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SOFAZ Buys Physical Gold

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Sovereign investors view gold as a store of value, an alternative currency to dollars, yen, and euros. Sovereign funds in the Middle East feel that Western nations have excessive fiscal debt, which leads to quantitative easing to make it easier to service debts.

Azerbaijan’s State Oil Fund (SOFAZ) is diversifying their portfolio by planning to have 7.5 tons of gold reserves by the end of 2012. Overall, SOFAZ would like to accumulate up to 30 tons of gold over the next two years. According to reported statistics from SOFAZ, gold holdings amounted to 6.847 tons as of July 1, 2012.

SOFAZ’s gold is planned on being stored in Azerbaijan’s central bank.

SOFAZ can invest in gold bars that conform to the requirements of the London Bullion Market Association. Up to 5% of their portfolio can be allocated to gold.

Belgium AG: Gaddafi’s Billions in Belgium Disappear

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Georges Gilkinet is the attorney general of Belgium and a Green member of Belgian parliament. In late October, the attorney general revealed the status of a widespread investigation into the disappearance of billions of Euros, some € 5 billion, from the accounts of Muammar Gaddafi in Belgian banks. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Now GE Really Needs Sovereign Wealth Money

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General Electric (GE) used to be a giant, being involved in media and having a massive financial arm called GE Capital. The new GE is small and timid and could possibly use a strategic financial partner to become great again. Can GE find a sovereign wealth fund partner? Will Mubadala Investment Company come back to the table? Gone are the days of Jack Welch. The current GE strategy is to sell, sell, and sell, while doing the tango with US$ 115 billion in debts. In other words, the blind is following the blind, as a possible death spiral could be in GE’s future.

With a quarterly dividend at a paltry one cent, GE, the company that brings good things to life has slipped to its lowest level since 2009. GE indicated that cutting its dividend to US$ 0.01 per share will save the company US$ 3.9 billion per year. Meanwhile, third quarter revenue missed Wall Street’s expectations. Revenue came in at US$ 29.57 million, which was less than the US$ 29.92 million analysts anticipated. Earnings per share also fell US$ 0.06 short of expectations.

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McDonnell Investment Management to Integrate into Loomis Sayles

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McDonnell Investment Management, LLC is being integrated into Loomis Sayles & Company, L.P. by the early part of 2019. Both asset managers are affiliates of Natixis Investment Managers. The cost saving measure will enable McDonnell clients opportunities to Loomis Sayles’ resources and operational capabilities. McDonnell Investment Management manages US$ 11.7 billion in assets at September 30, 2018. The municipal business assets under management is about US$ 6.9 billion.

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