Sovereign Funds Increase U.S. Investment Activity in 2015
Over the past ten years, high oil prices have filled the coffers of Gulf sovereign wealth funds like the Kuwait Investment Authority and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). Times have changed. With today’s low global oil prices, wealth funds have shifted investment strategies, placing a focus on developed markets like the United States. Sovereign wealth funds have more than doubled direct investments in the United States in the first half of 2015 compared to the first half of 2014. Direct investments by institutional investors is typically a strong sign of confidence for that particular country. According to the Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database (SWFTD), which tracks direct sovereign fund and pension transactions, wealth funds invested US$ 8.5 billion directly into the United States in the first half of 2015.
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