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SWFI to Officially Expand Coverage on Asset Managers

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One of the prime goals of SWFI is to maintain its impartial, respected position on being the source of data, research, discussion and knowledge on asset owners which we see as sovereign wealth funds, pensions, endowments, superannuation funds, central banks and other institutional funds. A while ago, we officially changed our brand name from Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute to SWFI to reflect our growing coverage universe. We cover over 210 public institutional investors, profiling them through various characteristics, briefings, data points and other dimensions. SWFI has created a massive, unrivaled database on public investor transactions and constructed a database for RFPs and opportunities called SWFI Compass, an invaluable tool for asset managers and owners.

More importantly, with a massive list of email readers and tremendous growth in our corporate/government subscriber base, including pensions and SWFs, we are also going to be covering the whole community. What I mean by that is asset managers. As asset owners start to become more independent and begin to invest more into internal resources, we will continue to provide our clients with the tools they need to be successful.

Asset Manager Profiles and Data Submission

The rollout of asset manager profiles will be thoughtful. We plan to provide data and intelligence for our clients on asset managers.

Current subscribers and members (asset managers) will be able to send SWFI up to 10 institutional grade products for us to track and provide coverage on. SWFI staff will send a list of the required fields and frequency.

Non-clients may send up to 5 institutional grade products. For us to process non-clients, there will be an annual administrative fee. It is up to SWFI research staff for an asset manager profile inclusion.

If you wish to learn more about what we are doing, please contact us support@swfinstitute.org.

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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Norway’s GPFG Banned from Investing in 9 Companies Over Nuclear Weapons

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The recent false alarm caused by a state employee in Hawaii (who was not terminated and reassigned to a new position), triggering the Emergency Alert System message at 8:07 a.m. caused pandemonium in the state. After decades of failure in diplomacy between the United States and North Korea, the threat of a nuclear missile attack has grown since. The states of Alaska and Hawaii are the closest states to North Korea.

Besides the recent news in the world of nuclear missiles, Norges Bank oversees the management of the country’s sovereign wealth fund. The central bank has moved to ban nine companies from the Government Pension Fund Global. In addition, one company has been placed under observation. The Executive Board of Norges Bank’s decisions on exclusion were made on the basis of recommendations from the Council on Ethics. However, before moving to exclude a company, the central bank may consider other options, such as the exercise of ownership rights. In these instances of companies, the board determined that it was appropriate to use other measures in these cases.

The Council on Ethics’ recommendations to exclude:
Risk of severe environmental damage and serious or systematic violations of human rights
Evergreen Marine Corporation (Taiwan) Ltd
Korea Line Corporation
Precious Shipping PCL
Thoresen Thai Agencies PCL

Unacceptable risk of serious or systematic violations of human rights
Atal SA

Over involvement in the production of nuclear weapons
AECOM
BAE Systems
Fluor Corporation
Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc
Honeywell International Inc (already previously excluded)

Placed Under Observation
Pan Ocean Co. Ltd

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Sistema to Pledge Assets to Help Fund Settlement

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is helping a settlement situation between two Russian economic powerhouses. In January 2018, Sistema, under a settlement, is mandated to pay Bashneft oil company, which is owned by energy behemoth Rosneft, 100 billion roubles (US$ 1.8 billion) by March 30, 2018.

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