SWFs “Back on Course”

Ashby Monk

The Monitor Group just released its 2009 annual report on SWFs, which is entitled “Back on Course: Sovereign Wealth Fund Activity in 2009.”

Weighing in at 121 pages, it has tons of interesting insights, data and articles (…including a short paper by yours truly…). Frankly, there’s too much good stuff in there to try to sum it all up in a single blog post. So just go read it.

Nonetheless, I was interested to see that, while total SWF deals were off by nearly 40% in 2009 vis-à-vis 2008, certain SWFs remained extremely aggressive during this time period:

“The most active funds were the China Investment Corporation and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, making 17 and 18 publicly reported investments, respectively. However, the largest spending fund was the Qatar Investment Authority, which undertook 14 publicly reported investments valued at over $32 billion.”

Indeed, I noted last week that QIA is seemingly everywhere at the moment.

It’s also interesting that two of the most active SWFs in the world are also two of its youngest – the CIC was set up in 2007 while the QIA was set up in 2005. The folly of youth? Or clarity of vision? We’ll see.

Get the report here:

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This website is a project of Professor Gordon L. Clark and Dr. Ashby Monk of the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Their research on sovereign wealth funds is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and The Rotman International Centre for Pension Management.

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