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SWFI First Read, July 5, 2016

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Standard Life Investments Suspends Trading in UK Property Fund

U.K. property funds are facing redemption risks, potentially creating a spiral downward on property portfolios. Effective immediately, Standard Life Investments (SLI) suspended trading on July 5th on its £2.9 billion U.K. Real Estate fund. The fund targets U.K. real estate in areas such as warehouses, offices and shopping centers. The last time Standard Life Investments prevented investors from pulling their money out of the fund was during the global financial crisis. Standard Life Investments cites “exceptional market circumstances” following a slew of redemption requests.

“The suspension was requested to protect the interests of all investors in the fund,” SLI said in a statement.

China’s Ping An RE Allocates Capital Toward Japanese Logistics

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China Helps Pakistan’s Foreign Reserves

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Despite Pakistan witnessing an increase in exports, the rapid increase in crude prices and lackluster financial inflows, have affected the country’s balance of payments position. Trying to avoid a full-scale currency crisis, Pakistan is also dealing with a fiscal budget deficit and a current account deficit. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Russia-Japan Investment Fund to Back Wood Pellet Production in Russia

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The Russian Far East has a lot of timber, and for that wood pellets is a source of biofuel. A while back, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) formed the Russia-Japan Investment Fund (RJIF) with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). RDIF and JBICIG Partners as part of RJIF, together with RFP Group and Japan’s Prospect Co., Ltd. have agreed to collaborate and consider potential investments in Russia’s biofuel industry. JBICIG Partners is a subsidiary of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

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RDIF Lures Asian Investors Toward Russian Surgical Robot Project

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is partnering with a number of unnamed Asian co-investors to allocate capital toward a project to create and manufacture Russian surgical robots. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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