The Daily Brief

Ashby Monk

Good morning, Stanford. Let’s get right to the news, shall we:

  • The UK has announced a new plan to help boost infrastructure investment that requires the (very willing) involvement of UK pensions.
  • The UK’s new infrastructure policy helps to explain why the China Investment Corp turned to the FT’s opinion page Sunday to convey its interest in investing in UK infrastructure. Until the UK announcement the following day, there was quite a bit of head scratching happening.
  • The QIA has signed up to a $2 billion joint venture with Morocco to fund major development projects in the North African economy.
  • In addition to the JV above, Qatar Holding, the Kuwait Investment Authority’s Al Ajial Investments, and Abu Dhabi’s Aabar recently agreed to partner with Morocco’s Fund for the Development of Tourism in the creation of a new $2.5 billion investment vehicle called Wessal Capital.
  • Torontonians can relax: Ontario Teachers’ isn’t selling the Maple Leafs to a US private equity firm…for now.

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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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