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M.S. in International Studies


International Studies


The past decade has seen a rise in sovereign wealth funds. Many of the dealings of sovereign wealth funds remain shrouded in secrecy, leading to suspicions about their motives. This secrecy is at odds with standards applied in global financial markets where the large majority of players have very detailed and exhaustive disclosure requirements. Given that many sovereign wealth funds have reached a size where they have become potential market movers, there is a case for making them liable to the same requirements. This paper undertakes an examination of sovereign wealth funds. Specifically, the paper will examine the rise of the sovereign wealth funds in the countries of Singapore, Norway, and United Arab Emirates. The focus of this paper will be to analyze the rapid growth of sovereign wealth funds in these three countries and determine if global protectionism is as warranted as it appears to be.

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