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Thailand Sovereign Wealth Fund Proposal Strikes Again

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thailandThe Bank of Thailand is once again giving thought to starting a sovereign wealth fund to handle its large foreign reserves. A Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute article from October, 2011, noted that the country would not be pursuing the development of a sovereign wealth fund with its then US$ 180 billion in reserves. New studies, however, are being conducted by the bank in order to gauge the wisdom of establishing such a fund. According to a document from the Bank of Thailand, as of August 16th, foreign reserve holdings are valued at US$ 172 billion, with liabilities of US$ 123 billion. The new proposed name is the New Opportunity Fund.

The Thai government and the Central Bank of Thailand have debated the issue of creating a sovereign wealth fund for quite some time.

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White House Nominates Heath Tarbert for CFTC Chairman

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The White House announced Heath P. Tarbert will be nominated to serve as Commissioner and Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Tarbert currently serves as Assistant Secretary for International Markets at the U.S. Treasury Department. Before joining the U.S. Treasury, Tarbert was a Partner at law firm Allen & Overy. Tarbert was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for his current Treasury post at 87 (yes) to 8 (no).

Upon Senate confirmation, Tarbert’s CFTC term would start on April 14, 2019 and last for five years. Tarbert is taking over from J. Christopher Giancarlo whose term ends in April 2019. Tarbert will need a U.S. Senate confirmation to take the head CFTC post.

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KIA Could Sell Stake in North Sea Energy Business

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The Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA), through its unit Wren House Investment Management, is nearing a deal to sell a 40% stake in its North Sea energy business to JPMorgan Asset Management. In July 2018, KIA closed on a deal to acquire oil and gas pipeline firm North Sea Midstream Partners from ArcLight Capital.

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Pensioenfonds PGB Hires BMO Global for Equity Protection Strategy

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Pensioenfonds PGB is a Dutch multi-sector pension fund. PGB awarded a mandate to implement a protection strategy for its €12 billion equity portfolio to BMO Global Asset Management. PGB is a €26.5 billion fund. PGB has been using BMO Global’s responsible engagement overlay since 2017.

The Chief Investment Officer of PGB is Harold Clijsen.

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