In the inaugural edition of the Global Public Investor, OMFIF wishes to promote a spirit of enhanced worldwide economic knowledge-sharing and cooperation. In an interconnected, multifaceted and international environment, the challenges, complexities and costs of public sector asset management are rising incessantly – but so are the potential rewards.

Although we make such claims with caution, this publication appears to be a ‘first’. No previous full-scale analysis seems available of the gamut of institutions handling publicly-owned and -managed financial assets, across a wide spectrum of instruments, held and traded on international markets.

OMFIF brings together in three broad (and often partly overlapping) categories central banks, sovereign funds of many hues, and an even greater variety of public pension funds. We are pleased to have assembled in coming pages 64 contributors from 56 institutions in 32 countries across all continents for a total of 61 articles on Global Public Investor behaviour.

Our GPI Ranking of 400 institutions ranked in order of assets under management includes entities from 162 countries. Of these different investment entities, 51 are from Africa, 92 from Asia-Pacific, 94 from Europe, 41 from Latin America and the Caribbean, 33 from the Middle East, and 89 from North America.

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