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SURVEY: More Listed Companies Are Engaging with Sovereign Funds

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BNY Mellon Manhattan According to BNY Mellon’s global investor relations survey, Global Trends in Investor Relations, listed companies are continuing to increase their outreach with sovereign wealth funds. 65% of the survey’s respondents have engaged with sovereign wealth funds over the past year, up from 57% in 2013. Sovereign wealth funds are perceived to be long-term, intergenerational institutional investors. More importantly, wealth funds can be viewed as strategic sources of patient capital. According to the survey, Norges Bank Investment Management (42%), Singapore’s GIC Private Limited (38%), and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (30%) remain the top three sovereign funds engaged with by global companies.

To view the survey: Global Trends in Investor Relations 2015

“Global firms continue to expand and enhance their engagement with current shareholders, but we’ve seen an interesting shift,” said Christopher M. Kearns, CEO of BNY Mellon’s Depositary Receipts business in a press release. “Responses indicate that after a post-crisis period focused almost solely on investors amid intense competition for capital, companies now are devoting more time to other IR activities, such as board member involvement, enhancing senior managers’ visibility, and improving relationships with analysts.”

Youtube is Crashing

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Youtube, a video service of Google, is crashing. Institutional investors are major investors in Alphabet, the parent company of Google.

At 6:41 PM on October 16, 2018, Team YouTube tweeted, “Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues. We’re working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.”

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Investors Eye Tencent’s Next Moves

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Formed in Shenzhen in 1998, Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Limited is the largest gaming company in the world and the largest gaming market is in China. In August 2018, China’s Education Ministry disclosed its monitoring how many new games are coming online. Tencent needs approval from the Chinese government to publish games. In 2017, almost 9,000 games were approved in China compared to only 1,931 in 2018. Chinese President Xi Jinping is keen on combating shortsightedness in children from the overuse of video games.

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Tencent will inject US$ $317.6 million into Chinese streaming site Bilibili in return for 12.3 % equity in the company. Bilibili is a video sharing site known for streaming anime, comics, and games. Tencent’s investment follows previous funding rounds from Tiger Global Management, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, BlackRock, and Alkeon Capital Management. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Ireland Strategic Investment Fund Signs MoU with IFC

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The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will initially focus on investment opportunities in the food and agriculture sector, given its strength and importance for the Irish economy. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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