Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute

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Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute
Private Company
Founded 2007
Headquarters Las Vegas US
Number of locations
3 in 1 country
Key people
Carl Linaburg, Michael Maduell
Products Research, Events, Consulting

The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute or SWF Institute, or SWFI, is a global corporation analyzing public asset owners such as sovereign wealth funds and other long-term governmental investors. Initially, the Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute focused solely on sovereign wealth funds. It has branched out to cover all types of public institutional investors. The institute is a financial data vendor but provides information to the media as well.[1][2][3] It was founded by Michael Maduell and Carl Linaburg in late 2007.[4]

SWFI sells data subscriptions to asset managers, banks, researchers, universities, governments, institutional investors, asset owners, corporations, law firms and other entities.

Transparency Ratings[edit]

The SWFI came out with the Linaburg-Maduell Transparency Index in 2008. It is a 10-point scale based on ten principles of transparency, each adding one point to the index rating. The index is used by sovereign wealth funds in their annual reports.[5][6]


The SWFI tracks direct deals in sovereign wealth funds. The value of global direct deals by sovereign-wealth funds hit $50.02 billion in the first half of 2014.[7]


  1. ^ Kim, Susanna. "Why Norwegians Are Millionaires and Americans Are Paupers". ABC News. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Blas, Javier. "Protecting Nigeria oil SWF is no easy task". Financial Times. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Abedine, Saad. "Body of Abu Dhabi sovereign-wealth fund chief found". CNN. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Allen, Brad (30 May 2014). "Is there an SWF in your future?". IR Magazine. 
  5. ^ "The State Oil Fund of the Republic of Azerbaijan ranks among the highest in Transparency Index". SOFAZ. Retrieved 11 April 2009. 
  6. ^ "NSIA Rated Transparent by Sovereign Wealth Institute". Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority. 16 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Dunkley, Dan (7 August 2014). "Sovereign-Wealth Funds Pump Near Record Amount of Cash in Deals". Wall Street Journal.