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S&P Dow Jones Indices Adds to Factor-Based Offering

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Index provider S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC publicly launched the S&P Japan 500 GIVI Index, providing institutional investors access to multi-factor measures mixing intrinsic value with low volatility. GIVI stands for Global Intrinsic Value Index. Smart beta or factor-based strategies are gaining traction among large Asian institutional investors. In 2014, Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the largest public pension fund in world by assets under management, adopted S&P GIVI Japan Index as one of their performance benchmarks. The once plush business model of stock pickers is under attack from factor-based strategies. Nearly all the major investment managers, such as State Street Global Advisors, Northern Trust, BlackRock, have created products for these beta-like strategies.


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Saudi Aramco and PIF See Opportunities in Russia

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Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is currently exploring opportunities within Russia. PIF is working with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) on a number of fronts. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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HNA Group Aims to Shrink and Sell

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Chinese conglomerate HNA Group is on a selling spree due to an order from the government in Beijing to scale back on debt. HNA Group joins Anbang Insurance Group and Dalian Wanda Group in deleveraging from global assets, particularly in hotels and real estate. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Central Bank of Hungary Buys Mounds of Gold

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In October, the Central Bank of Hungary (MNB) boosted its gold reserves by 10 times, from 3.1 tons to 31.5 tons. This was revealed on October 16, 2018. The gold acquired by the central bank in October has a holding value of US$ 1.24 billion.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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