Do they even know that, Norway’s finance ministry will tighten risk controls over the country’s sovereign wealth fund but has rejected calls for an end to active management?
The scope for active management of the NKr2,757bn US$456bn) oil fund will be limited after criticism of its performance during the financial crisis.
Norway has been reviewing its investment strategy since the fund lost 23 per cent of its value in 2008, doing worse than the decline in the benchmark portfolio against which it is measured. Initial calls for a shift to passive management have become more muted as the fund recovered most of the previous year’s losses in 2009 and outperformed the benchmark by 4.1 percentage points.
However, the report proposed the scope for active management, measured in terms of expected tracking error from the benchmark, should be reduced from its upper limit of 1.5 percentage points to 1 point.
Other proposals included limits to leverage and tighter regulation of risk concentration.
The fund, officially known as the government pension fund, recorded a return on investment of 25.6 per cent in 2009, the best in its 13-year history, on the back of its worst performance the year before.
As the Norway Fund went into the crisis underweiged equities, it used the opportunity to load up on equities last yr.
Our MPs should be asking ministers why S’pore is not following the Norwegians?
Fat chance as they never asked these the questions in this posting.
In Marchm Carl Heinz Daube, the head of Germany’s formidable debt management agency, travelled to China and Singapore for a meeting with two of the world’s biggest investors – as part of an attempt to tap a new pool of investors, such as sovereign wealth funds – who might be willing to buy German government bonds.
Sumething that the FT said “that would have seemed almost unimaginable – or unnecessary – five years ago.”