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U.S. Public Funds Split on Absolute Return Programs

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Once a coveted beat by financial journalists in the 2000s, hedge funds have taken a deep step back, as more U.S. pension funds begin to question the usefulness of hedge fund programs. Hedge funds are facing redemptions everywhere. For example, in 2016, hedge fund titan Richard Perry winded up his hedge fund, Perry Capital, after a 28-year run.

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Some major institutional investor giants such as the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) had decided to shutter hedge funds completely back in 2014. CalPERS was a pioneer in the hedge fund world, being one of the first major institutions to allocate to hedge funds in 2002. Post-2008, CalPERS became disenchanted with its hedge fund portfolio. CalPERS had US$ 4 billion in its Absolute Return Strategies (ARS) program in September 2014. On the other hand, some pension players are still searching for the next best hedge fund. The California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) opted to nix absolute returns, and migrate them toward risk-mitigation strategies (essentially not calling out hedge funds as an asset class, but purely as an investment strategy). CalSTRS has around a 9% allocation to risk mitigation strategies, seeking to hedge against volatile listed equities.

New Mexico State Investment Council Considers Dumping Absolute Return Portfolio

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China Helps Pakistan’s Foreign Reserves

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Despite Pakistan witnessing an increase in exports, the rapid increase in crude prices and lackluster financial inflows, have affected the country’s balance of payments position. Trying to avoid a full-scale currency crisis, Pakistan is also dealing with a fiscal budget deficit and a current account deficit. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Russia-Japan Investment Fund to Back Wood Pellet Production in Russia

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The Russian Far East has a lot of timber, and for that wood pellets is a source of biofuel. A while back, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) formed the Russia-Japan Investment Fund (RJIF) with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). RDIF and JBICIG Partners as part of RJIF, together with RFP Group and Japan’s Prospect Co., Ltd. have agreed to collaborate and consider potential investments in Russia’s biofuel industry. JBICIG Partners is a subsidiary of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

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RDIF Lures Asian Investors Toward Russian Surgical Robot Project

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The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is partnering with a number of unnamed Asian co-investors to allocate capital toward a project to create and manufacture Russian surgical robots. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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