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Direct sovereign wealth fund transactions drop 36% in 2012

Data released earlier this week by the Sovereign Wealth Institute reveal that total direct investments made by sovereign wealth funds in 2012 was $57.3 billion. That figure is down 36% from 2011's $89.5 billion, and down 46% from a high of $105.6 billion. The largest growth by sector was seen in consumer staples, information technology, materials and real estate; while direct investments in media and entertainment, financials, telecom and industrials saw the greatest declines.