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African countries come to the sovereign wealth fund party

Many of the countries with the largest oil reserves also boast the largest sovereign wealth funds (SWFs). And yet African producers, like newcomer Ghana, Angola, and Nigeria which has been pumping oil since the 1950s, haven’t saved much of their oil revenue. Now, in an effort to replicate the long-term growth of funds like Norway’s […]
Emerging Markets

Investors look to broaden debt exposures

At a time of increasing risk and diminishing returns from traditional government bond investments, a growing number of large investors are beginning to cast their eyes toward emerging markets as a way to broaden their fixed-income portfolios. Paul O’Brien, head of fixed-income strategy at The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), considered by many to be […]

Money for water

The global scarcity of water continues to make headlines, but a water-themed investment approach is only just starting to make waves with large institutional investors. Estimates of the assets in equity funds in this niche corner of the investment world vary from about $3 billion to $6 billion in funds under management – a veritable […]

SWFs in real estate

The 800-pound gorilla of the real estate market, sovereign wealth funds, is increasingly exercising its muscle by investing directly in property as a way of cutting fees and potentially achieving better returns, new research finds. The latest snapshot of sovereign wealth funds’ interest in property by alternative-asset researcher Preqin shows that 85 per cent of […]

ADIA positive on equities outlook

The world’s largest SWF, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), added a number of new portfolios to equities and fixed income and reorganised its internal passive equities team in 2010, according to its second ever annual report, in which it also predicted a positive outlook for equities. Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, ADIA, Asset Allocation, equities, […]

Korea and Abu Dhabi funds signal future co-investments

The South Korean Government has teamed with Abu Dhabi’s largest sovereign wealth fund, the $627 billion Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), to jointly pursue future investment opportunities. Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, ADIA, Ahn Chang-kuk, South Korean GovernmentAsset Owner: Simon Mumme is the editor of Investment Magazine, the market leading monthly publication which focuses on the […]

ADIA looks to GM for economist

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority has hired General Motors’ chief economist and director of global economic and industry analysis, Ted Chu, as its chief economist. Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, ADIA, Jean-Paul Villain, Ted ChuAsset Owner:Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)World Bank White is responsible for the content across all Conexus Financial’s institutional media and events. In […]

…as Gulf funds buoyant on BP

Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) from the Gulf swooped in to buy stakes in troubled financial institutions during the financial crisis – now there is speculation they are sizing up stakes in BP as the oil giant seeks to raise capital following the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Investors from the Middle East were running a ruler over […]