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TOBAM Benefits From Smart Beta Boom

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Traditional market-cap weighted benchmarks are feeling some pain. Paris-based TOBAM, also known as Think Out of the Box Asset Management, scored US$ 2.1 billion for its “anti-benchmark” funds in the last three months. TOBAM’s proprietary “anti-benchmark” strategies fall into line with smart beta or factor-based weighting. These alternative indices are gaining popularity among institutional investors such as pensions, sovereign wealth funds and other public funds. A growing pool of asset owners recognize factor-based strategies as less expensive to access compared to a typical actively-managed fund. In a recent press release, TOBAM indicated they have seen net inflows totaling US$ 2.6 billion since the beginning of 2014.

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Riksbank Appoints Permanent Head of Financial Stability

Sveriges Riksbank has appointed Olof Sandstedt to lead its financial stability department on a permanent basis, effective November 14, 2017. Sandstedt has been the department’s acting head since June 7, 2017 when he took over for Kasper Roszbach, who departed Riksbank to take up a new position at Norges Bank as director of its research division.

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Mubadala Inches Closer to Invepar Ownership

Since the beginning of the year, Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Investment Company has been looking at owning the distressed Brazilian infrastructure company Invepar SA for quite some time. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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KDC’s Latest Acquisition a Breath of Fresh Air

Knowlton Development Corporation (KDC) has made its latest acquisition with the purchase of Aromair Fine Fragrance Company Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Aromair Group that specializes in air care products, from London-based Strategic Value Partners. The terms of the transaction, which was completed on November 8, were not disclosed. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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