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Norway’s SWF Posts 2.7% Return for 2015

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Yngve Slyngstad

Yngve Slyngstad

Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) returned 2.7%, or 334 billion NOK, in 2015. Real estate was the best performing asset class at 10%. The wealth fund’s allocation to real estate moved up to 3.1% of assets. Norway’s GPFG also opened offices for real estate in Tokyo and Singapore. Equity investments returned 3.8%, while fixed income investments posted 0.3% in returns. At year-end 2015, the fund had a market value of 7,475 billion NOK.

View Sovereign Wealth Fund Profile of Norway’s GPFG

In a press release statement, Yngve Slyngstad, CEO of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) commented, “2015 was a volatile year, with negative interest rates, currency turmoil, falling oil prices and weaker growth expectations for emerging markets. We have seen fluctuations in the fund’s return from quarter to quarter, but overall a satisfying result.”

Slyngstad addressed media, commenting that Norway’s sovereign fund has not been a part of the global selloff of listed equities this quarter. Some of the wealth fund’s largest listed equity holdings at year-end December 2015 were Nestle, Apple, Roche Holding, Novartis, Alphabet (formerly Google), Microsoft, BlackRock and HSBC Holdings.

Comments on Brexit

On another note, according to a Reuters interview with Yngve Slyngstad, he mentioned if Britain left the European Union it would not be a significant risk to its investments. Slyngstad said in the interview, “We will continue to be a significant investor in the UK at about the same level as we are today and probably even increasing our investments there going forward no matter what happens.”

PSP Investments and Blue Sky Alternative Investments End Strategic Partnership Agreement

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Blue Sky Alternative Investments Limited informed Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) that it agreed to terminate its strategic agreement effective March 31, 2019. In December 2017, Blue Sky Alternative Investments forged an agreement with PSP Investments to assist in committing capital in a number of agricultural investments.

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Yield-Hungry Korean Insurance Capital Backs TSX Broadway

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Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd., the Seoul-based investment banking firm, has provided a US$ 375 million loan for a redevelopment in New York’s Times Square. It joins L & L Holding Company, Maefield Development, and Fortress Investment Group who are bringing the development known as TSX Broadway to life. The building is at 1568 Broadway in Manhattan. TSX Broadway, a US$ 2.5 billion project when all equity financing is added in, will allow for renovations and expansion of the 46-storey building. An LED screen, which is not an uncommon sight in the Big Apple, will wrap around the corner of the tower. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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OFFICIALS: Saudi Crown Prince Denies Interest in Acquiring Manchester United

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The Saudi Arabian government dispelled rumors that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will acquire football club Manchester United. However, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) had talks regarding sponsorship with the football club. Manchester United signed a partnership deal with Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority in 2017.

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