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Sovereign Investors Grasp the Real Asset Investment Paradigm

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Should sovereign investors fear unsustainable fiscal deficits, or should they accept the reality and search for other assets, higher yield, more risk? Let’s take a step back, the U.S. credit rating was downgraded to AA+ by Standard and Poors, the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet has massively expanded since late 2007, the price of gold endures increases since the 2000s, and the U.S. fiscal deficit is ballooning. The massive growth of a central bank’s balance sheet is daunting and occurring not just in America. The expansion of issuing short term debt by a government or monetary authority will have a profound impact on money markets. In fact, politicians on Capitol Hill are trying to regulate money market funds with new rules.

In addition, to make matters more complicated the world population continues to grow at a fast pace, global productivity has stymied, and natural resource prices remain in appreciation mode. Sovereign investors are riding secular trends; this is why we see increased interest in real assets.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

Capital Constellation Backs Middle Market PE Platform

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Capital Constellation is the investment platform owned by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC), RPMI Railpen, and Wafra Inc. on behalf of the Public Institution for Social Security of Kuwait (PIFSS). [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Canadian Pension Giants Could Support Trans Mountain Pipeline Deal

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The British Columbian (B.C.) government and indigenous groups publicly oppose the Trans Mountain Pipeline project over a number of issues, which include environmental concerns (potential pipeline spills) and land protections. The threat of project derailment sent jitters to Houston-based Kinder Morgan, Inc., requiring the company to halt non-essential spending on Trans Mountain Pipeline L.P. Calgary-based Kinder Morgan Canada Limited, which owns the pipeline, is a listed company that is 70% owned by Kinder Morgan and 30% owned by stock market investors (float). Kinder Morgan Canada hired TD Securities to explore options regarding the future of the pipeline.

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Goldman Sachs Poised to Name David Solomon as New CEO

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Goldman Sachs is poised to name David M. Solomon, the firm’s president, as its new CEO, replacing Lloyd C. Blankfein. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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