Pension funds

Yasushi Ando

Pension fund adviser Yasushi Ando says Japan's GPIF should put $95 billion in private equity

Yasushi Ando, a Liberal Democratic Party adviser on pensions, said that Japan's Government Pension Investment Fund should invest $95 billion in private equity and venture capital over a decade. GPIF is the world's largest pension fund with ¥124 trillion under management.

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Nordic Capital

German private equity firm Nordic Capital secures $4.8B for eight buyout fund

Frankfurt, Germany-based private equity firm Nordic Capital said on Friday it has raised €3.5 billion ($4.8 billion) for its eight buyout fund amid decreased volatility in Europe.

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The Holy Book of Islam

Australia's First Guardian to launch Islamic pension in January

Melbourne-based First Guardian plans to launch an Islamic pension fund in January, collaborating with some of Australia's most well-known Muslim organisations to tap the country's $1.5 trillion private pension system, the world's fourth largest.

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Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Canada pension funds change conservative ways and take on private equity- report

The pension funds in Canada were said to have shifted towards private equity in their quest to avoid fees and improve performance to better serve the needs of its retirees, a Businessweek report said.

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Irish Flag

Ireland's National Pension Reserve Fund to seek buyer for private equity holdings- report

The Irish Times reported that the National Pension Reserve Fund of Ireland or NPRF is believed to be mulling a sale for its private equity investments.

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Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

CPPIB buys minority stake in France's Orpea for €320.8 million

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, one the country's top pension funds, has purchased a 15% stake in Orpea. CPPIB paid €320.8 million for the minority stake in the French nursing home company.

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Dexus Property Group, CPPIB challenges GPT Group offer for Commonwealth Property Office Fund

Dexus Property Group and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board sweetened their bid for the property fund controlled by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Bloomberg reported.

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London Skyline

Foreign investors eye London's commercial projects as UK real estate recovers

The rising commercial property prices in London has prompted institutional investors to team up with commercial property developers in the UK to capitalize on the recovery of the market in UK.

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AT&T asks permission from US SEC to ignore shareholder request on sharing customer info with government

AT&T has asked the permission of the US Securities and Exchange Commission to allow the firm to exclude a request from shareholders asking for the details how it shares customer information with government agencies in its annual meeting.

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Polish Parliament

Polish lawmakers approves pension system overhaul to cancel government bonds

Lawmakers of the Sejm or the Polish Lower House of Parliament approved changes in the country's pension system to takeover government bonds currently held by 14 privately-run pension funds.

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Belchatow Power Station

Reuters report says pension funds, other investors in rush to invest in European infrastructure

At a time when interest rates are low, investors are now seeking to invest in European infrastructure to get higher returns. However, the assets are scarce, according to a Reuters report.

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UK Wind Farm

PensionDanmark to invest GBP153 million in UK wind farms

Denmark-based pension fund PensionDanmark is set to invest GBP153 million in six onshore wind farms of Falck Renewables, in a deal that will give the Danish firm a 49% stake in the energy sites in Wales and Scotland.

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ThyssenKrupp AG

Top deals of the day - bids, mergers and acquisitions

The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported on tuesday including Adcock Ingram, Energa, Nordea Bank, Alitalia, Ben Venue, TIM Participacoes, Douglas, Mercator, Novartis, OncoMed, Kerning and Malaysia Airports

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Detroit neighborhood

Detroit bankruptcy ruling may be good news for wary market

A federal judge's ruling Tuesday that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy protection offers municipal bond investors a dose of clarity that could be welcome news at the end of a rough year for the U.S. muni debt market.

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Japanese Yen and US Dollar

Former Japanese Ministry of Finance official says yen may drop as government pension fund increases foreign holdings

Former Japanese Ministry of Finance official Eisuke Sakakibara said the yen may weaken further as the government pension fund will follow the proposal to invest more of its holdings overseas.

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