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Sovereign wealth fund investment decisions: Temasek Holdings


  • Richard Heaney

    (School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, RMIT University, Australia)

  • Larry Li

    (School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, RMIT University, Australia)

  • Vicar Valencia

    (Rochester Institute of Technology)


Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) are investment portfolios and savings funds that are controlled and actively managed by a sovereign government. In this paper, we document the investment behaviour of a specific fund, Temasek Holdings, which is the Singapore government’s SWF. Using a sample dataset of 150 publicly listed Singapore firms over the period 2000—2004, we find evidence suggesting that Temasek has a predisposition to invest in firms that are relatively large and have few director block holders. The incentive to invest also increases in firms with lower systematic risk and with compensation schemes that provide the board of directors with stocks and options.

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  • Richard Heaney & Larry Li & Vicar Valencia, 2011. "Sovereign wealth fund investment decisions: Temasek Holdings," Australian Journal of Management, Australian School of Business, vol. 36(1), pages 109-120, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:ausman:v:36:y:2011:i:1:p:109-120

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    Cited by:

    1. Paul Calluzzo & G Nathan Dong & David Godsell, 2017. "Sovereign wealth fund investments and the US political process," Journal of International Business Studies, Palgrave Macmillan;Academy of International Business, vol. 48(2), pages 222-243, February.
    2. Kerry Liu, 2017. "Singapores Temasek Holdings Control Mechanisms and the Performance of the Firms Controlled by Temasek," Asian Economic and Financial Review, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 7(2), pages 188-205, February.

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