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Norway reviews GPFG strategy

Norway is looking into whether GPFG, the world’s largest sovereign fund, should take on more diversifying assets and expand its tracking error. The fund’s ESG performance is also under review.

How GPFG built its property portfolio

In the six years since Norway’s finance ministry approved the $871 billion Government Pension Fund Global invest in foreign real estate, its real estate arm has built a substantial portfolio.

Asset owners invisible in capital debate

Asset owners are not visible in the policy debate about the structural shortage of long-term capital, according to Sony Kapoor, managing director of Re-Define, an economic and financial think tank that advises policy makers and civil society in the European Union. Kapoor, who recently completed a paper critiquing the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund’s investment strategy,... Read more »

New way for Norway’s investments

The Norwegian government should establish a new fund, the Government Pension Fund – Growth, to invest in developing countries, resulting in the dual benefits of jobs creation and investment returns for the fund, recommends a report by Re-define, commissioned by Norwegian Church Aid. The NCA, which is a member of the humanitarian alliance, Act Alliance,... Read more »

Pushing smart beta further

The rise of smart beta has just got another boost thanks to a study commissioned by Norway’s ministry of finance for its Government Pension Fund Global. It asked index provider MSCI to look into the feasibility of running smart beta strategies for large portfolios. Very few institutions with the size of GPFG’s $400-billion equity portfolio... Read more »

Parrado’s guide to building sovereign wealth funds

They may be on opposite sides of the Earth, but Chile in Latin America and Central Asia’s sparsely populated Mongolia share more than a few similarities. Both boast some of the biggest copper deposits in the world and now Mongolia has turned to Chile for advice on how best to steward income from its forecast... Read more »

Mercer lists priorities for Norway’s GPFG

A report finding Norway’s $582.7-billion sovereign wealth fund could face significant losses in a range of climate-change scenarios is unlikely to result in changes to the fund’s investment strategy, Norway’s state secretary Hilde Singsaas says. Norway’s Ministry of Finance released the report into the Government Pension Fund Global’s (GPFG) that it commissioned from Mercer and... Read more »

Norwegian-French property liaison

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global and AXA Real Estate will form a real estate joint venture, with the sovereign wealth fund committing €702.5 million ($1.01 billion) for a 50 per cent investment in seven Parisian properties.

…while Ministry of Finance dictates new guidelines for responsible investing

Norges Bank, the manager of the $456.4 billion (NOK 2,549 billion) Government Pension Fund Global, will integrate considerations of good corporate governance and environmental and social issues into its investment activities under an ambitious new requirement set out by the Ministry of Finance.

Manager shakeup at Norway’s SWF as real estate approved…

A shakeup of service providers is expected at Norway’s $456.4 billion (NOK 2,549 billion) Government Pension Fund Global, as the sovereign wealth fund gains approval to invest up to 5 per cent in real estate, at the expense of bonds, at the same time it looks to fill equities mandates in 21 different regions and... Read more »