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 Global Investing:

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.

United Korea: bigger than Japan?

September 21, 2009

North Korea, one of former President George Bush’s “axis of evil” countries and one of the few remaining Stalinist states, deserves to be re-evaluated given the prospect of a power succession and the changing economic landscape in the region, according to Goldman Sachs.

Sovereign wealth and transparency

September 16, 2009

It was less than two years ago that French President Nicholas Sarkozy hit out at sovereign wealth funds, saying “We’ve decided not to let ourselves be sold down the river by speculative funds, by unscrupulous attitudes which do not meet the transparency criteria one is entitled to expect in a civilised world. It’s unacceptable and we have decided not to accept it.”

Running out of resources

July 28, 2009

Oil prices are more than double the December-February troughs and commodity prices generally are going up as the market cheers signs of an economic recovery.

Gold to go

May 20, 2009

Automatic teller machines (ATMs) — 500 of them — dispensing pieces of gold will be available around Germany, Switzerland and Austria by the end of this year.

from Global Investing:

How to Spend It – for sovereign wealth funds

April 17, 2009

As dust settles and investor morale improves, sovereign wealth funds are slowly coming back to the market.

from Global Investing:

Who gets the last laugh?

January 23, 2009

Public critisicm may be heating up against banking executives being rewarded with huge bonuses despite taking too much risk (especially ex Merill Lynch head John Thain who requested a bonus and spent $1,405 on a garbage pail during a $1.22 million renovation of his office).

from Africa News blog:

A tale of two Africas

January 15, 2009

Good news and bad news for Africa from the latest take on global risks from the World Economic Forum. Not much danger for most of the continent, it says, from an asset bubble burst. That's the good. The bad, of course, is that this is because there are not many financial assets to bubble. In fact, it deems the overall exposure even to economic risks is small because African economies are not particularly tied in to global markets.

from Global Investing:

What a web we’ve woven

January 13, 2009

Thanks are due to the World Economic Forum for clearly  explaining the interlinked web of misery currently facing the world.  Make what you will of the details in the graphic below -- and if you can, please do let us know! -- but the overall impact really does spell it all out.