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The Adaptability of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Shines in 2022, Promising Future Growth

Abu DhabiThe Adaptability of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Shines in 2022, Promising Future Growth

The annual report for 2022 from the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) summarizes the Authority’s accomplishments and initiatives during the previous year.

The Authority has made substantial efforts in recent years to increase its investment flexibility and responsiveness to shifting market conditions, according to H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Managing Director of ADIA.

ADIA was effective in collecting pockets of absolute return across asset classes, underscoring the significance of its diversified portfolio in a year where equities and bonds had an unusual correlation, he continued in his report’s introduction statement.

He noted that on December 31, 2022, ADIA’s 20-year and 30-year annualized rates of return, on a point-to-point basis, were 7.1 percent and 7.0 percent, respectively, compared to 7.3 percent and 7.3 percent in 2021, and that ADIA continued to explore data-driven and quantitative strategies at both a total portfolio and asset-class level.

He noted that financial markets will probably continue to be susceptible to a variety of outside factors in 2023. These include the future course of global economic expansion and inflation, potential harm from financial institutions being subjected to monetary tightening, and persistent geopolitical concerns. 

It is projected that more than $3 trillion is needed annually to support global economic growth and provide populations with necessities. Importantly, this also includes initiatives aimed at accelerating 

He emphasized that ADIA has a keen understanding of the substantial effects that climate change will continue to have on the investing environment and the opportunities that it brings. The One Planet Sovereign Wealth Funds (OPSWF) CEO Summit, which brought together international institutional investors with total assets over $37 trillion, was co-hosted by ADIA in Abu Dhabi in 2022.

He emphasized that the priorities of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority closely align with the goals of the UAE, as evidenced by the nation’s role as the host of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), noting that this summit witnessed the establishment of a permanent platform, OPSWF, to enhance collaboration among global institutional investors on issues related to the energy transition

We are excited about the prospects that lie ahead and in our ability to carry out our purpose well into the future, he said.

The annual report states that Abu Dhabi Investment Authority has been successful in improving its operations dramatically in recent years, strengthening its ability to provide exceptional performance in a dynamic and changing investment environment.

According to the research, structural improvements at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority have improved the organization’s focus and allowed it to better mobilize resources in order to take advantage of opportunities that arise quickly and produce the best returns across the whole portfolio.

Enhancing investment and support activities within Abu Dhabi Investment Authority through the establishment of two connected and integrated divisions, the Central Investment Services Department (CISD) and the Core Portfolio Department (CPD), is one of its essential components.

In order to enable ADIA to manage the entire portfolio and assist the investment departments in putting their goals into action, the paper states that both divisions were established in 2021 and further improved their models in 2022.

The study also notes that, starting in 2022, the Authority divided its teams responsible for investing in real estate and infrastructure into separate divisions.

It explains that as a long-term investor, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority places great importance on defining the basic features of the investment landscape, both now and in the future. As a result, in recent years, there has been an increased emphasis on scientific thinking and the development of data-driven quantitative methodologies that allow it to take advantage of the inherent uncertainty that characterizes investment markets.


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