FT's Gillian Tett comments [FT.com] on the sudden popularity of Sovereign Wealth Fund constructs, including among western countries. She notes in particular that the UK Treasurer Osborne announced to set up one in his autumn statement [FT.com]:
we’re announcing a new Sovereign Wealth Fund for the North of England so that the shale gas resources of the North are used to invest in the future of the North.The revenues of shale gas are for now still largely illusionary. The question why the UK didn't set up a SWF for for their real revenues from the North sea was discussed in the Guardian [oxcarre.blogspot.com] not too long ago. On the OxCARRE [oxcarre.ox.ac.uk] website you'll find further research on Sovereign Wealth Funds and optimal savings of commodity export revenues.