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CFS Working Paper Series No. 700
Goethe University Frankfurt, Center for Financial Studies (CFS), Frankfurt a. M.
This paper examines the performance of 538 sovereign wealth fund (SWF) investments into venture capital, private equity, and real asset funds ("alternative asset funds") from 52 countries around the world over the years 1995-2020. The data indicate SWFs are significantly slower to fully liquidate and earn lower returns from their investments, particularly from their investments in venture capital funds. The longer duration and lower performance of SWFs is more pronounced for strategic SWFs than savings SWFs. We show that venture capital fund investments are more likely to be in countries with lower quality disclosure indices. SWFs are more often in buyout funds, and in larger funds with a greater number of limited partners. SWF performance is enhanced by having different types of institutional investors in the same limited partnership. Overall, the data indicate sovereign wealth funds make large investments in alternative asset funds with a longer-term view and earn a lower financial return consistent with strategic and political SWF investment motives.
Sovereign wealth funds
Strategic investors
Active investors
Delegated portfolio management
Limited partnerships
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