Four yardsticks for sovereign wealth funds

September 1, 2010

Sovereign wealth funds, a $3 trillion industry managing windfall revenues for future generations, arguably need a set of benchmarks different from those used by other private investors as they are state-owned. Andrew Ang, an associate at U.S. National Bureau of Economics and a professor at Columbia Business School, proposes the following four benchmarks in a recent paper distributed to SWFs.

Euro zone crisis and sovereign wealth funds

June 17, 2010

Two academics from the Fletcher School at the Tufts University have written a special guest blog for Macroscope on the impact of the euro zone debt crisis on sovereign wealth funds.

Sovereign wealth fund and a remote island

February 5, 2010

Little Diomede, a remote U.S. island in the Bering straits only 2.5 miles from Russia, has 129 people living in a traditional Ingalikmiut Eskimo village.

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.

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.

SWFs in Baku: Tables turning?

October 10, 2009

Sovereign wealth funds may have turned the tables on the rest of the world.

Wrapping up their inaugural meeting in the capital of Azerbaijan, 20 leading sovereign wealth funds urged host countries to make their investment regimes more transparent and discriminatory and keep investment borders and flows as open as possible. (For the story click here).

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.

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.

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.

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.