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SWFI to Officially Expand Coverage on Asset Managers

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

CIC Sells 10% Logicor Stake to Blackstone Fund

The China Investment Corporation (CIC) is selling a 10% stake of in European warehouse firm Logicor Ltd to a real estate fund managed by The Blackstone Group. Furthermore, CIC also hired Blackstone to oversee and manage Logicor’s warehouses and logistic properties portfolio.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Fintech Affirm Raises $200 Million in Series E Led By Singapore’s GIC

Affirm Inc., a financial technology firm which provides instant loans to consumers as an alternative to credit cards for their online shopping, has raised US$ 200 million in a Series E round lead by Singapore’s GIC Private Limited, with participation from Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Spark Capital, Caffeinated Capital, and Ribbit Capital. The new infusion of capital brings the San Francisco-based company’s total funding to US$ 450 million and a reported valuation of US$ 2 billion.

The company is founded by Max Levchin, a co-founder of PayPal (part of the PayPal mafia, dubbed by the tech press). Max Levchin is also an advisory board member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFSB) in the United States.

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CHANGE: Saudi Arabia to Re-Open Movie Theaters, PIF Inks MoU with AMC

The Saudi Arabian government is ending its 35-year ban on cinemas. Next year, the government will allow cinemas to open. This watershed moment provides opportunities for entertainment companies to invest in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding region.

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