12.07.2013 - The $5.2 trillion sovereign wealth market
Government-owned investment funds are becoming bigger and bigger, gobbling up massive stakes in Western corporations. These Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) hold financial assets, such as stocks and bonds, in their portfolios. Foreign exchange assets, with many coming from oil and gas earnings, are used to purchase these financial assets. Although the first such fund, the Kuwait Investment Authority, was established in 1953, SWFs didnít rise in prominence until about 2005, when roughly 30 SWFs were created. The exact number of SWFs existing today is not known, given the lack of transparency in some countries. However, the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute publishes a list of 69 SWFs, detailing each fundís assets, year of inception, funding source, and the Linaburg-Maduell Transparency Index, which indicates how difficult it is to obtain information about the fund...............................................Full Article: Source
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