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Sovereign Wealth Funds: Size, economic effects and policy reactions

  • Jost, Thomas
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    The emergence of Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) and some spectacular investments of these funds in recent years have caused widespread attention on international financial markets. Most SWFs are domiciled in Arabian countries, East Asia and Russia. Their low transparency led to concerns that SWFs could threat national security and the economic order of industrialised countries. This paper describes the growth and the investment strategy of SWFs, the impact of their investments on host and investing countries as well as policy reactions of selected countries. Several international organisations (European Union, OECD, the IMF together with the International Working Group of Sovereign Funds) have already undertaken initiatives that will help to improve the transparency and accountability of SWFs and to develop best practices for investing countries as well as for recipient countries. National policy reactions of several host countries, like the tightening of rules for cross-border investments in the United States and in Germany, were therefore rather counterproductive.

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    Paper provided by University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weiden (OTH) in its series OTH im Dialog: Weidener Diskussionspapiere with number 13.

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    Date of creation: 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:zbw:hawdps:13
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    1. Roland Beck & Michael Fidora, 2008. "The impact of sovereign wealth funds on global financial markets," Intereconomics: Review of European Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 43(6), pages 349-358, November.
    2. Edwin M. Truman, 2007. "Sovereign Wealth Funds: The Need for Greater Transparency and Accountability," Policy Briefs PB07-6, Peterson Institute for International Economics.
    3. Shams Butt & Anil Shivdasani & Carsten Stendevad & Ann Wyman, 2008. "Sovereign Wealth Funds: A Growing Global Force in Corporate Finance," Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Morgan Stanley, vol. 20(1), pages 73-83.
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