Asian sovereign funds are biggest SWF spenders in 2009

Asian SWFs have overtaken Middle East government investment arms as the largest acquirers of assets this year, and the biggest increase in spending is in the natural resources sector.

There have been some major shifts in sovereign wealth fund SWF trends this year, one of which has been Asia-based institutions accounting for a higher share of the overall investments relative to those in other regions. Also notable is a sectoral shift towards natural resources assets, according to Barclays Capital.

The SWF sector, with its estimated $6 trillion in assets, has also put more of a focus on risk management and credit assets in their portfolios, says Gay...

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