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Following the SWF Trend, Mongolia Jumps in

The poor, landlocked country’s willingness to set up a long-term investment vehicle for resource profits lends credence to the idea that the SWF model has taken hold worldwide.

With Firms Chosen, PPIP Comes Knocking

Connecticut State Treasurer Denise Nappier reportedly is considering a large investment in the government-backed program to purchase distressed debt, possibly signaling a larger trend for American pension funds.

To Entice Foreign Capital, China Relaxes Regulations

Although still miniscule in nature, the Chinese Qualified Foreign Investor (QFII) program will—if proposed regulation passes—raise limits, lower minimums, and reduce lockups for foreign institutions, a sign of encouragement for foreigners wishing to pour money into the country.

Korea and Barclays, Sensing an Opening, Pounce on Resources

In further evidence of the resurgence in resources and the willingness of SWF to partner with western investors, British bank Barclays is in talks with the South Korean Natural Resources Fund about joint investments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Keith Ambachtsheer, Conscience of the Pension World

Ambachtsheer, the Director of the University of Toronto’s Rotman International Centre for Pension Management, has been talking about pension governance for years. It will come as no surprise, then, that ai5000 sought out the man who, if anyone can be, is the conscience of the pension world.

Sensing a Trend, Institutions Invest in Green

While some continue to refute that human action is causing global climate change, institutions—sensing a trend—gradually are allocating funds to green investing.

In Signs of Change, CPPIB Goes for Growth

Often focusing more on infrastructure—dams, roads, railways—the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) has joined forces with venture capitalists to buy Internet communications company Skype, possibly signaling a move toward riskier assets for Canada’s large defined benefit plans.