In a World Awash with Risk, SWFs Urge Caution

November 29, 2017 by SWC Editors

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The Sovereign Wealth Center recently released its comprehensive review of SWF direct-investment trends in 2016 – and took stock of changing dynamics in the first half of 2017 as SWFs responded to rising interest rates and shifting macroeconomic risks. The excerpt below is drawn from the full report, "In a World Awash with Risk, SWFs Urge Caution," which is available only to eligible Elite and Ultimate subscribers. SWFs Reassess Portfolio Exposures Amid Rising Geopolitical Risks Uncertainty emerged as the dominant theme of sovereign wealth fund (SWF) investment in 2016, but the pullback was not unexpected. Ever since oil prices collapsed in the summer of 2014, financial analysts have been watching for signs that SWFs were starting to retrench, liquidating holdings and focusing more closely on domestic economic challenges. By and large, however, those fears proved baseless. In 2015, the 43 largest SWFs tracked by the Sovereign Wealth Center…

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