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SAFE Releases China’s International Investment Position for Year-End 2010

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The press release states, “The SAFE recently released China’s International Investment Position for year-end 2010.

The statistics reveal that at the end of 2011 China’s external financial assets reached USD4126 billion, up 19 percent over that at the end of 2009; external financial liabilities reached USD2335.4 billion, up 20 percent over that at the end of 2009; and external financial net assets reached USD1790.7 billion, up 19 percent over that at the end of 2009.

Among the external financial assets, direct investments abroad totaled USD310.8 billion, portfolio investments totaled USD257.1 billion, other investments totaled USD643.9 billion, and reserves assets totaled USD2914.2 billion, accounting for 7 percent, 6 percent, 16 percent, and 71 percent respectively of the external financial assets. In terms of external financial liabilities, foreign direct investments totaled USD1476.4 billion, portfolio investments totaled USD221.6 billion, and other investments totaled USD637.3 billion, accounting for 63 percent, 10 percent, and 27 percent respectively of external financial liabilities.

The International Investment Position (hereinafter referred to as the IIP) is a statistical statement reflecting the stocks of financial assets and liabilities of one country or region to other countries or regions in the world at one specific point; together with the Balance of Payments Statement (BOP Statement) it constitutes the complete international accounts system, indicating the trade flows of the country or region.

The SAFE revised its IIP for year-end 2009 according to the latest data.”

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Norway SWF Votes Down Paris Climate Targets at Shell Shareholder Meeting

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Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which oversees Norway Government Pension Fund Global, voted down a proposal put forward by some investors at Royal Dutch Shell’s annual general meeting calling on the company to set emissions targets in line with the Paris climate accords of 2015. The challenge was shot down by 94.5% of Shell shareholders at Tuesday’s proceedings. Its defeat was followed by a statement from the oil giant calling the resolution “unnecessary” in light of the firm’s plans revealed in November to halve its carbon footprint by 2050. Some investors believe Shell would be in a better position to set their own goals on addressing issues like climate change.

The US$ 1.1 trillion sovereign wealth fund – which is itself reliant on cash-streams from Norway’s hydrocarbon stores – announced last July it would be asking the banks in which it invests nearly a quarter of its equity assets to disclose how their lending contributes to greenhouse emissions, and is currently considering whether to drop its exposures in oil and gas companies constituting roughly 6% of its overall portfolio ahead of a parliamentary vote on the proposed policy change later this year.

The climate change motion was featured by 60 long-term institutional investors representing more than US$ 10 trillion in assets – including HSBC, BNP Paribas, Fidelity, Swedish buffer fund AP7, France’s ERAFP, and the United Kingdom’s National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) – in an open letter published during the week of May 16th by The Financial Times urging fossil fuel companies to “clarify how they see their future in a low-carbon world,” without going so far as to openly support its approval.

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PSP Investments Finished Deal on Equity Stakes in AEA and AELO in Portugal

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On May 11, 2018, ROADIS, which is owned by PSP Investments, finalized the purchase of equity interests in Portugal´s Auto Estradas do Atlantico (AEA) for 50% ownership and Auto Estradas do Litoral Oeste (AELO) for 60% ownership from MSF Group (Moniz da Maia, Serra & Fortunato, Empreiteiros) and Lena Group (known locally as Grupo Lena). This is ROADIS’ first investment into Portugal.

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USS Backs Rental Housing Platform Managed by PfP Capital

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The £60 billion Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is providing the majority of the funding toward a joint venture to invest in the U.K. private rented sector.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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