Podcasts: SWFs and the global financial crisis

What exactly are sovereign wealth funds and what do they do?

For starters, they are collectively a pool of capital estimated to be somewhere between about three and a half trillion to nearly seven trillion dollars. As state institutions, funded with commodity revenue or cash from the sale of state assets, sovereign wealth funds are shrouded in mystery. But that huge and growing pool of assets makes them big players in the world of money management and a big potential client base for managers and consultants alike.

These podcasts are companions to our sovereign wealth fund special report, which can be found here.

Our report, which includes profiles of some of the largest sovereign wealth funds, is based on a survey conducted in April by the Oxford University Center for Employement, Work and Finance. The survey was co-sponsored by P&I.

In this podcast, P&I's London Bureau chief Thao Hua, speaks with Gordon L. Clark, Oxford University's Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, and Ashby Monk, a research fellow at Oxford, who together directed the survey and wrote a report based on the survey's findings.



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Special Report: Sovereign Wealth Funds, Part II

In Part one of our Sovereign Wealth Fund podcast series, we examined the structure of sovereign wealth funds and how the global financial crises affected them. In Part II, we discuss which money managers are likely to be the big winners as SWFs diversify their assets into such areas as alternative investments and equities. In addition, we look at the likely role investment consultants will play. To listen, click below



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