Sovereign fund assets shrink to $3 trln

The Guardian – Value of assets held by the world’s sovereign wealth funds fell to $3 trillion this year from $3.6 trillion at end-2007 as the credit crisis nearly halved their equity portfolio, according to Deutsche Bank.

The German bank’s report on state-owned investment funds also highlighted their positive long-term prospects, with their total assets under management likely to more than double to $7 trillion in the next 10 years.

Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), which have replaced hedge funds and private equity as major movers of corporate mergers and acquisitions, have taken a dent in their wealth after pouring $80 billion into major banks just before the credit crisis escalated into major market turmoil.

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