Strong quarter for Norwegian oil fund

Europe’s largest equity investor, the Government Pension Fund Global, also known as the Norwegian oil fund, the sovereign wealth fund that invests royalties from the country’s oil and gas industry, has reported its third strongest quarterly performance ever.

The fund returned 3.8% overall, or NOK298bn (€32.5bn) over the quarter, with equity investments returning 5.5% and fixed income investments 0.8%. Unlisted property returned 0.5%.

Over the last month of the quarterly period, total return exceeded total inflows, said Yngve Slyngstad, CEO of Norges Bank Investment Management, the manager of the fund.

The value of the fund was helped by the depreciation of NOK over the period. The market value on 31 March was NOK7,867bn (€859bn) at which time 64.6% was invested in equities, 32.9% in fixed income and 2.5% in unlisted property. The fund’s biggest equity holdings include Nestle, Royal Dutch Shell, Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Roche and Novartis.

The figures are preliminary, and final figures will be published on 28 April.


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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