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SWFs: Hedging bets

Posted on 27 February 2009

From Isn.ethz.ch: Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) are taking stock of the global downturn, which has not only eaten into their revenue streams, but left the funds with registered losses of 20-30 percent on average, measured against their 2007 asset portfolio.

SWFs recent rise to prominence has sparked some public debate, and quite a bit of pundit and policymaker navel-gazing, with Cassandras lifting their heads to shout their fears of Gulf and Asian covert takeovers of key western banks and even utilities. Now the debate has capsized - with western governments seeking revenues to underwrite pump-priming economic interventions at home. …. Full Article: Source


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