The Daily Brief

Ashby Monk

Here are today’s top news items:

  • Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund ($1.1 trillion) is ready to launch EM mandates.
  • The Nigerian Federal Government and State Governors are deadlocked over new SWF. This will have to be resolved by the Supreme Court.
  • ExxonMobil now is the next US company to be under investigation for its relationship with LIA.
  • Market volatility is already showing up in SWF returns: Alberta and New Zealand.

And here are the week’s top stories:

  • CalPERS’ Joe Dear says his fund will struggle to hit its investment target in the coming years. And he’s not the only one.
  • Japan puts the idea of a new sovereign fund back on the table.
  • Introducing Shariah-compliant infrastructure investing. Fascinating.
  • When it comes to M&A, it’s hard to top Temasek — the Singaporean fund has apparently done some 25 deals so far this year!
  • China and Iran are negotiating a $6 billion deal to build two refineries in Iran.
  • Investors are increasingly bullish on Africa.

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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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