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date: 31 October 2020

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The popular press and politicians have expressed concerns regarding the potential destabilizing force of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs). This chapter addresses these concerns by presenting results from the literature on the volatility and compensation of risk of SWF target firms and target markets. SWF investments (sales) are associated with a reduction (increase) in the compensation of risk for a three-year (five-year) term. Firm volatility decomposition suggests that it is mainly idiosyncratic risk that drives these impacts. The chapter reviews evidence and data that show the relationship between SWF investment and firm volatility depends on the investment horizon examined. It explains that the evidence is consistent with the view that the relationship between SWF investment and firm volatility is mainly attributable to idiosyncratic risk.

Keywords: sovereign wealth funds, risk-return performance, volatility, politics, government

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