Into the limelight

After years of speculation and theorising over their likely impact, sovereign wealth funds have emerged from the shadows, shaking up financial markets. In a matter of a few short months, various cash-rich government investment arms have assembled sizeable stakes in Wall Street behemoths crippled by the on-going credit market woes. In doing so foreign governments have emerged as a somewhat unexpected source of capital to the increasingly fragile looking Western financial system.

However, the dram

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