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Sovereign Wealth Funds Poised to Reach $7 Trillion by 2015

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sovereign wealth fund assetsAs of November 2014, sovereign wealth fund assets totaled US$ 6.977 trillion compared to US$ 6.106 trillion in December 2013. This nearly US$ 900 billion increase can be attributed by improvements in investment returns and capital flows into sovereign wealth fund vehicles. In December 2007, sovereign wealth fund assets amounted to US$ 3.259 trillion. This unprecedented growth in public assets is having tremendous influence toward policymaking, economic stability, investment banking and asset management.

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By taking an average quarterly SWF asset growth figure from (December 2010 to September 2014) which equates to 3.16%, by December 2016, sovereign wealth funds could reach US$ 9 trillion in assets. Tweaking it to 5% quarterly growth in assets, by December 2016, sovereign wealth fund assets would be at US$ 10.3 trillion.

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In addition, the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, funds above US$ 100 billion, are the most active in making direct investments. Some of the world’s biggest sovereign wealth funds are the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global and the China Investment Corporation. According to data from the Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, sovereign wealth funds in total invested US$ 17.5 billion for the 1st 3 quarters of 2014 compared to US$ 12.95 billion for the 1st 3 quarters of 2013 in direct real estate.

PSP Investments and Blue Sky Alternative Investments End Strategic Partnership Agreement

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Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited informed Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) that it agreed to terminate its strategic agreement effective March 31, 2019. In December 2017, Blue Sky Alternative Investments forged an agreement with PSP Investments to assist in committing capital in a number of agricultural investments.

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Yield-Hungry Korean Insurance Capital Backs TSX Broadway

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Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd., the Seoul-based investment banking firm, has provided a US$ 375 million loan for a redevelopment in New York’s Times Square. It joins L & L Holding Company, Maefield Development, and Fortress Investment Group who are bringing the development known as TSX Broadway to life. The building is at 1568 Broadway in Manhattan. TSX Broadway, a US$ 2.5 billion project when all equity financing is added in, will allow for renovations and expansion of the 46-storey building. An LED screen, which is not an uncommon sight in the Big Apple, will wrap around the corner of the tower. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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OFFICIALS: Saudi Crown Prince Denies Interest in Acquiring Manchester United

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The Saudi Arabian government dispelled rumors that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will acquire football club Manchester United. However, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) had talks regarding sponsorship with the football club. Manchester United signed a partnership deal with Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority in 2017.

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