by Eliot Kalter, Patrick J. Schena
Edwin M. (“Ted”) Truman is a noted voice among sovereign wealth fund watchers and scholars. His most recent book, Sovereign Wealth Funds: Threat or Salvation? (Peterson Institute, 2010), explores the origins of SWFs and the buildup of international reserves, and unveils a “scoreboard” that ranks funds in 33 variables across four categories: structure, governance, transparency, and accountability.
Sovereign Wealth Fund Initiative (SWFI) co-heads Eliot Kalter and Patrick Schena had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Ted Truman in March 2012 to discuss the proliferation of new Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs), current trends in investment decisions, and the future role of the IMF’s International Forum of SWF.