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Norway's sovereign wealth fund hits record $1 trillion

Staff Writer | September 12, 2017
The value of Norway's sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, hit $1 trillion for the first time on Tuesday.
Norway sovereign wealth fund
Europe   Established in 1998
At 1034 GMT, a live update on the fund's website showed its value at 7.851 trillion Norwegian crowns ($1.00 trillion).

Run by a unit of the central bank, the fund invests all its money in foreign stocks, bonds and real estate, with holdings spread among 77 countries.

Almost two thirds of assets were held in equities at the end of the second quarter, with stakes in about 9,000 companies, giving it control over 1.3 percent of all globally listed stocks.

Under a recently revised fiscal rule, governments can spend 3 percent of the fund's value per year, corresponding to 235 billion crowns of the current size.

The 2017 budget earmarks 221 billion for spending, or 2.8 percent of the value.