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Sovereign Wealth Funds and Long-Term Investing

by Patrick Bolton

Sovereign Wealth Funds and Long-Term Investing Synopsis

Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) are state-owned investment funds with combined asset holdings that are fast approaching four trillion dollars. Recently emerging as a major force in global financial markets, SWFs have other distinctive features besides their state-owned status: they are mainly located in developing countries and are intimately tied to energy and commodities exports, and they carry virtually no liabilities and have little redemption risk, which allows them to take a longer-term investment outlook than most other institutional investors. Edited by a Nobel laureate, a respected academic at the Columbia Business School, and a longtime international banker and asset manager, this volume examines the specificities of SWFs in greater detail and discusses the implications of their growing presence for the world economy. Based on essays delivered in 2011 at a major conference on SWFs held at Columbia University, this volume discusses the objectives and performance of SWFs, as well as their benchmarks and governance. What are the opportunities for SWFs as long-term investments? How do they fulfill their socially responsible mission? And what role can SWFs play in fostering sustainable development and greater global financial stability? These are some of the crucial questions addressed in this one-of-a-kind volume.

Sovereign Wealth Funds and Long-Term Investing Press Reviews

This book is an excellent in-depth exploration of how the wealth of future generations can be put to use in addressing the critical issues of our time. Having gone from foe to friend in the global financial crisis, sovereign wealth funds now clearly have an important role to play in improving governance, preserving the planet, sustaining global financial stability, and ensuring long-term growth. -- Erik Berglof, chief economist and special adviser to the president at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development This book is an excellent and in-depth exploration of how to look at the wealth of future generations with respect to the critical issues of our time. Clearly long term investors and sovereign funds have a prominent place in our shared global values to preserve the planet and to build a more sustainable future. -- Robert Tessier, Chairman of the Board of Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec SWFs now have major opportunities that are too good to miss - investing for the long term and investing in low-carbon technology. This book provides a road map for actions which can accelerate sustainable investment whilst helping the world manage the macroeconomic crises facing this decade and managing potential future crises of climate change. -- Nicholas Stern, London School of Economics and former chief economist of the World Bank

Book Information

ISBN: 9780231158626
Publication date: 15th November 2011
Author: Patrick Bolton
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: Investment & securities,

About Patrick Bolton

Patrick Bolton is the Barbara and David Zalaznick Professor of Business at Columbia Business School and a member of the Committee on Global Thought. He is also codirector of the Center for Contracts and Economic Organization at the Columbia Law School. His areas of interest are corporate finance, banking, sovereign debt, political economy, and law and economics. He wrote Contract Theory with Mathias Dewatripont and coedited Credit Markets for the Poor with Howard Rosenthal. Frederic Samama is founder and head of the steering committee of the SWF Research Initiative at Paris Dauphine University. Formerly, he oversaw Corporate Equity Derivatives within ...

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