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SNB Governor Rejects Idea of Swiss Sovereign Wealth Fund

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Swiss National Bank Governor Thomas Jordan flatly rejected the idea of having a Swiss sovereign wealth fund to manage the central bank’s foreign reserves. He believes it would do little to assist Swiss monetary policy let alone the country.

The Swiss National Bank diversifies its foreign currency reserves in a variety of assets including government bonds with high credit ratings, private sector borrowers (bonds), and equity shares. In fact, equity shares compose up to 10% of total foreign currency investments.

The SNB Governor went into detail that the creation of a sovereign fund would not assist in enforcing the minimum exchange rate. Creating a sovereign wealth fund for Switzerland in Thomas Jordan’s opinion would not reduce the country’s exchange rate risk on foreign currency reserve investments.

From a speech he gave, “Third, outsourcing the foreign exchange to a sovereign wealth fund would call into question the independence of monetary policy and the SNB, as well as the freedom of action for monetary policy. The size and composition of the SNB’s balance sheet are a reflection of monetary policy. The SNB must also be in a position to dispose of the assets it has purchased and determine the composition of its balance sheet as required. Only in this way can it conduct an independent and target-oriented monetary policy.”

Saudi and Other Gulf Country Bonds to Join JPMorgan Emerging Market Bond Index

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In a boost for Gulf-based debt, JPMorgan is adding their debt compositions to two influential emerging market bond indexes. These emerging market indexes are the most widely tracked among asset managers in the industry. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar are being added to the J.P. Morgan EMBI Global Diversified Index and the EMBI Global, starting January 31, 2019. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Central Bank of Nigeria Reveals Plan for New National Micro-Finance Bank

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has announced plans for a new national micro-finance bank. The proposed bank will promote small and medium enterprises.

CBN’s governor, Godwin Emefiele, noted that the bank will partner with the Bankers Committee, the Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, and the Nigerian Postal Service. Emefiele laid out the vision for the bank in his remarks in Abuja: “The bank will serve as an efficient channel for the disbursement and monitoring of key intervention funds by the CBN.” Nigeria’s micro-finance bank will be focused on meeting financial inclusion targets, promoting financial stability within the country, and fostering widespread economic growth.

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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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