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SWFI First Read, October 9, 2016



China’s Foreign Exchange Reserves Fall to US$ 3.17 Trillion in September 2016

China’s foreign exchange reserves fell to US$ 3.17 trillion in September 2016, according to the People’s Bank of China. There is speculation that China’s central bank has been selling U.S. dollar to support its currency.

Altus Power Raises Over US$ 200 Million in Capital

Greenwich, Connecticut-based Altus Power America Inc., a solar power developer, raised more than US$ 200 million from Global Atlantic Financial Group, Goldman Sachs (Alternative Energy Investing group) and FS Investments (an entity that is sub-advised by GSO Capital Partners). Global Atlantic Financial Group was founded in 2004 by Goldman Sachs, but separated as an independent company in 2013. FS Investments was founded in 2007 as Franklin Square Capital Partners.

In 2014, Altus Power America raised US$ 150 million from RGS Energy.

Noble Group Sells U.S. Energy Unit to Calpine Corporation

Commodity trader Noble Group Ltd. sold its U.S. energy unit, Noble Americas Energy Solutions, to Calpine Corporation for US$ 800 million plus working capital which is estimated at US$ 248 million. One of Noble Group’s key backers is the China Investment Corporation (CIC). The transaction is expected to close in December 2016.

Deutsche Bank Could List its Asset Management Arm

The Financial Times reported, citing unnamed sources, that Deutsche Bank in a bid to improve its capital structure may sell off its asset management division by listing it publicly.

CCLA Investment Management Sells Eastcheap Property to Private ME Investor

CCLA Investment Management, on behalf of The COIF Charities Property Fund, has sold the freehold interest in 10- 12 Eastcheap, EC3, to private Middle Eastern clients of Knight Frank. The London property was sold for £25.7 million. BNP Paribas Real Estate advised CCLA; Knight Frank advised the purchaser.

Texas ERS Targets $80 Million to Global Macro Fund

Texas Employees’ Retirement System, based in Austin, invested US$ 80 million in the Complus Asia Macro Fund, managed by Complus Asset Management.

Carlyle Group Completes Deal on 19.9 Percent Stake in Fortitude Re



More private equity firms are scooping up reinsurance assets. The Carlyle Group finalized its acquisition of a 19.9% stake in Fortitude Group Holdings, LLC, whose group companies operate as Fortitude Re (formerly DSA Re) from American International Group, Inc. (AIG) The transaction was first announced on August 1, 2018. Part of this deal included Fortitude Re inking an investment management agreement (IMA) whereby US$ 6 billion of assets will be committed into a variety of Carlyle investment strategies.

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RDIF, Indorama Corporation, and Yadran Oil Ink Joint Investment in Tartarstan



The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), and Singapore-based Indorama Corporation Pte Ltd, a chemical corporation in Asia, and JSC Yadran-Oil, the company authorized by the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, have agreed to jointly implement investment projects in Russia. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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DENIED: Bank of England Refuses to Release Venezuelan Gold



“Whoever has the gold makes the rules,” the King famously said in 1964’s comic strip, The Wizard of Id. England is proving the old truism to be accurate. Keynes’ “barbarous relic” is showing tremendous staying power in a world awash in cryptocurrencies and virtual wealth.

Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands have all repatriated gold reserves in recent years, and they can now count Venezuela among the countries attempting to do the same. Venezuela’s government made the decision to repatriate 14 tons of gold bars on the heels of U.S. sanctions. The custodian, the Bank of England, has refused to release the gold, worth a total sum of US$ 550 million, to Caracas. The British are citing anti-money laundering regulations. The specific concern is that Nicolas Maduro may personally seize the gold and use it for personal gain. Washington’s new rules for Venezuela target the country’s gold exports, based on reports of Maduro spending the country’s current precious metals illegally. Venezuela’s economy collapsed when oil revenue plunged. Supplies of food, medicine, and consumer staples were affected. Shortages and hyperinflation have resulted.

National Security Advisor to the United States, John Bolton, labeled Venezuela a member of a “troika of tyranny,” along with Cuba and Nicaragua. Bolton railed against the “triangle of terror stretching from Havana to Caracas to Managua.” He called it “the cause of immense human suffering, the impetus of enormous regional instability, and the genesis of a sordid cradle of communism in the Western Hemisphere,” Cuba has been accused of assisting the Maduro government. “The Cuban military and intelligence agencies must not disproportionately profit from the United States, its people, its travelers, or its businesses,” Bolton declared. For its part, Nicaragua is in hot water due to a violent crisis that sprung up when President Daniel Ortega announced that there would be changes coming to Nicaragua’s social security system. The U.S. is pushing for free elections.

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