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What is a sovereign fund and how does it differ from the Deposits and Loans Fund?
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What is a sovereign fund and how does it differ from the Deposits and Loans Fund?

A sovereign fund is a type of investment fund owned by a national government or one of its agencies, which manages a portion of a State’s financial reserves.
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7 FEB, 2024

By Johanna Zidani from RankiaPro Europe

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In a world characterized by financial complexity and economic interdependence, institutions such as sovereign funds and the Deposits and Loans Fund (CDP) play a significant role in shaping a country's financial landscape. However, while both focus on managing state financial resources, it is important to understand the distinctions between the two. In this article, we will explore what sovereign funds are, how they differ from the CDP, and what the implications of these differences are for a country's economy.

What is a sovereign fund?

A sovereign fund is a type of investment fund owned by a national government or one of its agencies, which manages a portion of a State's financial reserves.

Sovereign funds are usually established by countries that have accumulated significant financial reserves through revenues from commodities, trade surpluses, or other sources of income, and invest in a wide range of assets, including stocks, bonds, real estate, and other forms of investment such as "real assets", i.e., infrastructure, real estate, and natural resources. The main objective of such investments is to achieve long-term returns in order to support the economic development of the country of origin.

The investment horizon is long-term, as the goal is not to achieve quick gains, but to gradually grow capital over time while limiting the risk of losses

The role of sovereign funds

The role of sovereign funds in the global economy is significant and diversified. Here are some key aspects:

  • International investments: Sovereign funds play an important role in global financial markets, investing in a wide range of assets in different countries and sectors. These investments can influence capital flows, asset prices, and investment strategies globally.
  • Diversification of foreign reserves: Sovereign funds help countries diversify their foreign reserves, reducing the risk of excessive concentration in a single currency or asset. This diversification can contribute to financial stability and the reduction of systemic risk globally.

  • Economic stabilization: In some cases, sovereign funds can be used to stabilize the national economy during periods of financial turbulence or economic crises. They can provide liquidity to the domestic market or support key sectors of the economy, thus helping to mitigate the negative effects of global economic crises.

  • Infrastructure development: Sovereign funds can play an important role in financing infrastructure projects globally, such as roads, bridges, airports, ports, and transport networks. These investments contribute to economic growth and the improvement of infrastructure in developing and developed countries.

  • Natural resource management: Sovereign funds often manage revenues from natural resources, such as oil, gas, and minerals, to preserve national wealth and ensure long-term benefits for the population. They can invest in sustainable development projects and diversify revenues to reduce dependence on a single source of income

Types of sovereign funds

The types of sovereign funds can vary based on their structure, their objectives, and their functions. Below are some of the main types of sovereign funds:

     

      • Stabilization funds: These sovereign funds aim to stabilize the national economy during periods of volatility or fluctuations in commodity prices. They accumulate financial reserves during periods of abundance to be used during crisis periods.

      • Reserve funds: Reserve funds are established to meet future financial commitments, such as pension payments or other long-term obligations. They are designed to ensure the country's financial security in the long term.

      • Pension funds: These sovereign funds are specifically dedicated to covering the future pension needs of the population. They accumulate financial resources through contributions or investments to ensure sustainable pension payments over time.

      • Development Funds: Some sovereign funds are created to finance economic and social development projects within the country, such as infrastructure, education, health and other public utility initiatives.

      • Sovereign Wealth Funds: These sovereign funds are established to invest revenues from natural resources, such as oil, gas, mineral and other primary goods. They aim to manage and diversify such revenues to preserve national wealth and ensure long-term benefits for the population.

      • Strategic Funds: These sovereign funds are created to pursue specific strategic objectives, such as the acquisition of companies or resources in key sectors for the national economy, the promotion of technological innovation or participation in international projects of strategic importance.

    What are the main sovereign funds that exist?

    Some of the most important sovereign funds worldwide include:

       

        • Norway's Government Pension Fund Global: Managed by Norges Bank Investment Management, it is one of the largest sovereign funds in the world and primarily invests in global equities and bonds.

        • China's China Investment Corporation (CIC): Founded in 2007, the CIC manages China's foreign exchange reserves and invests in a wide range of global assets, including stocks, bonds, real estate and private equity.

        • United Arab Emirates' Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA): With a history spanning over 40 years, the ADIA is one of the largest sovereign funds in the world and invests in various asset classes, including securities, infrastructure, real estate and private equity.

        • Kuwait's Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA): Founded in 1953, the KIA manages Kuwait's financial reserves and invests in a wide range of assets, including stocks, bonds, real estate and alternatives.

        • Qatar's Qatar Investment Authority (QIA): Manages Qatar's financial reserves and invests in various asset classes, including securities, real estate, private equity and infrastructure.

      These are just a few examples of prominent sovereign funds globally, but there are many other active sovereign funds around the world, each with their own investment strategies and objectives.

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