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Sovereign Funds Increase U.S. Investment Activity in 2015

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Source: Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database

Source: Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database

Over the past ten years, high oil prices have filled the coffers of Gulf sovereign wealth funds like the Kuwait Investment Authority and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). Times have changed. With today’s low global oil prices, wealth funds have shifted investment strategies, placing a focus on developed markets like the United States. Sovereign wealth funds have more than doubled direct investments in the United States in the first half of 2015 compared to the first half of 2014. Direct investments by institutional investors is typically a strong sign of confidence for that particular country. According to the Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database (SWFTD), which tracks direct sovereign fund and pension transactions, wealth funds invested US$ 8.5 billion directly into the United States in the first half of 2015.

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SWFI First Read, September 19, 2018

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QIA Eyes Investment in Chinese Lender Lufax

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) is in talks about a possible investment into Shanghai-based Lufax, one of China’s largest online lenders. The seller of the possible stake is China’s Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. Ltd. Lufax’s official name is Shanghai Lujiazui International Financial Asset Exchange Co. Ltd.

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Japanese Government Capital Provides Initial Life for Texas Bullet Train

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Dallas-based Texas Central Partners, LLC is the developer of a proposed high-speed rail system, dubbed the Texas Bullet Train, between Dallas and Houston. Project costs are estimated between US$ 12 billion to US$ 15 billion. The developer secured US$ 300 million in project loans from Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development (JOIN) and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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DOJ Investing Tesla Over Musk Comments

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is conducting a fraud investigation over Tesla as its CEO Elon Musk made public statements on twitter. This is a criminal probe. In addition, earlier, SWFI reported the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is conducting a civil inquiry into Elon Musk regarding his statements.

This all surrounds Musk tweeting in August that he was thinking of taking Tesla private and had “funding secured” for the transaction. Both government authorities are seeing if Musk misled investors and violated federal securities laws with his public statements.

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