Regular fund savings grow across Norway

The number of contracts signed between retail savers and financial services providers to invest regularly into funds increased by some 25,000 over the past year, according to a survey from the Norwegian Fund and Asset Management Association (VFF).

It said that last year’s number came on top of some 60,000 new regular savings contracts signed the year before; total regular investments into equity and balanced funds through this method of savings is now NOK717m (€76m) monthly.

Typically involving retail customers who also have bank accounts, the contracts may start from as little as NOK100 (€10.5) per month, which is automatically transferred to an account that is used to acquire fund shares. SpareBank 1, for example, allows customers who have signed up to use this method of saving enables them to change the regular sum via mobile and internet banking.

By averaging out the purchase sums and engaging in regular investments, investors can reduce the problem of timing the market wrong.

Some 800,000 Norwegians, out of a UN estimated population of 5.3 million, have signed up for regular savings this way, investing an average of NOK896 (€94.7) per month, which is a gain of some NOK16 on the previous year, VFF said. People aged 40-59 account for the largest share of such savings. The data also suggests that men on average save 74% more than women via this savings regime.


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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