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SWFI First Read, January 20, 2017

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Trump to Inherit Nearly $20 Trillion in Public Debt

U.S. public debt outstanding at the end of Barack Obama’s term has ended at US$ 19,961,467,137,973.64, according to the U.S. Treasury. The amount is just shy of US$ 20 trillion. When Obama won election in 2009, the U.S. public debt outstanding stood at US$ 10,626,877,048,913.08.

Dallas CFO Issues Warning on Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund

Elizabeth Reich, the chief financial officer of the city of Dallas, issued a warning to city council members. The warning is regarding the troubled Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund. She projected the fund could run out of cash in five to seven years – not the 10 years as initially projected.

Vostok Emerging Finance Leads Investment Round in Turkish Fintech Startup Iyzico

Istanbul-based Iyzico, a financial technology startup focused on payments, raised US$ 13 million in a Series C round. Leading the round was Vostok Emerging Finance. Other investors in the round were the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and 212. Vostok Emerging Finance kicked in US$ 9 million in the round. 212 is a Turkish venture capital firm.

Brazilian Supreme Court Judge Overseeing Brazilian Corruption Cases Dies in Plane Crash

Brazilian Supreme Court judge Teori Albino Zavascki died in an airplane crash roughly 160 miles south of Rio de Janeiro. The plane crashed into the sea in heavy rain. Zavascki was overseeing the infamous “Operation Car Wash” case, a massive corruption investigation involving Brazilian politicians and Petrobras. In addition, Zavascki had been investigating executives from Odebrecht.

BVK Allocates to Volatility Risk Premium Fund

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NZ Super Names Three New Board Members

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New appointments have been made to the Board of the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation Fund (NZ Super). The appointments were made on July 19, 2018. The three new board members are Catherine Drayton, Simon Botherway and Henk Berkman.

According to the NZ Super press release, “Simon Botherway’s appointment runs from 1 August 2018 to 30 September 2021. He is a professional director with a history in investment, investment regulation and supervision. Other board roles have included his current position as Chair of Serko, a director on Callaghan Innovation and previously being the Chair of the FMA Establishment Board and a member of the Securities Commission.

Henk Berkman will serve from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2022. He has been Professor of Finance, Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Auckland since 2008. Mr Berkman has held previous professorial positions at Massey University, University of Sydney and the University of Maastricht.

Catherine Drayton will serve from 1 November 2018 until 30 September 2022. She is a Christchurch-based director who previously led the Assurance and Advisory Practice for PwC in Central Eastern Europe. Her public sector governance experience includes her current role as Chair of Christchurch International Airport and as a member of the University of Canterbury Council. Her experience as a Director of Ngai Tahu Holdings has provided her with iwi governance experience.”

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AIMCo Names Former Talisman Energy Executive to Board

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The Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) appointed Jacqueline (Jackie) Sheppard as a member of the board of directors for a term set to expire on June 30, 2021. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Grant & Eisenhofer Reveals Fortis Investors to Receive $1.5 Billion in Mega Settlement

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Law firm Grant & Eisenhofer won a landmark case for its clients after a seven-year legal duel in Dutch courts. On July 13, 2018, the Amsterdam Court of Appeals officially approved the largest securities settlement ever reached in Europe, paving a path for international insurance company Ageas N.V./S.A. to begin payment of US$ 1.5 billion (€1.3 billion) to multiple groups of institutional and individual investors from Europe and the United States. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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