The Daily Brief

Ashby Monk

And now, the news:

  • Papua New Guinea’s new SWF Bill went through its second reading yesterday successfully. Policymakers hope to have the new SWF finalized before the 2012 budget is passed.
  • The Qatar Investment Authority is looking to deploy $1 billion in Indonesia for raw materials.
  • Russia has decided to exempt UAE sovereign investors from taxation of gains.
  • MIGA has published its 2011 ‘World Investment and Political Risk‘ report. Some points of interest:
    • Investors remain concerned about macroeconomic stability and capital availability in the short term.
    • Developing countries now attract two-fifths of global FDI and originate close to one-fifth of overseas investment.
    • “Resource nationalism” (and nationalization) continues to be a problem in the global economy.
    • Investors are “cautiously optimistic” about the investment climate in developing countries for next 12 months.
    • Investors are very confident about the investment climate in the developing world over the next three years (75% of corporate respondents to the MIGA survey will expand in developing countries over this period).
    • The Arab Spring has not changed the investment plans of a significant majority of investors.

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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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