Sovereign Wealth Funds: Love and Loathing in the Financial Markets

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Case Length : 16 Pages
Period : 2001-2006
Pub Date : 2008
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : -
Industry : Finance
Countries : Worldwide


This case discusses the growth in the number and size of Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) and their increasing influence in the global financial markets in the 2000s.

It begins with a brief introduction to the origins of SWFs and their objectives, and then highlights the arguments of their supporters and detractors.

The case also discusses the views of policymakers and analysts on regulating SWFs.


Understand the origin and evolution of SWFs

Assess the positive and the negative impacts of these funds on the global financial market

Discuss the pros and cons of regulating/restricting their activities


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Introduction 1
Sovereign Wealth Funds: The What and The Why 2
Growing Influence of SWFs 3
Transparency Issues 4
More Regulation 6
The Road Ahead 7
Exhibits 8


Sovereign Wealth Funds, Global financial markets, Regulation, International lender of last resort, Stabilization funds, Pension reserve funds, Transparency, Investment strategy

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