Private Matters: Sovereign Wealth Funds Pour Money into Private Market Investments

September 22, 2014 by Loch Adamson, Georgina Hurst

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PRIVATE DEALS ARE NOW a big deal for sovereign wealth funds. Over the past six years, the funds have doubled their allocations to private market investments, sinking money into everything from French hotels and Australian ports to at least one national airline, all in a bid to diversify and boost returns. The Sovereign Wealth Center estimates that nearly $1 trillion was committed to private assets as of June 2014, out of a total pool of about $5 trillion managed by the funds. Sovereign wealth funds most frequent targets: real estate and infrastructure. Last year’s biggest private market purchase was…

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