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S&P Dow Jones Indices Launch Smart Beta ESG Index

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Environmental, social and governance (ESG) and factor-based investing are two themes gaining traction among institutional investors. Pension investors like APG incorporate ESG into its investment criteria and process. On March 30th, S&P Dow Jones Indices launched a smart beta ESG index. The DJSI Ethical Europe Low Volatility Index combines two investment themes into a singular index. The DJSI Ethical Europe Low Volatility Index will measure the performance of the 50 least volatile stocks within the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index. The index will exclude alcohol, tobacco, gambling, armaments and firearms and the Adult Entertainment Index.

Sovereign wealth funds like the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) are prohibited from investing in alcohol and gambling stocks, and given the interest in factor-based investing, it could attract both Gulf sovereign funds and Dutch pensions. Furthermore, sovereign funds like the New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZSF) believe ESG factors are material in achieving large investment returns – according to reports.

S&P Dow Jones Indices has licensed the index to Commerzbank AG.

Mauritius Aims to Sell Citizenship and Passports to Bolster National Wealth Fund

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The island country of Mauritius plans to offer foreigners a chance to obtain country citizenship in exchange for a non-refundable contribution of US$ 1 million to the national sovereign wealth fund. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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CapitaLand Aims to be a Real Estate Funding Machine

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CapitaLand Investment Management, a real estate investment management arm of Singapore-based CapitaLand, hired Caleb Shen as managing director for fund management. CapitaLand is keen on growing its real estate fund management business. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Treasurer Perrottet Reveals the NSW Generations Fund

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New South Wales wants its own Future Fund.

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