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Tory Peer Proposes Sovereign Wealth Fund Amendment to UK Infrastructure Bill

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Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, a Tory peer, proposed an amendment to the UK infrastructure bill. In it, Hodgson entails the formation of a soverign wealth fund being funded by shale gas revenue. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, could provide the UK with a boom in energy revenue.

According to the Associated Press (AP), Lord Hodgson issued the following statement:
“You could argue this is akin to an everlasting pension fund for UK plc. Norway has an extremely successful sovereign wealth fund and as a result Norwegian government bonds are some of the most sought after and highly rated in the world. A British sovereign wealth fund might not just help the country in the long run, it might also improve our financial stability in the short run.”

Proposed Clause – UK Sovereign Wealth Fund

Insert the following new Clause
“Revenue from shale gas: sovereign wealth fund:

    1. The Secretary of State may, by regulation, establish a sovereign wealth fund to receive and deploy revenue from the extraction and sale of shale gas.
    2. The regulations shall provide—
    a. that the fund shall receive no less than 50% of any revenue received by the United Kingdom Government from any activity connected with the extraction and sale of shale gas;
    b. that the assets of the fund shall be deployed to serve long term public objectives other than those connected with monetary and exchange rate policy;
    c. that the assets of the fund may be deployed in the United Kingdom or overseas;
    d. that no more than 4% of the assets of the fund may be paid out in any one year; and
    e. for the governance, independent oversight and transparent reporting of the activities of the fund.”

Source: Lords Amendments – UK Parliament – October 2014

Carlyle Group Completes Deal on 19.9 Percent Stake in Fortitude Re

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More private equity firms are scooping up reinsurance assets. The Carlyle Group finalized its acquisition of a 19.9% stake in Fortitude Group Holdings, LLC, whose group companies operate as Fortitude Re (formerly DSA Re) from American International Group, Inc. (AIG) The transaction was first announced on August 1, 2018. Part of this deal included Fortitude Re inking an investment management agreement (IMA) whereby US$ 6 billion of assets will be committed into a variety of Carlyle investment strategies.

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RDIF, Indorama Corporation, and Yadran Oil Ink Joint Investment in Tartarstan

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), and Singapore-based Indorama Corporation Pte Ltd, a chemical corporation in Asia, and JSC Yadran-Oil, the company authorized by the Government of the Republic of Tatarstan, have agreed to jointly implement investment projects in Russia. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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DENIED: Bank of England Refuses to Release Venezuelan Gold

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“Whoever has the gold makes the rules,” the King famously said in 1964’s comic strip, The Wizard of Id. England is proving the old truism to be accurate. Keynes’ “barbarous relic” is showing tremendous staying power in a world awash in cryptocurrencies and virtual wealth.

Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands have all repatriated gold reserves in recent years, and they can now count Venezuela among the countries attempting to do the same. Venezuela’s government made the decision to repatriate 14 tons of gold bars on the heels of U.S. sanctions. The custodian, the Bank of England, has refused to release the gold, worth a total sum of US$ 550 million, to Caracas. The British are citing anti-money laundering regulations. The specific concern is that Nicolas Maduro may personally seize the gold and use it for personal gain. Washington’s new rules for Venezuela target the country’s gold exports, based on reports of Maduro spending the country’s current precious metals illegally. Venezuela’s economy collapsed when oil revenue plunged. Supplies of food, medicine, and consumer staples were affected. Shortages and hyperinflation have resulted.

National Security Advisor to the United States, John Bolton, labeled Venezuela a member of a “troika of tyranny,” along with Cuba and Nicaragua. Bolton railed against the “triangle of terror stretching from Havana to Caracas to Managua.” He called it “the cause of immense human suffering, the impetus of enormous regional instability, and the genesis of a sordid cradle of communism in the Western Hemisphere,” Cuba has been accused of assisting the Maduro government. “The Cuban military and intelligence agencies must not disproportionately profit from the United States, its people, its travelers, or its businesses,” Bolton declared. For its part, Nicaragua is in hot water due to a violent crisis that sprung up when President Daniel Ortega announced that there would be changes coming to Nicaragua’s social security system. The U.S. is pushing for free elections.

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