If Size Matters, Financial Sector Most Attractive for Sovereign Wealth Funds Between 2007 to 2013

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Source: Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, April 2014, Billions USD

In the past decade, sovereign wealth funds produced major strides when it comes to direct investing. From the start of 2007, till the end of 2013, the top three sectors for direct sovereign wealth fund investment were financials, real estate and energy. The 2007 banking bailouts are still major contributors to the financial sector aggregate figure.

Gazing forward, 2014 and 2015 are projected to be very active years for the asset-bulky sovereign wealth funds in direct investing.

According to the proprietary Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, the financial sector led the pack with over US$ 206 billion transactions recorded from 2007 till the end of 2013. Institutional real estate totaled US$ 83.1 billion, a dramatic jump from the 2005 to 2011 figure of US$ 54.5 billion. Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), Singapore’s GIC Private Limited and the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority were some major sovereign wealth fund investors in properties globally.[ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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