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Sovereign Funds Vs. Asset Managers: The Big Picture

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A number of asset managers who focus on institutional investors such as commodity-based sovereign wealth funds have been ravaged with redemptions. The rapid descent of oil prices flummoxed wealth fund chiefs. In response to the oil glut, the money management spigot for investment managers running listed equity strategies has slowed. Furthermore, Middle Eastern sovereign funds have been dumping some hedge funds (some shuttered operations), while Canadian asset giants shift more focus toward private credit, real estate and infrastructure investments. However, for some cash-rich sovereign wealth funds like the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), the sustained low price of oil has a negligible effect on their real estate investment activities.

Even the large investment houses like State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) have taken a hit. SSgA reported assets under management of US$ 2.245 trillion as of December 2015. The investment company experienced outflows of US$ 151 billion in 2015, a fall of 8.3% in assets under management. On an earnings conference call, State Street Chief Executive Jay Hooley said, “Institutional net outflows (in 2015) were primarily driven by client asset allocation shifts and redemptions by a client that is in-sourcing their business.”

Hooley explained SSgA lost US$ 35 billion at the end of 2015 from a large sub-advisory client, but said the revenue associated with the client was not significant. More asset owners, especially large entities, are managing passive investments and smart beta strategies in-house.

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Grant & Eisenhofer Reveals Fortis Investors to Receive $1.5 Billion in Mega Settlement

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Law firm Grant & Eisenhofer won a landmark case for its clients after a seven-year legal duel in Dutch courts. On July 13, 2018, the Amsterdam Court of Appeals officially approved the largest securities settlement ever reached in Europe, paving a path for international insurance company Ageas N.V./S.A. to begin payment of US$ 1.5 billion (€1.3 billion) to multiple groups of institutional and individual investors from Europe and the United States. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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State Street to Buy Charles River Systems

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State Street Corporation inked a deal to acquire Charles River Systems, Inc. (Charles River Development), a provider of investment management front office tools and solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, State Street will purchase Burlington, Massachusetts-based Charles River Development in an all-cash transaction for US$ 2.6 billion. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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FINMA Announces Rothschild Bank Broke Anti-Money Laundering Rules over 1MDB Fiasco

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The Rothschild Bank AG and one of its units called Rothschild Trust (Schweiz) AG got slapped with serious violations of anti-money laundering in regard to the 1MDB scandal. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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