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Investment strategies of sovereign wealth funds: the potential and challenges of empirical research

Abdulaziz K. Alosaimi (Accounting Department, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait City, Kuwait)
Mishari M. Alfraih (Accounting Department, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait City, Kuwait)

Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance

ISSN: 1358-1988

Article publication date: 8 March 2023

Issue publication date: 1 August 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore and evaluate the main segments of existing empirical literature related to Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) and provide a thorough investigation of their research questions, theoretical frameworks, data selections and research methodologies.

Design/methodology/approach

The literature on SWFs has been split into three main streams: qualitative studies with theoretical contributions aiming to conceptualize the phenomenon of SWFs; normative assessments of the optimal asset allocations of SWFs; and empirical works that aim to investigate different perspectives of SWFs. The paper attempts to review the state of existing literature relating to these areas by answering specific questions.

Findings

Despite their significant size and potential impact, the literature on SWFs seems to be still in its infancy. The paper collects insights from previous literature, addresses its difficulties and challenges.

Research limitations/implications

The characteristics of the previous empirical literature and the challenges facing this line of research offer an insightful thought for the future research works in this topic.

Originality/value

The paper offers a thorough assessment of the existing empirical research on SWFs and shade some light on the techniques and procedures used.

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Citation

Alosaimi, A.K. and Alfraih, M.M. (2023), "Investment strategies of sovereign wealth funds: the potential and challenges of empirical research", Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, Vol. 31 No. 4, pp. 445-468. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFRC-09-2022-0115

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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