World’s biggest wealth fund dragged closer to dumping assets

Norway’s EUR 860 billion sovereign wealth fund is about to make history as it prepares to liquidate assets to cover government withdrawals.

Yngve Slyngstad | Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix

The crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic is playing out very differently for the Norwegian oil fund than the 2008 great recession.

Back then, Norway’s wealth fund used the global sell-off to buy up cheap stocks. This time, the fund will probably need to offload a sizable chunk of its bond portfolio.

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