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SWFI First Read, January 11, 2018

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South Korea Preps Ban for Cryptocurrency Trading, Still Needs Majority Vote

South Korea Justice Minister Park Sang-ki revealed the government was forming a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading. The country’s police and tax officials raided local exchanges over charges of alleged tax evasion. The bill requires a majority vote in Korea’s National Assembly.

Segall Bryant & Hamill Acquires Denver Investments

Chicago-based Segall Bryant & Hamill, LLC signed a deal to buy Denver Investments, an employee-owned investment firm founded in 1958. Denver Investments is the advisor for the Westcore Funds. RBC Capital Markets served as exclusive financial advisor to Denver Investments. Goodwin Proctor is acting as legal counsel to Segall Bryant & Hamill. Morgan Lewis is acting as legal counsel to Denver Investments.

Bank of Japan Cuts Back on Long-Date JGB Purchases

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) revealed its decision to cut back on its long-dated government bond purchases. On January 9, 2018, BOJ announced it would lower its buying of Japan government bonds (JGB) with maturities of 10–25 years to 190 billion JPY. BOJ is essentially cutting its purchases of JGBs within 10-25 years and those maturing in 25-40 years by 10 billion JPY each.

HSBC Nabs Nabi for Blockchain Expertise

Jason J. Nabi was hired by HSBC Securities Services as head of innovation. Nabi is an expert in blockchain technology. He is a member of the Post-Trade Distributed Ledger Working Group. Before this role at HSBC, he was Global Head of Business Development and Head of EMEA at Paxos, a financial technology company developing blockchain solutions for companies.

BVK Acquires Portfolio of Micro Housing Projects in Europe

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Follow the Money – Episode 45

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This longer-than-normal episode covers a wide range of issues including such as sovereign wealth funds, bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, Indian real estate, ESG, investment exclusions, central banking and more.

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The views in this media are expressed by Michael Maduell and other participants and are not reflective of the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI).

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CalPERS Board Elects Priya Mathur as Board President

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The board of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) elected Priya Mathur as board president. The current president Rob Feckner was named vice president of the board. Feckner previously served as board president and vice president.

Priya Mathur is serving her fourth term on the CalPERS Board of Administration. Mathur is a principal financial analyst for Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). Mathur represents public employees on the CalPERS Board, which she joined in 2002. She currently serves on four committees: Governance, Investment, Pension & Health Benefits, and Risk & Audit. She chairs the Pension & Health Benefits Committee and is vice chair of the Governance Committee.

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Oman SGRF Contemplates $1 Billion Infrastructure Fund

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Oman’s State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) is in discussions on forming a US$ 1 billion infrastructure fund. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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