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Ashby Monk, Ph.D., executive director of the Global Projects Center at Stanford University and a senior research associate at the University of Oxford, has been blogging about sovereign and pension funds since 2008. 

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Welcome, Mongolia, To The SWF Club

As I noted back in January, resource-rich Mongolia has been planning to unleash an arsenal of institutional weaponry to avoid the ‘resource curse’ and, instead, use its natural bounty to be a catalyst for growth. News out this morning confirms some of the country's plans. Indeed, according to the Bloomberg,

“Mongolia plans to set up a new sovereign wealth fund with $600 million after the country’s June elections, Vice Minister of Finance Ganhuyag Chuluun Hutagt said at a conference in London today.

The country also plans to raise the size of its existing stabilization fund to $500 million from $200 million by the end of the year, he told reporters at the Mongolia Capital Markets Day conference at the London Stock Exchange.

The new fund, which will finance pensions, is set to be created on July 1, Ganhuyag said.”

Welcome, Mongolia, to the SWF club!