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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.

Johnson Controls Sells Battery Unit to Brookfield and CDPQ

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Brookfield Business Partners L.P. and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), announced that they have reached an agreement whereby Brookfield and CDPQ will acquire 100% of Johnson Controls’ Power Solutions business for in a cash valued transaction valued at approximately US$ 13.2 billion. Brookfield Business Partners is the flagship listed business services and industrials company of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. Closing of the transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals. Closing is expected to occur by June 30, 2019. The seller is Johnson Controls International plc. The unit employees roughly 15,000 people.

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MAS Seeks to Commit $5 Billion to Private Equity and Infrastructure Managers

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From U.S. pension funds to asset-heavy sovereign wealth funds, Singapore is calculating that more institutional investor assets globally are being committed to the Asia region. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore’s central bank, signaled and planned to commit US$ 5 billion with locally-based fund managers who will invest in private enterprises and infrastructure projects. The beneficiaries of the mandates will be private equity and infrastructure fund managers. MAS is seeking to lure top global asset managers to Singapore and firms that have a significant footprint in Singapore could be eligible for the funds. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Ivanhoe Cambridge Acquires Cap Ampere Campus from Natixis

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In one of the largest transactions in the French office sector, Ivanhoé Cambridge, real estate subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), has acquired a 90,000 square meter office-building campus from Natixis, in the Greater Paris area of Saint-Denis Pleyel. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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