31.08.2012 - Low yield environment increases sovereign wealth fund pressures
Low nominal rates and the end to so-called "risk free" investing is adding to the growing pressure on sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) to perform. Relative to pre-2008 levels, official institutions which hold some $10tn in foreign exchange reserves lose approximately $250bn a year. This reality is forcing sovereign wealth funds to critically examine their investments and look for ways to recapture some of those losses. "Managers of public wealth have been impacted by the crisis like every other investor, institutional and individual. They have realized that there are no longer assets that are entirely risk free. They are under huge pressure to find more income; since 2008, because of the decline in nominal rates, they are earning hundreds of billions of dollars less," explains Terrence Keeley, Global Head of BlackRock’s Official Institutions Group,in an interview with Opalesque...............................................Full Article: Source