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SWFI First Read, September 1, 2017

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Australia’s Future Fund Reaches Over $100 Billion in Assets

Australia’s Future Fund posted an 8.7% annual return for its latest fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

David Neal, Future Fund’s CEO commented in a release, “Looking at the investment environment, markets have been buoyant over the last year on the back of an improvement in economic conditions across many of the major economies. Key to this has been the continued accommodative monetary policy settings. Central bankers are still grappling with the timing of moves to adjust rates upwards. This is a big uncertainty in the climate looking forward as are risks such as international political tensions. In this environment the Board is maintaining its patient long-term approach to investment.”

Aberdeen Standard Investments Names Amy Wang as Head of Onshore China

Aberdeen Standard Investments named Amy Wang as head of its onshore China business. Wang was formerly Head of Institutional Business for Greater China at Amundi Pioneer Asset Management. She will report to Alexis Ng and Ian Macdonald at Aberdeen Standard Investments.

Goldman Sachs Sells Down Stake in DONG Energy

Goldman Sachs, through its Luxembourg-based unit called New Energy Investment, had unloaded another 1.78% shareholding in DONG Energy, lowering its total position to 2.7%. In 2013, Goldman Sachs took an approximate 20% stake in DONG Energy.

CIC and GIC Vie for LendLease Retirement Portfolio

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Khazanah Launches Sukuk Exchangeable into Citic Shares

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Malaysia’s Khazanah Nasional pushed out an exchangeable sukuk to raise US$ 309.4 million to US$ 320.8 million. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Central Huijin Unit Eyes J&J Diabetes Business

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Sovereign wealth funds have increased their appetite for healthcare-related investments, according to a recent report issued by SWFI research. Johnson & Johnson (J&J), for a while, have been contemplating on possibly selling its diabetes care businesses. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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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.

EPISODE 45

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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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