Norway Eyes Overhaul of SWF Management

June 28, 2017 by Loch Adamson

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This week, a government-appointed commission in Norway drops a bombshell when it recommends that the country’s central bank should no longer be involved in managing the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund; meanwhile, the team running Norway’s sovereign fund adds its voice to calls to exclude companies with non-voting shares from key indexes in a push to improve corporate oversight; and the Qatar Investment Authority reportedly hands equity stakes in 18 domestic companies back to the Ministry of Finance. Lawmakers Consider Splitting Oversight of SWF from Central Bank On Friday, a government-appointed commission in Norway recommended that the management of the country’s $960 billion sovereign wealth fund should be split from the country's central bank, which has overseen the fund since its launch in 1996. Any changes in governance of the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), which is run by Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), an arm of the…

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