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Reflection on Angola’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Investment Policy

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Jose Filomeno de Sousa dos Santos

Jose Filomeno de Sousa dos Santos

Angola’s US$ 5 billion Fundo Soberano de Angola (FSDEA) has released their investment policy. The sovereign fund’s asset allocation mix will support three criteria: preservation of capital, long-term return maximization and infrastructure development. The fifty percent allocation to cash, fixed income and G-7 stocks is modeled after the first criterion. The other 50% is open-ended with an opportunistic lens including investing domestically in Angolan prospects like the hotel industry. The sovereign fund has endowment-like characteristics to it, as well as a stabilization function.

The Fundo Soberano de Angola is expected to grow quickly.

To be clear in 2013, the government of Angola has already allocated substantial increases in public spending through Angola’s fiscal budget. The gradual recovery of Angola’s oil sector has improved public finances. In addition, Angola has been able to taper inflation down to single digits, while the country’s reserves amass. Growth in international reserves, especially in periods of high-oil revenues, can be used to maintain steady public spending when oil revenues eventually drop.

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Mergermarket Gets Ready to be Sold

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Private equity firm BC Partners hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to advise on the sales of Acuris. Acuris is a collection of financial news and data sites, which includes Mergermarket, Dealreporter, and Debtwire. In 2017, BC Partners sold around a 30% stake in GIC Private Limited.

Before the rebranding to Acuris, Mergermarket was part of The Financial Times Group until 2013 when it was sold off to BC Partners.

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Why Japan Post Sees Promise in Aflac

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Aflac Inc. is an American insurance company founded in 1955. The company is the biggest provider of supplemental insurance in the United States. Aflac also has major operations in Japan.

In December 2018, Japan Post Holdings (JPHLF) signaled it was spending US$ 2.64 billion for a 7-8 % stake in Aflac. The goal is that, in four years time, Aflac will become an affiliate of Japan Post. Japan Post hopes to accomplish this by becoming the largest voting shareholder of the company. The world’s 13th largest company, with 400,000 employees, Japan Post needs to expand to chase further growth, mainly because Japan Post expects the postal business to decline. Diversification is seen as the optimal route to long term stability for the holding company. Japan’s economy is worrying. Japan’s aging population means that many insurance companies are facing a shrinking customer base, Japan Post settled on a plan to expand overseas.

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RDIF and Development Agency of Serbia Agree to Explore Joint Investments

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the Development Agency of Serbia, also known as Razvojna agencija Srbije, reached an agreement to work together to identify attractive investment projects to strengthen bilateral economic ties and increase investment flows between Russia and Serbia. Russian capital and businesses are keen on investing in Serbia.

In addition, the two countries signed an agreement to cooperate on civil nuclear energy, according to state-owned Russian reactor builder Rosatom (Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation). Rosatom continues to expand it business of nuclear cooperation deals in a wide number of countries.

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