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REVEALED: Sustained Low Oil Prices May Prompt Larger Sovereign Fund Selloff

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Over the past two decades, sovereign wealth funds, once obscure state funds, have moved closer to center stage as a prominent institutional investor class in terms of assets under management, investor style and asset diversification. In total, wealth funds have amassed more than US$ 7 trillion in assets, having less than a trillion before June 2001. These assets are reflected in many forms of investments such as Treasuries to public stock holdings, real estate and all the way down to life insurance policies. The rapid climb of sovereign wealth assets was stimulated by high oil prices, positive investment returns, quantitative easing policies and excess current account surpluses.

Two years ago, the cracks started to appear. Sovereign investors were confident in their ability to invest and acquire large illiquid assets.

REVEALED: According to SWFI research, in effect, about US$ 213.37 billion worth of listed equities were sold or exited by sovereign funds during the 2015 year.

This brief report will discuss, past, current and forecasted flows of listed equities in regard to the sovereign wealth fund universe. If oil prices remain the same, how much will sovereign wealth funds selloff?

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ADIA Seeks to Sell KIC Headquarters

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The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) is seeking to sell the building that houses the headquarters of the Korea Investment Corporation (KIC). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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BMO and OTPP Test Blockchain Canadian Dollar Debt Deal

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The Bank of Montreal (BMO) and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP) participated in a landmark blockchain Canadian-dollar debt transaction. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Just Group Acquires Corinthian Pension Consulting

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Just Group plc acquired a 75% ownership stake in the holding company of Corinthian Pension Consulting Limited (Corinthian Pension Consulting). Operating in the institutional world for over 12 years, Corinthian Pension Consulting provides advisory services to defined-benefit pension scheme trustees and scheme sponsors undertaking bulk scheme exercises. The remaining 25% will be retained by current shareholders of Corinthian Pension Consulting. Robert MacGregor will continue to lead Corinthian Pension Consulting, as its Chief Executive Officer. Furthermore, Corinthian Benefits Consulting Limited and Corinthian Affinity Solutions Limited will continue to operate as before, becoming part of a newly formed holding company, Corinthian Group Holdings Limited.

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