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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However, the growth in the size and number of SWFs led to more calls for regulation. "Best practices and principles could help ease the concerns about SWFs in recipient countries,"said Jaime Caruana, Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the IMF.

In February 2008, Australia officially came up with a set of principles that SWFs would have to follow when they invested in that country. In March 2008, the US Treasury officials met with executives from two SWFs, ADIA of UAE and GIC of Singapore. Both parties reached an agreement regarding the norms that the funds would have to follow to invest in the US...

The Road Ahead

According to IMF forecasts in 2008, the combined current account surplus of China and oil-exporting countries would be around $800 billion over the next three years. The IMF estimated that SWF assets could grow to US$ 6-10 trillion within the next five years. According to Morgan Stanley, the world's SWFs would grow from US$ 2.5 trillion in 2008 to almost US$ 12 trillion by 2015.

As SWFs were controlled by governments, their growth seemed to strengthen the role of government in business and in making investment decisions...


Exhibit I: Number of Sovereign Wealth Funds: 1950s-2000s

Exhibit II: Some Sovereign Wealth Funds

Exhibit III: Capital Injection by SWFs in Different Institutions: 2007-2008

Exhibit IV: Structure of Some SWFs


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