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TOBAM Stepping Out into Fixed Income Smart Beta

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In an October 9th announcement, TOBAM unveiled a brand new fixed income smart beta strategy: Anti-Benchmark US Credit Strategy. The Paris-based asset manager entered the smart beta equity space in 2006, and this is their first foray into fixed income. According to a press release, a leading institutional investor seeded the strategy with an initial contribution of US$ 30 million in May 2014.

“The heavy structural biases that plague market-cap weighted equity indices plaque issuer-weighted bond indices just the same,” said Christophe Roehri, Head of Business Development, in the statement. “Investors are coming to realize that issuer-weighted corporate bond indices do not provide a diversified risk allocation. The Anti-Benchmark US Credit strategy is the result of years of pioneering research and provides investors with a unique strategy in the fixed income world.”

For the new strategy, TOBAM is applying its patented maximum diversification methodology to fixed income in an attempt to capture the credit risk premium. In terms of benchmarks, the strategy strives for lower volatility and returns of 120 basis points higher than the Merrill Lynch US Corporate Index by 120 basis points per year.

PSP Investments and Blue Sky Alternative Investments End Strategic Partnership Agreement

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Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited informed Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) that it agreed to terminate its strategic agreement effective March 31, 2019. In December 2017, Blue Sky Alternative Investments forged an agreement with PSP Investments to assist in committing capital in a number of agricultural investments.

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Yield-Hungry Korean Insurance Capital Backs TSX Broadway

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Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd., the Seoul-based investment banking firm, has provided a US$ 375 million loan for a redevelopment in New York’s Times Square. It joins L & L Holding Company, Maefield Development, and Fortress Investment Group who are bringing the development known as TSX Broadway to life. The building is at 1568 Broadway in Manhattan. TSX Broadway, a US$ 2.5 billion project when all equity financing is added in, will allow for renovations and expansion of the 46-storey building. An LED screen, which is not an uncommon sight in the Big Apple, will wrap around the corner of the tower. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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OFFICIALS: Saudi Crown Prince Denies Interest in Acquiring Manchester United

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The Saudi Arabian government dispelled rumors that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will acquire football club Manchester United. However, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) had talks regarding sponsorship with the football club. Manchester United signed a partnership deal with Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority in 2017.

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