Mapping Sovereign Wealth Funds
The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute has released a new map detailing the city location, asset size and funding source of sovereign wealth funds globally. As of June 2013, there are around $5.474 trillion in sovereign wealth fund assets. Three years ago from June 2013, total volume of sovereign wealth fund assets amounted to US$ 4.107 trillion. In 3 years, sovereign fund assets grew by 33.3% far outpacing public pension asset growth rates.
Geographically, sovereign fund assets are quite dispersed with mega clusters in the Gulf Region and East Asia.
This dynamic sovereign wealth fund map permits users to zoom in and out. The red circles signify sovereign funds deriving wealth from oil & gas sources, while the blue circles describe non-oil & gas sources. The greater the area of the circle denotes a larger SWF size. Some circles contain multiple sovereign funds.
What is a Sovereign Wealth Fund?
A Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) is a state-owned investment fund or entity that is commonly established from balance of payments surpluses, official foreign currency operations, the proceeds of privatizations, governmental transfer payments, fiscal surpluses, and/or receipts resulting from resource exports. The definition of sovereign wealth fund exclude, among other things, foreign currency reserve assets held by monetary authorities for the traditional balance of payments or monetary policy purposes, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the traditional sense, government-employee pension funds (funded by employee/employer contributions), or assets managed for the benefit of individuals.
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