UNCTAD on SWFs’ Importance

Ashby Monk

UNCTAD released its 2010 World Investment Report yesterday. And while this year’s Report focuses on climate change and the role of transnational corporations, it also highlights some interesting FDI data relevant to SWFs:

“FDI by private equity funds decreased by 65 per cent in terms of value, while FDI from sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) rose by 15 per cent in 2009. These funds together accounted for over one tenth of global FDI flows, up from less than 7 per cent in 2000 but down from 22 per cent in the peak year of 2007. FDI by private equity funds was affected both by the drop in their fund-raising and by the collapse of the leveraged buyout market…Funding for SWFs also suffered in 2009, due to declines in commodity prices and trade surpluses. Yet their FDI activity did not decline, reflecting the relatively high growth of the emerging economies that own these funds. New investments were redirected towards the primary sector and industries less vulnerable to financial developments as well as developing regions.”

Anyway, if you don’t have the 95 bucks to buy the report, there is a free overview. To get it, click below:

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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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