Saudi wealth fund is making another splash but this time at home

SourceArabian Business
SectorFinancial Markets
CountrySaudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is turning homeward. Handed $40 billion earlier this year to buy global stocks, the Public Investment Fund will plough the same amount into the domestic economy next year and again in 2022. Some of the local investments could be funded by liquidating existing assets, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a rare statement last week. The $347bn sovereign investor is a key lever for the kingdom’s de facto ruler to revive growth and get his economic master plan, known as Vision 2030, back on track after what may be the deepest recession the world’s largest crude exporter has experienced since 1987. The PIF declined to provide further details on the planned investments. The fund intends to play a leading role in refocusing the economy toward underdeveloped industries like tourism and diversifying more...