Sovereign Wealth Enterprise (SWE)
Sovereign Wealth Enterprise – A sovereign investment vehicle that is owned and controlled by a sovereign wealth fund.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: There are a variety of different reasons. One is for flexibility. A sovereign wealth fund could have a strict investment mandate in place; however, the sovereign wealth enterprise has its own rules. For instance, many public pension funds are unable to short stocks. To get around this they can hire an external manager to manage a portfolio that could have a long-short strategy.
A second reason could be transparency. If a sovereign wealth fund has hundreds of sovereign wealth enterprises, it is harder to track their holdings. Lastly, is to avoid being lumped into the same category as a sovereign wealth fund and avoid the public spotlight.
A: We are not certain of the aggregate asset size of sovereign wealth enterprises but they cannot be larger than the total size of sovereign wealth funds since they are merely a component of some sovereign wealth funds.
A: A SOE can be considered a sovereign wealth enterprise if it is directly under the control of a Sovereign Wealth Fund.