SWFs Spend Big to Support Online Shopping; Oman Bets $200 Million on New Ventures

October 27, 2016 by Loch Adamson

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Trendy Logistics Properties Top SWFs’ Shopping Lists This week, sovereign and government funds have been eagerly filling their online checkout baskets with select portfolios of warehouses and logistics properties in Asia and Europe. As the popularity of ecommerce surges – with sales growth forecasts projected to rise by double-digit percentages through 2020 – several of the largest sovereign and government funds have been pouring capital into ecommerce supporting infrastructure: the vast storehouses, packing halls and transport hubs required to fill all those internet orders. Over the past week, three major new investments have come to light as sovereign and government funds in Canada, Norway and Singapore have inked deals for logistics properties. On Wednesday, October 19, Canadian government pension fund manager Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) announced that it had just spent $155 million to acquire a significant minority stake in TVS Logistics Services, the…

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