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Sovereign Wealth Funds: Fiscal Buffers against the Deterioration of Oil Prices?

The drop in the price of oil to just above US$60/barrel in early 2015 has triggered a debate about the resilience of oil economies against an oil price decline shock. What is the role of sovereign wealth funds and government reserves in providing adequate buffers against declining revenues of global oil and gas exporters?

Santiago Compliance Index 2014: Assessing Governance Arrangements and Financial Disclosure Policies of Global Sovereign Wealth Funds

The Generally Accepted Principles and Practices (GAPP) for sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), also known as the “Santiago Principles”, are a voluntary code that commits SWFs to a set of generic good governance and financial disclosure standards. As of October 2014, 31 SWFs, with combined assets under management (AUM) of roughly US$4 trillion, have endorsed the Principles. The Santiago Compliance Index 2014 (SCI) represents GeoEconomica’s judgement on the degree to which individual SWFs had implemented the Principles' standards as of October 2014.

SWF Performance Review 2013

By our – conservative – estimate, the sovereign wealth fund (SWF) industry grew about 20 percent to US$4 trillion in 2013. This is substantial and consolidates the prominent position that SWFs occupy in the global financial system. Our July update provides some pointers about key drivers of SWF growth. As usual, we distribute our brief directly through GeoEconomica, in addition to Thomson Reuters and S&P Capital IQ distribution platforms.