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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.

Saudi and Other Gulf Country Bonds to Join JPMorgan Emerging Market Bond Index

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In a boost for Gulf-based debt, JPMorgan is adding their debt compositions to two influential emerging market bond indexes. These emerging market indexes are the most widely tracked among asset managers in the industry. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar are being added to the J.P. Morgan EMBI Global Diversified Index and the EMBI Global, starting January 31, 2019. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Central Bank of Nigeria Reveals Plan for New National Micro-Finance Bank

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The Central Bank of Nigeria has announced plans for a new national micro-finance bank. The proposed bank will promote small and medium enterprises.

CBN’s governor, Godwin Emefiele, noted that the bank will partner with the Bankers Committee, the Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, and the Nigerian Postal Service. Emefiele laid out the vision for the bank in his remarks in Abuja: “The bank will serve as an efficient channel for the disbursement and monitoring of key intervention funds by the CBN.” Nigeria’s micro-finance bank will be focused on meeting financial inclusion targets, promoting financial stability within the country, and fostering widespread economic growth.

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Mergermarket Gets Ready to be Sold

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Private equity firm BC Partners hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to advise on the sales of Acuris. Acuris is a collection of financial news and data sites, which includes Mergermarket, Dealreporter, and Debtwire. In 2017, BC Partners sold around a 30% stake in GIC Private Limited.

Before the rebranding to Acuris, Mergermarket was part of The Financial Times Group until 2013 when it was sold off to BC Partners.

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