Weekend Reading

Ashby Monk

I’ll be on the road next week attending the Institutional Investor Roundtable in Kuala Lumpur. It should be a lot of fun. If you’re attending, don’t hesitate to introduce yourself and say hello.

Depending on the conference ground rules, I do hope to share some of my thoughts and reactions from the proceedings on this blog and potentially even do some live tweeting during the conference. (…I’ll have to see if I can muster the strength to be “that guy” typing away on his phone while somebody is trying to present. Actually, now that I think about it, I doubt I’ll be doing any live tweeting, but I will do some updates at the breaks…)

Anyway, I did manage to scrounge up a few interesting things for the weekend:

  • First, given that I’m off trotting the globe, I thought I’d share a wonderful map (…I told you, I love maps…) that the NBIM put together. It highlights their global investments, and it’s cool.
  • Second, Trond Døskeland has (what looks to be) a very interesting paper entitled, “Investment Strategy of Sovereign Wealth Funds.” I’d really love to read it and tell you all about it, but for some darn reason the Oxford School of Geography and the Environment doesn’t have access to the journal, Energy, Natural Resources, and Environmental Economics. How is that even possible? Anyway, maybe some kind reader out there will send me a PDF?
  • Finally, Jory Surendranath, Mark J. Perry and Thomas A. Hemphill have (what looks to be) another interesting paper entitled, “The role of sovereign wealth funds in global financial intermediation.” This one is in the Thunderbird International Business Review, which (and this one is a bit more understandable) our department also doesn’t subscribe to. Once again, if you have a copy, send it along.

Enjoy your weekend!

3 Responses to “Weekend Reading”


  1. 1 Sven Behrendt October 30, 2010 at 4:04 am

    It is interesting that the NBIM does not have one single equity investment in the Arab part of the Middle East, if I read the map correctly.

  2. 2 Salar Ghahramani October 31, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Thanks, Ashby. Just had a chance to read “The Role of Sovereign
    Wealth Funds in Global Financial Intermediation” by Jory et al. The article is fairly thorough and a good read but contains one inaccuracy that is worth correcting: The authors mention that “In October 2008, the IMF published a set of Generally Accepted Principles and Practices, known as the Santiago Principles, as best practices for SWFs” (pg. 594).

    The Santiago Principles were drafted by the International Working Group of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IWG), a voluntary group of SWFs. The IMF’s role was simply to facilitate the discussions. It did not author nor recommend the principles.


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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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