GIC’s mandate is to achieve good long-term returns. The primary metric for evaluating GIC’s investment performance is the rolling 20-year real rate of return.
The Government, represented by The Ministry of Finance (MOF), sets the investment objective, risk parameters and investment horizon for the portfolio. It also ensures a competent board of directors is in place.
GIC’s investment strategy is to build a portfolio comprising asset classes that generate good real returns over the long term, while adhering to the risk tolerance outlined by our client.
GIC is a global organization headquartered in Singapore, with offices in 10 cities staffed by more than 30 different nationalities.
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In the late 1990s, four of its most senior positions were held by former Monetary Authority of Singapore officers.
In late 2007, during the first phase of the crisis, GIC invested $11 billion Swiss francs for a 7.9% stake in the Swiss bank UBS
As of 2013, GIC holds around 44% of its portfolio in North and South America, 25% in Europe and 28% in Asia
GIC achieved a 20-year annualised rate of return of 4.0% above global inflation for the financial year ended 31 March 2016.
High valuations, together with limited improvement in the outlook for economic growth and earnings globally, mean lower returns are to be expected over the next decade.