The Norges Financial institution, Norway’s central financial institution, in Oslo, Norway, on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023.
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Norway’s $1.4 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, on Tuesday reported losses of two.1% within the third quarter, as all asset courses fell in worth.
The so-called Authorities Pension Fund World returned a lack of 374 billion Norwegian kroner ($34 billion) within the third quarter, citing a weaker three-month interval, in comparison with the primary half of the yr.
The outcomes had been nonetheless 0.17 share factors stronger than the return on the fund’s benchmark index. The fund final reported a quarterly loss one yr in the past.
It comes at a time when the market stays weighed down by longer-term issues in regards to the broader financial surroundings.
“The inventory market noticed a weaker quarter in comparison with the 2 earlier quarters,” Trond Grande, deputy chief govt of Norges Financial institution Funding Administration, mentioned in an announcement. “It was notably the tech, industrials and shopper discretionary sectors which contributed negatively to the return,” he added.
Norway’s gigantic sovereign wealth fund was established within the Nineteen Nineties to speculate the excess revenues of the nation’s oil and gasoline sector. Thus far, the fund has put cash in additional than 9,200 corporations in 70 nations all over the world.
The fund reported a quarterly lack of 3.3% on its investments in unlisted actual property, whereas the third-quarter loss on its renewable power infrastructure investments got here in at 2.4%.
On the finish of the third quarter, equities made up 70.6% of the fund’s investments, a slight drop from three months earlier.