Well, Z-Ben has just released a follow up report that offers further details and explanations about the purported reorganization. Here’s a blurb:
“In this report, we forecast the potential shape and construction of CIC’s future portfolio, should it succeed in persuading State Council/ MoF that restructuring is wise. Our results: public-market equity exposure will take the biggest hit as CIC emphasizes other assets, while even a conservative path towards an alts- and property- dominated portfolio will quickly make CIC the world’s largest buyer in those classes.”
I think we’d all agree that this transition depends on the big unanswered question facing the CIC: will funding be renewed? Interestingly, the report suggests that the delay in the CIC’s funding renewal is due to the slow nature of the reorganization planning in the first place:
“We believe that discussion of this plan, which holds significant risks for CIC’s reception in foreign markets and for the fund’s utility as a model for other institutional investors in China, is the main reason that delays in grant- ing CIC more funding have lasted so long.”
You can download the rather provocative report here.
This post originally appeared on the Oxford SWF Project website.