UPDATE 2-Temasek’s private investments rise to record, flags cautious environment

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(Adds details, quotes from 5th paragraph on) By Anshuman Daga and Aradhana Aravindan SINGAPORE, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings said on Tuesday that the global economic outlook remained volatile, with the coronavirus crisis and geopolitical tensions creating significant uncertainties in the near term. Ranked among the world’s biggest investors, Temasek’s net portfolio value fell 2.2% to S$306 billion ($224 billion) in the year to March 2020, the first drop in four years. “The outlook for economic recovery remains clouded, despite significant fiscal and monetary policy support,” said Png Chin Yee, head of financial services. “The unpredictable paths of COVID-19 and geopolitical issues pose significant uncertainties in the near term.” At a virtual news conference, senior executives from Temasek said the coronavirus pandemic had not significantly altered the firm’s investment strategy in the long term. However, the crisis had accelerated structural trends that guide Temasek’s investment decisions, the investor said, such as those driven by demographic shifts and changing consumption patterns, as well as enabled by technological advances. Temasek remains anchored in Asia, with exposure to the region of 66% measured by underlying assets, most of which are in China and Singapore. But the United States again accounted …

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