.

Martin Skancke, director general of the Norwegian Ministry of Finance Asset Management Department and responsible for the country’s sovereign wealth fund, said uncertainty may dominate but the fund’s long-term time horizon gives it the ability to ride out the gut-churning drops and equally fast rises.

“It will take a long time for governments in both Europe and the U.S. to consolidate their balance sheets. I think there will be probably uncertainty about that consolidation process which will give in to market volatility. That is something we are prepared for and can live with,” he said in a recent interview. “It could last a long time,” he added, referring to how governments will handle the aftershock effects of the financial crisis and how that has affected their accumulation of government debt.

On June 7, European Union finance ministers reached an agreement on the details for a 750 billion euro financial safety net for bloc members struggling to convince markets they can deal with high budget deficits and debt. Skancke said the three to five year time frame governments are giving themselves to cleaning up their balances sheets is a signal for continued uncertainty.”

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Egyptian Parliament Passes Draft Law on Misr Fund

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Egypt’s state news agency revealed the country is forming a sovereign wealth fund with initial capital of 5 billion Egyptian pounds, with 1 billion Egyptian pounds of that amount being immediately transferred from the Egyptian public treasury. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Capital Constellation Backs Middle Market PE Platform

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Capital Constellation is the investment platform owned by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC), RPMI Railpen, and Wafra Inc. on behalf of the Public Institution for Social Security of Kuwait (PIFSS). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Canadian Pension Giants Could Support Trans Mountain Pipeline Deal

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The British Columbian (B.C.) government and indigenous groups publicly oppose the Trans Mountain Pipeline project over a number of issues, which include environmental concerns (potential pipeline spills) and land protections. The threat of project derailment sent jitters to Houston-based Kinder Morgan, Inc., requiring the company to halt non-essential spending on Trans Mountain Pipeline L.P. Calgary-based Kinder Morgan Canada Limited, which owns the pipeline, is a listed company that is 70% owned by Kinder Morgan and 30% owned by stock market investors (float). Kinder Morgan Canada hired TD Securities to explore options regarding the future of the pipeline.

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