Sovereign Wealth Fund Trends 2012 - Geography

May 12, 2013 by Loch Adamson

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Despite its ongoing recession, Europe remained the most attractive region for sovereign wealth funds in 2012, accounting for 53 percent or $28.2 billion of their reported investment value for the year. However, these investments don’t signal a vote of confidence in the European economy. SWFs largely invested in safe-haven assets such as premium commercial properties in London and Paris. Besides hedging against inflation as real estate prices and rents increase over time, these investments provide a steady cash flow because such properties seldom lack for tenants. SWFs also favored commodity-producing companies based in Europe. The most notable such deal was Qatar Investment Authority’s £2.95 billion ($5.05 billion)…

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