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Governance

Asset Owner 100’s wealth of influence

The sheer weight of money behind the world’s largest 100 asset owners represents a huge opportunity to show leadership in the allocation of capital. A Willis Towers Watson report reveals the 100 largest and which ones are meeting the challenge.
Equities

Norway reviews GPFG strategy

Norway is looking into whether GPFG, the world’s largest sovereign fund, should take on more diversifying assets and expand its tracking error. The fund’s ESG performance is also under review.
Analysis

SWFs in real estate

The 800-pound gorilla of the real estate market, sovereign wealth funds, is increasingly exercising its muscle by investing directly in property as a way of cutting fees and potentially achieving better returns, new research finds. The latest snapshot of sovereign wealth funds’ interest in property by alternative-asset researcher Preqin shows that 85 per cent of […]
News

…as Gulf funds buoyant on BP

Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) from the Gulf swooped in to buy stakes in troubled financial institutions during the financial crisis – now there is speculation they are sizing up stakes in BP as the oil giant seeks to raise capital following the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Investors from the Middle East were running a ruler over […]
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QIA buys agribusiness, but not land, to feed Qatar

A food company owned by the $65 billion Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has launched a joint venture in Sudan as part of its strategy to generate profit and secure food supply by investing in overseas agricultural businesses. Asset Owner: Greg Bright is executive chairman of Conexus Financial. He has 30 years experience as a financial […]
News

SWFs return home after run of cross-border deals

Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) piled a record $20 billion into foreign direct investment (FDI) transactions last year, continuing the big cross-border forays they began in 2005. Sovereign Wealth FundAsset Owner: Simon Mumme is the editor of Investment Magazine, the market leading monthly publication which focuses on the Australian institutional investment industry. He has been writing […]
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SWFs eye offshore deals after quiet Q1

Hurt by mark-to-market losses and exercising caution in the face of an unforgiving investment environment, sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) made only 26 investments, worth $6.8 billion, in the first quarter of 2009 – their lowest deployment of capital since the fourth quarter of 2005. Sovereign Wealth FundAsset Owner: Simon Mumme is the editor of Investment […]
News

Qatar looks to China for more investments

The $62 billion Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) could access a greater range of investments in China if its government executes plans to set up an investment promotion office in Beijing in 2010. Asset Owner:Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) Simon Mumme is the editor of Investment Magazine, the market leading monthly publication which focuses on the Australian institutional […]