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Listed below are the 50 most recent news articles about SWFs, continuously gathered from around the globe by the Institute.  The flow of news involved SWFs in general as well as the activities of specific SWFs and their investments. Archives are available in this content silo (which are permanently maintained).

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IPE Awards (Themed): Brunel PP wins climate related risk management, ESG   
December 05, 2020
Source: IPE - Brunel Pension Partnership, one of eight UK Local Government Pensions Scheme (LGPS) pools, bagged two themed awards this year: Climate Related Risk Management and ESG. “Brunel leads by example and its innovative five areas...
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Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE:HPP) Lifted to C- at TheStreet   
December 05, 2020
Source: modernreaders.com - TheStreet upgraded shares of Hudson Pacific Properties (NYSE:HPP) from a d+ rating to a c- rating in a research report released on Wednesday morning, TheStreetRatingsTable reports. Other analysts have also recently issued...
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Insecurity: Buhari must account for $1bn taken from ECA, says Fayose   
December 05, 2020
Source: PM NEWS Nigeria - Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose asked President Buhari to account for the N1 billion withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to battle insecurity. But P.M.NEWS found that an
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Nigeria: What to Know About Nigeria's Recession and How It Affects You   
December 05, 2020
Source: AllAfrica.com - At a time of economic difficulties, the Nigerian government has imposed an array of high taxes and charges on citizens.
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Pension compensation for DB schemes hits £860m   
December 05, 2020
Source: Money Marketing - The Pension Protection Fund made compensation payments of £860m to members of defined benefit schemes in the year to March 2020, compared with £775m the previous year.
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No let-up for central banks as recovery nears: BoE's Tenreyro   
December 05, 2020
Source: Reuters - Central banks must keep up the huge support they have pumped into their economies now that COVID-19 vaccines show that the devastating shock of the pandemic can be bridged, Bank of England interest-rate setter Silvana Tenreyro...
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“FG used $1 billion earmarked to fight Boko Haram for 2019 Elections” – Fayose   
December 05, 2020
Source: Politics Nigeria - Former Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose has alleged that the Nigerian government used $1billion set out to support the fight against Boko Haram to fund the 2019 Elections. Fayose, on Friday, tweeted that the Federal...
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Market Updates: Sensex gives up early gains on profit-booking, ends 83 points higher at 34,370   
December 05, 2020
Source: Business Line - 11:40 am Jio Platforms raises Rs 5,683.50 crores from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Continuing its fund-raising spree, Jio Platforms, a subsidiary of Asia's richest man Mukesh Ambani-controlled ...
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UPDATE 3-DoorDash aims to double valuation in much-awaited IPO   
December 05, 2020
Source: Reuters - Founded in 2013, DoorDash is backed by the Vision Fund managed by Japan tech giant SoftBank Group Corp, venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC), Singapore’s...
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New Mexico SIC to redeem 2 investments   
December 05, 2020
Source: Pensions&Investments - Separately, the council adopted a New Mexico renewable energy investment strategic plan, which is designed to be "a road map for the council ... to make prudent investments that can strengthen the renewable energy industry in New...
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Kuwait votes for parliament amid economic, virus challenges   
December 05, 2020
Source: ABC - Kuwait is voting for its National Assembly, the first election since the death of its longtime ruling emir at a time the oil-rich nation struggles with serious economic problems during the coronavirus
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Singapore to have 4 digital banks, with Grab-Singtel and Sea getting digital full bank licences   
December 05, 2020
Source: nationthailand - SINGAPORE - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said on Friday (Dec 4) it will award digital full bank licences to the Grab-Singtel consortium and tech giant Sea, in a first for the city-state and a highly anticipated...
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Grab-Singtel Group to Hire 200 People for Singapore Digital Bank   
December 05, 2020
Source: Bloomberg - Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. venture, one of two successful bidders for a digital full bank license in the city state, will hire 200 people before the virtual lender’s launch in early 2022.
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Petco plans IPO as pet adoption rates soar   
December 05, 2020
Source: Fox Business - After going private in 2016, Petco plans to return to the public markets as more Americans adopt pets during the pandemic. To meet that demand, CEO Ron Coughlin says the retailer is the "only health and wellness company for pets.
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Petco has filed to go public as consumers adopt more pets during the pandemic   
December 05, 2020
Source: CNBC - Petco Health and Wellness wants to be publicly traded again, this time on the Nasdaq with the ticker "WOOF." The coronavirus pandemic led to a spike in adoptions this year, driving demand for pet care supplies.
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SBI’s foreign shareholders question its proposed loan to Adani’s Australian coal mine   
December 05, 2020
Source: ThePrint - BlackRock & Norway’s Storebrand have raised concerns about SBI's proposed Rs 5,000 cr-loan to Adani Enterprises for its Carmichael coal mine in Australia.
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Kuwait votes for parliament amid economic, virus challenges – Jaweb   
December 05, 2020
Source: Elmoudjaweb - Kuwait began voting Saturday for its National Assembly, the first election since the death of its longtime ruling emir at a time the oil-rich nation struggles with serious economic problems during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Petco Files For IPO As Demand For Pets Surges During Pandemic   
December 05, 2020
Source: pymnts.com - Petco has set its sights on going public as the demand for pets and related supplies skyrocket amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.
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Woof! San Diego's Petco files to go public - again - in $100M offering   
December 05, 2020
Source: San Diego Union Tribune on MSN.com - The local pet retailer, which has changed its ownership structure multiple times, now plans to list shares on the NASDAQ under the symbol "WOOF"
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Bank ABC wins The Banker - Bank of the Year 2020 in Bahrain   
December 05, 2020
Source: Al Bawaba News - Bank ABC, founded in 1980, is listed on the Bahrain Bourse and our major shareholders are the Central Bank of Libya and Kuwait Investment Authority. Bank ABC is a leading provider of Trade ...
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NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) Lifted to B at TheStreet   
December 04, 2020
Source: modernreaders.com - TheStreet upgraded shares of NetApp (NASDAQ:NTAP) from a c+ rating to a b rating in a research note released on Tuesday morning, TheStreetRatingsTable reports. Several other equities analysts have also recently issued reports on...
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Weekly roundup of people news, Dec 4   
December 04, 2020
Source: asianinvestor.net - Future Fund confirms Sue Brake as permanent CIO; Barings to open Singapore office in 2021; Breven Howard poaches fund manager from BFAM; former Cbus CEO joins AMP Capital as deputy head; Aberdeen Standard adds deputy head of...
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CDPQ becomes a lead investor in IEX Group   
December 04, 2020
Source: Associated Press - Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), a leading institutional investor, announced a strategic investment in IEX Group (IEX), a New York City-based financial technology company and the eighth largest...
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Saudi Wealth Fund Looks For $7 Billion Loan For ‘’Opportunistic Investments’'   
December 04, 2020
Source: Crude Oil Prices - The Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of the world’s largest oil exporter Saudi Arabia, has contacted international banks for a loan of up to US$7 billion to use for new investments
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Infor Supports Bahrain’s Digital Transformation   
December 04, 2020
Source: Al Bawaba News - and Mazad B.S.C., a subsidiary of Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (Mumtalakat) - the Kingdom of Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund. Jonathan Wood, General Manager, Middle East and Africa ...
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Saudi Arabia's wealth fund plans to raise $7 billion to plow into new investments, report says   
December 04, 2020
Source: Business Insider - Stock quotes by finanzen.net Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund plans to raise $7 billion as it seeks new investments to shore up its finances against the collapse in demand for crude oil this year,
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Why The Chinese Regulators Were Right To Cancel Ant Financials’ IPO   
December 04, 2020
Source: Forbes - The recent suspension of Ant Group’s IPO is producing increasingly clear aftershocks, including eroding the value of Ping An Insurance Group’s Lufax Holding Ltd., which in its attempt to ...
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Regulation: China’s ‘Yes’ men   
December 04, 2020
Source: Euromoney - Over the course of five working days in November, Chinese legislators got more done than most US presidents achieve in an entire term in office.
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China’s financial regulators fret about fintech’s power, and its risks to financial security. Here’s why   
December 04, 2020
Source: South China Morning Post - China has seized the global lead in tackling Big Tech lending which threatens to destabilise finance in multiple jurisdictions.
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Great Portland Estates PLC   
December 04, 2020
Source: Barron's - Stocks: Real-time U.S. stock quotes reflect trades reported through Nasdaq only; comprehensive quotes and volume reflect trading in all markets and are delayed at least 15 minutes. International ...
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Petco, With $3.3 Billion of Debt, Plans an IPO   
December 04, 2020
Source: Barron's - The pet care center said it plans to raise $100 million but didn’t disclose how many shares would be offered or a price range.
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Saudi wealth fund said to eye $7bn loans for new investments   
December 04, 2020
Source: Arabian Business - Sources say Public Investment Fund has approached international banks to participate in a US dollar revolving facility
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Bigger jobs quota plan for Bahrainis   
December 04, 2020
Source: Zawya - Khalid Bu Onk said Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, the nation’s sovereign wealth fund, alone has 3,062 expatriate employees, with 986 alone in Gulf Air. “These 3,062 jobs could be mostly handled by Bahrainis...
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China’s closer ties with Hong Kong’s bond market to create ‘enormous opportunities’ for city   
December 04, 2020
Source: South China Morning Post - Authorities in Hong Kong and China are looking at expanding the current Bond Connect scheme to match the existing Stock Connect system that already allows two-way trading.
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Saudi PIF seeks investment flexibility with $5 billion-plus loan   
December 04, 2020
Source: Arab News on MSN.com - Short Url https://arab.news/ppef4 googletag.cmd.push(function() googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1581406972526-5');); DUBAI: The Public Investment Fund (PIF), Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, is in talks with bankers to...
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Grab, Gojek close to merger agreement   
December 04, 2020
Source: Manila Bulletin - Grab Holdings Inc. and Gojek have made substantial progress in working out a deal to combine their businesses in what would be the biggest internet merger in Southeast Asia, according to people with knowledge of the talks.
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Yealands poised to sell some of its vineyards to the Super Fund   
December 03, 2020
Source: The New Zealand Herald - The Herald understands the sale of several vineyards has been flagged to staff. The buyer is believed to be the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. Neither side has commented on the sale. Earlier this week Yealands' owners,
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New Mexico SIC backs Macquarie North America infrastructure fund   
December 03, 2020
Source: IPE - New Mexico State Investment Council (SIC) has approved a $100m (€83.4m) commitment to (MIP V), a North America infrastructure fund which has so far raised 80% of its $5bn fundraising target. The sovereign wealth fund’s...
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Hainan allow national companies to list shares on foreign exchanges   
December 03, 2020
Source: TASS - The Hainan authorities have allowed national enterprises to list securities on foreign stock exchanges. This is stated in the decree "Experimental Control Methods for the Registration of Hainan Free Trade Port Companies on...
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New Mexico council pledges up to $225 million to 3 funds   
December 03, 2020
Source: Pensions&Investments - Santa Fe, committed a total of up to $175 million to two real asset funds and up to $50 million to a new open-end real estate continuation fund. The council committed up to $100 million to Macquarie Infrastructure Partners V,
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Saudi Wealth Fund Seeks Up to $7 Billion Loan for Investments   
December 03, 2020
Source: Bloomberg - Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund plans to raise as much as $7 billion in loans as it seeks cash for new investments, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Future Fund gets new chief investment officer   
December 03, 2020
Source: Investor Daily - Australia’s sovereign wealth fund has announced the appointment of a new chief investment officer and a number of other senior roles on the investment team.
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Ant Group Reportedly Eyes Sale Of 30 Pct Stake In India’s Paytm   
December 03, 2020
Source: pymnts.com - China's Ant Group, which owns the widely used Alipay app, is looking at selling its 30 pct stake in India's Paytm as friction between the two countries grows.
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Civil groups urge govt to take holistic approach   
December 03, 2020
Source: The Star - A holistic approach by the government is needed in reviewing existing confidentiality laws including enacting law on freedom of information, say civil rights groups.
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Boralex Acquires Equity Stake in Three Canadian Wind Farms   
December 03, 2020
Source: NRG Wind Project - Boralex Inc., a company develops, builds and operates renewable energy power facilities in Canada, France, the U.K. and the U.S., has closed the acquisition of the previously announced 49% equity stake held by the Caisse de...
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Goldman's 1MDB claw back plan - What you should know   
December 03, 2020
Source: Astro Awani - Goldman Sachs pledged to reclaim $174 million from current and former top executives involved in the 1MDB scandal.
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US$100m for Sovereign Wealth Fund   
December 03, 2020
Source: The Herald-Zimbabwe - China has a number of SWFs that are not generated from commodities, including the third largest in the world — the China Investment Corporation. It was created around 13 years ago to diversify ...
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Is my pension ruined if a retail empire crumbles'   
December 03, 2020
Source: BBC - A new owner may take on the pension scheme, or - in many cases - certain types of pension scheme go into a rescue scheme called the Pension Protection Fund (PPF). It pays pensioners already ...
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Cash-strapped Turkey relies on Qatari investments   
December 03, 2020
Source: Al-Monitor - Qatar has come to account for 15% of all foreign direct investments in Turkey, second only to deep-rooted Dutch investors.
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Ex-Goldman Sachs President Cohn has not returned pay after 1MDB clawbacks: Bloomberg News   
December 03, 2020
Source: Reuters - Goldman Sachs has failed to persuade former president Gary Cohn to return over $10 million he received in pay, as part of the bank's effort to reclaim executive compensation over the 1MDB scandal, Bloomberg News reported on...
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