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Asia's Sovereign Wealth Funds And Reform Of The Global Reserve System

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Executive Summary

This paper explores the potential contribution of Asia's Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) to the reform of the global foreign exchange reserve system. By diversifying the investment of Asia's huge reserves into non-dollar denominated assets, Asian SWFs can help to dilute the dominant role of the US dollar as the global reserve currency. At the same time, by exposing reserve managers to a more diverse mix of currencies and asset classes, SWFs will better prepare them for the less dollar-centric global reserve system of the future.

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