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SWF Institute rankings: total sovereign wealth funds' assets amount to $5,473bn

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Benedicte Gravrand, Opalesque Geneva: - According to the SWF Institute's latest Sovereign Wealth Fund Rankings, the total amount of sovereign wealth funds' asset under management is now $5,473bn, to which oil and gas related revenues contributed $3,193bn.

The rankings show Norway’s Government Pension Fund on top of the list, with $737bn in asset under management (AuM). The fund gets its capital mainly from oil revenues, and it scores 10 points out of 10 in the Linaburg-Maduell Transparency Index.

It is followed by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s fund ($627bn in AuM, origin: oil, and index: 5 points); China’s SAFE Investment Company (around $567bn in AuM, origin: non-commodity, index: 4); Saudi Arabia’s SAMA Foreign Holdings ($532bn, origin: oil, index: 4 points); and the Kuwait Investment Authority fund ($342bn, origin: oil, index: 7 points).

At the end of 2010, 58% of SWFs’ funding came from oil and gas related revenues. Asia had the greatest amount of SWFs, namely 40%, followed by the Middle East with 35% and Europe with 17%. The Americas and Africa only had each 3% of the share.

Assets to increase further According to SWF Institute, AuM increased from $3,265bn in the 3rd quarter of 2007 to $5,473bn in the 2nd quarter of 2013, with a dip in the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2009. Assets broke the $5tln threshold in June 2012.

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