Global Investing

SWFs climbing the German wall

July 21, 2010

The Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment’s latest report on foreign direct investment looks at inward flows to Germany.  Things look like they were a bit better last year than the year before, apparently.

There’s oil in them thar wealth funds

January 14, 2010

Some interesting new data on sovereign wealth funds from State Street Global Advisors, a huge fund firm that does a lot of business with them. Most interesting, perhaps, is that the vast majority of sovereign wealth fund money comes from oil and gas revenues rather than from countries building up large foreign reserves from other trade, eg China.

A black swan in the desert

November 26, 2009

Just when investors were settling down to lock in a few of the year’s profits and put their feet up for the end of the year holidays, a black swan has come waddling out of the desert to put everything on edge.

from MacroScope:

Chile, Singapore among most transparent SWFs

November 5, 2009

Chile, UAE, Singapore, Azerbaijan, Ireland and Norway claim top rankings on the latest transparency index, published by SWF Institute. At the bottom of the ranking is Venezuela, Oman, Nigeria, Mauritania, Kiribati, Iran, Brunei and Algeria.

from MacroScope:

Australia’s SWF lags in returns

October 19, 2009

Australia's Future Fund reveals that the fund's mixed asset portfolio (excluding Telstra holding) returned 5.6 percent in the third quarter.

from DealZone:

Sovereign Funds sextuple down

October 14, 2009

They may be placing smaller bets, but sovereign wealth funds were back with a vengeance in the third quarter.

from MacroScope:

SWFs by the Caspian

October 8, 2009

The world's leading sovereign wealth funds are gathering in Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, for a two-day inaugural meeting which ends on Friday.

from MacroScope:

SWFs and ethical investing: serving multitude of objectives

October 5, 2009

Sovereign wealth funds, eager to be accepted in the West, are increasingly interested in showing the world that they care about environment and governance by investing in socially responsible firms.

Sustainable investing and SWFs

September 22, 2009

Government-owned institutions are becoming big drivers of sustainable investing — or buying firms which are socially and environmentally responsible, or sectors which tackle climate change or resource scarcity.

from MacroScope:

Tale of two SWFs

September 17, 2009

As the world moves closer to the end of the credit crisis, sovereign wealth funds around the world are experiencing mixed fortunes.