Norwegians stick with equities in October

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Norwegian retail investors kept increasing their net savings in equity and balanced funds through October, despite the stock market falls experienced, according to figures published by the Norwegian Fund and Asset Management Association (VFF).

Net savings of some NOK325m (€38m) were made by retail investors in equity funds, and some NOK373m (€44m) in balanced funds. This made October the month with the biggest net savings in these two types of funds so far this year, the Association said.

Norwegian institutional investors put a net NOK1.7bn (€201m) into equity and balanced funds, while those selecting funds for their retirement savings put a net NOK1.2bn into the funds. Foreign investors put NOK4.3bn (€507m) into the funds on a net basis through the month.

“This shows that most Norwegians have understood that they should not sell shares when stocks are falling,” said Lasse Ruud, managing director of VFF.


Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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