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SWFI First Read, February 4, 2016

QIC Chief Investment Officer Resigns

Adriaan Ryder, the chief investment officer of Brisbane-based QIC, has resigned to accept an investment executive position at a large Middle Eastern investment organization. Ryder performed a number of executive roles at QIC. He has been instrumental in forming an investment network of pensions and sovereign funds for QIC. Ryder’s roles and responsibilities are being delegated to a number of QIC executives over the coming weeks.

Middle East SWF Contributes More to Prologis China Logistics Venture

HIP China Logistics Investments Ltd., a sovereign wealth enterprise of the Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC), kicked in US$ 882 million more dollars toward its joint venture with Prologis Inc. called Prologis China Logistics Venture. Prologis kicked in US$ 132 million, bringing the total additional contribution to be US$ 882 million. The joint venture fund started in 2011 with ADIC contributing 85% of equity and Prologis contributing 15% of the equity.

Temasek Looks to Profit as Cisco Buys Jasper Technologies for $1.4 Billion

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Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew Joins Lindsay Goldberg

New York-based buyout firm Lindsay Goldberg LLC has announced that Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will join the company as a partner focusing on investments across sectors, institutional relationships, and firm management, according to an announcement released on Monday, November 20. Lindsay Goldberg is a private equity firm co-founded by Alan E. Goldberg and Robert D. Lindsey, both veterans of Morgan Stanley in which they worked in the Transaction Development Group.

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San Diego City Employees Retirement System to Reduce PE and Infrastructure for FY 2018

The San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System plans to reduce annual commitments to private equity and infrastructure down to US$ 75 million for fiscal year 2018. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Institutional Investors Remain Skeptical as Bitcoin Continues to Rise

Bitcoin has continued to rally over the past month – hitting a record US$ 8,224 in the early hours of November 20 – and institutional investors are beginning to take notice of the cryptocurrency’s increasing popularity. With a market value of more than US$ 130 billion, the digital currency has seen unprecedented growth of over 700% over the past year. But Bitcoin’s rise has also been marked by a number of volatile slumps, leaving institutional investors divided over its durability as a long-term store of value and wondering whether to get in on the action. Despite these headwinds, more than 100 hedge funds have been formed to trade in digital currencies.

Split Consensus on Wall Street

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