Sovereign Wealth Fund 2015 Report: SWFs Prove Their Mettle in Stormy Markets

May 09, 2016 by SWC Editors

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Sovereign and government funds faced significant investment challenges in 2015 — but they continued to hew to their long-term goals, allocating more capital than ever before to real estate and infrastructure assets. The following is an excerpt from the Sovereign Wealth Center's 2015 Annual Report, "Sovereign Wealth Funds Prove Their Mettle in Stormy Markets," which has just been released. For your copy, contact Gareth Tapper at +1-212-224-3048 or gtapper@sovereignwealthcenter.com A Challenging Year Sovereign and government funds, especially those from oil-producing countries, faced a trifecta of risks in 2015: stubbornly low oil prices, a strong dollar and volatility in the Chinese stock market. Spot prices for Brent crude, the international benchmark for crude oil prices, averaged just $52 a barrel throughout the year, down 53 percent from the moving average in 2014. By December of last year, the oil price had collapsed to less than $40 per barrel —…

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