The Daily Brief

Ashby Monk

  • CIC’s Gao Xiqing had some interesting comments at a recent conference about the perception that foreign governments have of his SWF:

“[The CIC] has a problem…Some think we are from a Cold War era and Red China. We are still regarded very much by many countries as a potential threat…We are trying to get financial returns…If there is too much political pressure and too much unpredictability, you just go away. Fortunately, there are more than 200 countries in the world. And fortunately, there are many countries that are happy with us.”

  • Bahrain’s Mumtalakat is financing McLaren’s strategic push into selling road cars; $229k will get you the new “MP4-12C”.
  • Temasek signs up to 50-50 JV with Oppenheimer to explore natural resource opportunities in South Africa.
  • Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan, Abu Dhabi’s ruler, has shaken up Mubadala’s Board.
  • State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan is financing the building and reconstruction of a new Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway. It needs it…

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This website is a project of Professor Gordon L. Clark and Dr. Ashby Monk of the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Their research on sovereign wealth funds is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and The Rotman International Centre for Pension Management.

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