Sovereign Wealth Funds Poised to Reach $7 Trillion by 2015

sovereign wealth fund assetsAs of November 2014, sovereign wealth fund assets totaled US$ 6.977 trillion compared to US$ 6.106 trillion in December 2013. This nearly US$ 900 billion increase can be attributed by improvements in investment returns and capital flows into sovereign wealth fund vehicles. In December 2007, sovereign wealth fund assets amounted to US$ 3.259 trillion. This unprecedented growth in public assets is having tremendous influence toward policymaking, economic stability, investment banking and asset management.

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By taking an average quarterly SWF asset growth figure from (December 2010 to September 2014) which equates to 3.16%, by December 2016, sovereign wealth funds could reach US$ 9 trillion in assets. Tweaking it to 5% quarterly growth in assets, by December 2016, sovereign wealth fund assets would be at US$ 10.3 trillion.

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In addition, the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, funds above US$ 100 billion, are the most active in making direct investments. Some of the world’s biggest sovereign wealth funds are the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global and the China Investment Corporation. According to data from the Sovereign Wealth Fund Transaction Database, sovereign wealth funds in total invested US$ 17.5 billion for the 1st 3 quarters of 2014 compared to US$ 12.95 billion for the 1st 3 quarters of 2013 in direct real estate.

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