Sovereign Wealth Funds: Love and Loathing in the Financial Markets


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Case Code : BENV018
Case Length : 15 Pages
Period : 2001-2008
Pub Date : 2008
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Carrefour/ Tesco/ Wal-Mart
Industry : Retail
Countries : China

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Sovereign Wealth Funds: The What and The Why

SWFs are "pools of money derived from a country's reserves, which are set aside for investment purposes that will benefit the country's economy and citizens."

The money for investment "comes from central bank reserves that accumulate as a result of budget and trade surpluses, and even from revenue generated from the exports of natural resources."

Growing Influence of SWFs

In the 2000s, a large number of new funds came into existence and SWFs started gaining prominence in the international financial markets (Refer Exhibit I for the growth in the number of SWFs). The growing number of SWFs in the emerging economies reflected the remarkable shift of emerging market economies from having current account deficits to having surpluses. In contrast, the developed countries like the US and the UK were recording current account deficits...

Transparency Issues

While the size and influence of SWFs were growing, concerns were voiced about their lack of transparency.

The fact that it was difficult to differentiate a foreign institutional investor (FII) from an SWF was also a matter for discussion.

While FIIs were driven by the profit maximizing objective, the real investment objectives of SWFs were not clear to many...

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