Critics blast lack of Oil Fund ‘buffers’

Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund known as the “Oil Fund” is far too vulnerable to swings in the financial markets, argue critics. They claim a lack of buffers to reduce the impact of swings that can cut into market value is a glaring omission on the part of the state government responsible for the fund. […]

US pipeline opponents back in Oslo

A group of North American women representing the indigenous groups fighting construction of disputed pipeline projects in the US and Canada have been back in Oslo this week. They’re urging Norwegian politicians and financiers to cut all ties to the projects, but Norway’s sovereign wealth fund known as the Oil Fund was non-committal. Norwegian Broadcasting […]

Oil Fund passes ‘new milestone’

Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund known as the Oil Fund surpassed a market value of a trillion US dollars this week, at around 2am on Tuesday September 19 to be exact. It was the first time the fund hit the record level, and its chief executive allowed himself to be impressed. “I don’t think anyone […]

Prudence prevails in use of Oil Fund

Even though Finance Minister Siv Jensen has tapped into more of Norway’s oil revenues than any of her predecessors, to pad the state budget, the country’s famous Oil Fund just keeps growing. It’s the ultimate piggy bank, more than 70 percent bigger now than when Jensen assumed her post in 2013, and new figures show that […]

Oil Fund pumps up new tax principles

Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund, which has become a powerful investor around the world, is now launching what some call “a little revolution” in tax principles and transparency. Popularly known as the “Oil Fund,” it has released an “expectation document” that basically asks the companies in which it invests to improve their tax morals and pay more tax where […]

Oil Fund urged to cut stakes in alcoholic beverage production

Calls are going out for Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund, known as the Oil Fund, to cut its investment holdings in companies selling alcoholic beverages. The calls intensified on reports that Dutch brewery giant Heineken has engaged in questionable operations in Africa. Newspaper Dagsavisen reported that the Oil Fund has invested NOK 62 billion in […]

Oil Fund asked to dump pipeline, coal

The president of Norway’s Sami Parliament (Sametinget) accompanied women from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to a meeting in Oslo this week, where they appealed to the Ethics Council that oversees the investments of Norway’s huge Oil Fund. They want the Oil Fund, which is under coal scrutiny as well, to dump its stakes in the three companies behind […]

Norway’s Oil Fund just keeps growing

Analysts and politicians weren’t expecting much, but Norway’s huge sovereign wealth fund known as the Oil Fund logged a good year last year. It ended up with a 6.9 percent return, much higher than the 2.7 percent logged in 2015, and grew in overall size by a dizzying NOK 447 billion (USD 54 billion). Some […]

Bank boss had to alter annual address

Norway’s central bank boss Øystein Olsen had to make some last-minute changes in his important annual address on the economy Thursday evening. Just hours before he took the podium, government leaders announced they were finally going along with something he’s recommended for years: putting new limits on the use of Norway’s oil revenues. Olsen, governor of […]

Government reins in Oil Fund use

Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Finance Minister Siv Jensen, who have transferred more money from Norway’s Oil Fund to the state budget than any of their predecessors, now propose tying such withdrawals in the future to “more realistic,” and lower, expected returns. That can further limit the use of Norway’s oil revenues, and they also want to […]