The allure of private markets

SWFs have piled into the asset class while reserve managers remain wary


Back in 2021, as the Covid-19 pandemic was sending markets into a tailspin, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), an $850 billion Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund (SWF), had a rethink about its investment approach. This involved strengthening internal data systems, moving towards more portfolio-wide measurement metrics and looking much more closely at the role that private assets should be playing in the fund’s overall investment strategy.

“We have spent time in recent years carefully

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