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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.

Scatec Solar Places Big Solar Bet in Bangladesh

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Oslo-based Scatec Solar ASA, a publicly-traded independent power producer operating in the emerging market solar development space, plans to construct and own a 800 mega watt photovoltaic solar power plant in Chandpur, Bangladesh. Scatec Solar has solar assets scattered across numerous emerging markets such as South Africa, Rwanda, Honduras, Egypt, Jordan and the Czech Republic.

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APFC Sells $1.4 Billion Stake in Simpson Housing

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The Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation (APFC) embarked on a major shift in its real estate portfolio by selling a 50% ownership stake in Denver-based Simpson Housing LLLP for US$ 1.4 billion. Simpson Housing had made up roughly 24.7% of APFC’s US$ 5.6 billion real estate portfolio. The other owner of Simpson Housing is that State of Michigan Retirement Systems.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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ISIF Invests in Cybersecurity Firm Vectra

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The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) committed €10 million to Vectra Networks, Inc., a San Jose, U.S.-based cybersecurity company. The investment capital will assist Vectra in creating a research and development center in Dublin.

ISIF is part of a larger funding round of €30 million. These other investors include Khosla Ventures, Accel Partners, DAG Ventures, AI Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures and Wipro Ventures.

Kevin Dillon, who is the former Head of Microsoft Ireland and a Managing Partner at Atlantic Bridge, will join the board of directors at Vectra.

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